Dreams in the Making didn't happen over night. In fact, it took 42 years. Not a long time compared to the age of a planet or galaxy, but in people years that's about half a lifetime. Like most creative endeavors, it began to take on a life of its own, with unpredictable and synchronistic events. It wanted to come out. I just want to know why it took so long.
Although I was totally unaware of it at the time, the genesis of Dreams in the Making took place while I was a teenager beginning to question what life--and particularly my life--was all about. I hadn't a clue.Maybe that explains why I was literally in a new place every year from age 18 to 30. It may explain the five colleges in five years. (Most of my friends went to one college in five years. Heck, anybody can do that.) It may explain all the travel around the U.S. and Europe. My Walden Pond in the hills of Santa Fe. My spiritual inclinations on the coast of Maine. The soul-searching. The feeling of "What the hell am I doing here." Sometimes I felt like I had gotten on the wrong planet by mistake. During this time I had done a variety of work, including public relations in Europe and the U.S., customer service for L.L. Bean, writing a book on osteopathic medicine in Tucson, caring for a quadriplegic young man in Santa Fe, and delivering fish to restaurants in Maine.
But with all of these changes in my life, songwriting had remained a constant. It had always been a wonderful outlet to express my feelings and my yearnings for something inspiring, and was indicative of where I was in my life. It was my therapy. One of the first songs I had written some 25 years ago called Dreamin' seems prophetic now:
Where would you be without a dream come true
A dream is the start to something new
So dream your little heart away
Who cares what other people say
Dream of something far away
Who knows it might come true someday
Music has been a dream of mine since I began writing songs at age 16. I dreamed of being another Billy Joel, John Denver or Neil Diamond. But after having settled down with a family and a home, that dream had evolved into something else -- namely, to inspire others through music to create a life of more meaning and joy, more purpose and passion. My life's journey has been my dream in the making.
Most people give up on their dreams by the time they're 30 or so. We're all so busy with work, family, school and our day-to-day lives. But it's never too late. At 42, I'm living proof. I feel like I'm just getting warmed up. I hope these songs inspire you to dream and have the courage to follow them through. Dream on!
January 1, 2001
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