If you could somehow see authors who are no longer with us smile, you’d see James Allen (1864-1912), author of As A Man Thinketh, the turn-of-the-20th-century classic on the power of thought to direct the course of our lives, beaming from ear to ear upon hearing the song, “Reckless Dreams,” by dynamic Nashville-based singer-songwriter, Melanie Bresnan, since it coincidentally echoes to the T the message he expressed in the chapter of As A Man Thinketh titled Visions & Ideals.
Because bills need to be paid, and because our parents don’t want us to suffer, we’re understandably and prudently advised and encouraged to pursue careers that provide security, predictability and stability. In that process, though, passions and dreams can get overlooked, ignored or buried.
So it takes an individual with a healthy dose of belief, conviction, courage, desire and faith to swim against the tide and pursue his or her passion to fulfill his or her dreams.
And those who achieve their dreams often are — to quote the late great founder of Apple, Steve Jobs — the ones who actually “make a dent in the universe.”
In the words of James Allen from the first two paragraphs of the chapter titled Visions & Ideals:
|“The dreamers are the saviors of the world. As the visible world is sustained by the invisible, so men [and women], through all their trials and sins and sordid vocations, are nourished by the beautiful visions of their solitary dreamers. Humanity cannot forget its dreamers; it cannot let their ideals fade and die; it lives in them; it knows them as the realities which it shall one day see and know.
“Composer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sage — these are the makers of the afterworld, the architects of heaven. The world is beautiful because they have lived; without them, laboring humanity would perish.”
And in the words of Melanie Bresnan in “Reckless Dreams”:
|“The world’s always gonna need reckless dreamers,
Wide-eyed healers, bright-eyed schemers
Looking for the edge of what we know
And stepping over the line”
“Reckless Dreams” is an extraordinary song — made all the more special by Melanie’s use of the bodhrán, which she plays with deft authority and aplomb! You’re gonna LOVE the song!
Here’s the full snippet for you to enjoy now of Melanie performing “Reckless Dreams” with Pete Jacobs on Alive with Clive:
You’ll find the full version of the song in Melanie’s show with Pete on Alive with Clive, in which they performed four other songs from her EP, Reckless Dreams, too, in the Archives.
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