Week 7: Year of the dreamer

      Year of the dreamer - Simon Van Gend

07 Year of the dreamer

This week’s song was one where I kind of returned to my old ways and just wrote from the heart, not really thinking too much about what I was trying to say, just letting words come out, without trying too hard to construct it in any particular direction. It’s kind of a celebration of that way of doing things.

Last year I did a songwriting course that taught a very particular method in which you  with a strong idea, then outline it through three developmental stages, kind of like a mind-map with three boxes, with the idea growing in meaning through the verses of the song. I’ve been working hard to try to master this technique, and I guess Google Song and Suffer Well are two songs that came about by sort of applying this method. But all along there’s been a part of me rebelling against this whole constructed way of doing things, and saying, but wait, there’s a much more honest, simple and direct way of doing things, i.e. the way I’ve been doing things all these years.

Recently I read a book called Everything I know by Paul Jarvis. It really inspired me back into doing things my way – basically he says that the best way to stand out in the world as any kind of creative artist (he’s actually a web designer) is to have the courage to be yourself and to do things your way, not to feel you need to compromise to somehow fit in to what you think the world needs. That idea got me all fired up and the next morning I wrote this song. Would love to hear your thoughts about all this. Enjoy!

I’d offer to erase these thoughts
If I believed that there was some way to
Shake awake the ocean beast
Deep beneath the tranquil ocean blue

Doe-eyed I’d awaken
A brand new breath I’d take in and I’d
Turn towards the love I see in you

I’d sing a song about my love
For everyone and all I ever I knew
If I could catch a memory of
The chorus of that long-forgotten tune

With tender new wings aching
And the soul inside me quaking
I’d turn towards the love I’d see in you
Rise to greet the light come shining through

I like to guess in emptiness I do

Colour me in when I’m grey
Give me word balloons when I’ve got nothing to say
Send a cartoon ship to the cartoon castaway

You’ve got to keep it wide open,
The road to the ocean
Those murmurs of unspoken love

Got to dive in the deep where
The memories sleep where
The things that complete you live

I wandered all weekend
Adrift in the deep end
Through layers of sleep I arose

It’s the year of the dreamer,
The float on the streamer
The wanderer where no one knows

I like to guess in emptiness I do

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