About The Dream

Call me a hopeless romantic. Or, call me a naive child. Perhaps I am.

Maybe you might be, too. I had several people remind me today that the rainbow connection exists.

What is that, you ask? Years ago, it was a song . . .sung by a favorite character of my daughter’s and mine. It was brought to my doorstep again today, my birthday. I wasn’t particularly excited about it being my birthday, but the reminder was about a dream I had years ago . . . .and still do. Not the sort of dream in sleep, but a vision of a hopeful future.

It has arrived. The future, that is. And the reality of that dream is at hand.

The voice I heard in that song was none other than Kermit the frog. Yup! He sang it in his corny, twangy voice . . .but there was nothing corny about the lyrics. . . . .

Why are there so many songs about rainbows?
And what’s on the other side?
Rainbows are visions, but only illusions,
And rainbows have nothing to hide.
So we’ve been told and some choose to believe it
I know they’re wrong, wait and see.
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers and me.

Who said that every wish would be heard and answered
When wished on the morning star?
Somebody thought of that, and someone believed it,
And look what it’s done so far.
What’s so amazing that keeps us stargazing
And what do we think we might see?
Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers, and me.

All of us under its spell,
We know that it’s probably magic…

… Have you been half asleep? And have you heard voices?
I’ve heard them calling my name….
Is this the sweet sound that calls the young sailors?
The voice might be one and the same
I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it
It’s something that I’m s’posed to be…

Someday we’ll find it, the rainbow connection,
The lovers, the dreamers, and me.

Some would make fun of this private feeling I have about these words. Let them! Today, I was reminded that I heard that sweet sound . . .those voices from within calling my name. It has been through that ‘inner voice’ that my dream . . .my vision . . .is here.
You, dear reader, and those with whom I have come to know through my art over the years are all part of the dream. It has materialized in greater and greater form every year since good ole Kermit sang the lyrics . . . .the dream, I mean. In a few days, I will board a plane bound for the East Coast to be with some of the worlds best watercolor painters . . which is more of the dream coming to life. . . . . . . Like Kermit said in his song . . . . .”I’ve heard it too many times to ignore it. It’s something I’m s’posed to be . . .”
You may smirk or snidely chide or even dismiss it. I never did. I still listen to the voice.

(Click Here if you’d like to hear Sarah McLachlan sing it as it should be sung.)

13 thoughts on “About The Dream”

  1. A great big Happy Birthday to you, Mike!!! It’s wonderful to get a peek at my BFF’s Dad. Looking at your art, I am speechless…Brenis has told me several times how really good you are, but I had no clue how good you really are!!! Holy Schmoly! I am in awe. Your post today was very insightful and sensitive and I find myself liking you already. Course, with a daughter like Bren, you’ve got to be one of the good guys.

    And, just so ya know, this hooker in Wisconsin doesn’t stand on corners…ohno…too cold!

  2. Thanks, everyone for your good thoughts and wishes. Peggy, Robin and Silvi . . . you guys know the dream . . .we share it, in fact. From what I can see, it is turning in the same direction for you!

  3. Hope your birthday was a special day for you. And so happy for the plans in your future. The words to the song were wonderful to read. May all of our hopes and dreams come true. Safe travels to you on your trip in a few days. And may God use you and your wonderful gift to share with others. Love your work, and did anyone ever tell you that you should write a book? You have a wonderful way with words…. something else to consider, in your “future”!

  4. SO True! 😀
    And as you taught me many years ago… if you don’t keep the end in sight… how do you know where you’re going, or when you’ve arrived?
    LOL .. the muppets hold much more wisdom than most realize! 🙂

  5. Mike,
    Many years ago I came across the same song but by Kenny Loggins. I played it for my girls when they were little. I hope they remember.

    As one of your students I can only thank you for putting yourself out there. I think the greatest gifts you give are believing in all of us and that it’s all about the process. The viewer is only interested in the end product. If I thought any differently I’d have quit long ago.

    Happy B-Day Man. Your the best.

  6. Mike, Happy Birthday! To many of us who have been fortunate enough to take your classes, you are the rainbow connection. I love your optimism, enthusiasm, and zest for life. And, oh yes, I love your art.

    Have a great time in the Big Apple! I am so proud of you.

  7. Hank and Mary . . .I WISH I was going to NYC for AWS. On the other hand I will be demonstrating and speaking at Kanuga Watercolor Workshops in North Carolina beginning on the 22nd of March. I will be joining Miles Batt, Judy Morris, Donna Zagotta, John Salminen and 8 other well known faculty members with over 200 painters attending. It is quite an event, that is for sure!!

    But thanks for believing in me!

  8. Mike, we certainly do believe in you! You will be in the best of company in North Carolina – what an event that will be. I can only imagine the energy and excitement. You will bring so much to your peers and the artists attending the event. Wish I could be there.

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