There isn’t a score or selection of music anywhere in the world that more effectively expresses my feelings for this life. Miss Salonga tells us, “I dreamed a dream in time gone by, when hope was high and life worth living…”
There indeed was a time, a time I remember so very well, the time of my youth. I was so happy during those years. All was right with the world. There was a camaraderie, a kinship felt by many people that is all but lost today. Even once close neighbors now distance themselves.
Each day had brought a new excitement, a new longing. I often found it difficult to sleep because of the anticipation, the excitement. “Then it all went wrong…”
You can say that again! We grew up and took our places in this madness called life. We found jobs and became indentured slaves and fell in, lock step, to the tune of employees.
A very few of us created businesses and became the tyrants we came to know as “the boss.” A lot of us found love and got married and found company in the misery of this life. Then two thirds of us discovered the torment of divorce.
“I Had a Dream” is part of a musical play inspired by Victor Hugo’s novel, “Les Miserables.” It’s French and means the miserable, specifically, the miserably poor people of Paris.
Now expand the poor of Paris to that of the poor of the world: three and a half BILLION people, half the world’s population, are without running water, sewage, food and a place to lay their heads. No worries! Why, thanks to Capitalism, we now have trillionaires!
Miss Salonga ends with these haunting words, “…now life has killed the dream I dreamed.” But, as with Bobby McFerrin’s words of wisdom lamented, “Don’t worry, be happy!