This week’s weekly writing challenge was all about music and the important part of it plays in our lives.
I love music. It’s been a part of me for most of my life. I’ve even played a few instruments (clarinet, violin, French horn, and piano) and had the honor of something I composed be the theme for a cable access TV show. Each song that I know and love has a special meaning to me, but Come Sail Away by Styx especially.
I can’t tell you exactly when or where I started to like it. Like all the ones that I love, this one kind slowly integrated itself into my life. One moment, it was just another song I heard over the radio and then as I listened closer, I found something in the words that spoke to me. The lyrics talk about hope, dreams, carrying on despite the memories of what could have been or what should have been bogging me down, being a captain of my destiny that I want to share with other people, the ocean, and ships, both the tall ones and the ones that sail the stars. Though the song was written close to 40 years ago, the meaning of the words still holds true today.
And what exactly is that meaning? Well, for me, it’s the ability to carry on and keep believing in my dreams and myself, despite the fact that I carry with me a lot of regrets over the mistakes I’ve made and the timelines for those dreams that I haven’t met. And maybe, just maybe, one day, if I do keep believing and acting on that belief, I’ll be standing in the world of characters and stories that I’m working on getting published as my words are translated into a live action film.
The song is also about the celebration that will happen once that the dream of becoming a published author and having one of my books made into a movie is a reality. I imagine myself on the back of a horse, just waiting while the intro plays as other horses prance around the ring at Griffith Park Equestrian Center. Then as the piece builds to the crescendo, around the 2:20 mark where it says “but we’ll try the best that we can to carry on,” the other horses leave and I charge in, taking my victory lap at a break-neck gallop.
So come ride (or sail) away with me as we set a course on the virgin sea of dreams . . .