Here’s to the Ones Who Dream

Yesterday, I took myself to the movies. Yes, in the middle of the day, all by myself. And yes, I bought popcorn. After all, if I’m going, I might as well go big. Why did I go? you might ask. Why did I go on a random Thursday, when I could have been working, writing, getting my tires rotated, my laundry done or my mail file cleaned out?  Well, why does anyone go to the movies?

The answer is simple. To escape. To dream. To turn off our cell phones and sit in a theatre and forget about all the to do’s. Some of us will leave the theatre, still dreaming in daylight. At least, when we see a film that leaves us with a story, a song, and ideas worth dreaming on.

And what I saw left me with all three, plus a dance in my step. So yes, if you’re wondering – it was a musical. To be specific, a jazz musical. I know, I know – this is where many of you may stop reading, where you might say “I don’t like jazz” or you will decide you don’t want to hear about a sugar-coated schmaltzy song-and-dance confection.

La La Land isn’t that. It’s a story about artists, who, by their very nature, do live in their heads and in the stars most of the time. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t continue to be artists, to strive for their near-impossible seeming dreams. But this is also a story of two people falling in love in the real world, where young people (played by Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling) have complex emotions and tough choices to make.

Set in modern day LA but also within a movie studio lot, the film is a nod to actors & musicians of both today and yesterday. Fans of the old movie musicals of the 30s and 40s will be drawn to the nostalgia, as will fans of the jazz music from that era. The soundtrack is a gorgeous mix of solo piano, acoustic guitar & jazz band. The emphasis of the lyrics is not on beautiful (or perfect) singing but instead, telling the emotional stories of these two young artists in a uniquely human way. Of how two young artists came to a city of stars – with big dreams.


Here’s to ones who dream 

foolish as they may seem

here’s to the hearts that ache

here’s to the mess we make

***

A bit of madness is key

to give us new colors to see

who knows where it will lead us

and that’s why they need us

***

So, bring on the rebels, the ripples from pebbles

the painters and poets and plays

and here’s to the fools who dream

crazy as they may seem

here’s to the hearts that break

here’s to the mess we make 


And yes, after I left the theatre, I sang this song in my head and then out loud a few times – and wrote a poem.

They were artists, dreamers, poets, musicians, lovers – 

their passions carrying them through the night sky,

dancing a waltz to jazz rhythms,

stars born to fly!  

May we all keep singing, acting, writing, dancing, painting, playing, creating, loving and dreaming. For life. 

Author: seirich

A native of Illinois, I now live north of New Orleans, La, I love writing, music, theater, travel and my family. I've written and published three books of poetry and a children's novel: Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny. I'm now working on a second children's novel.

11 thoughts on “Here’s to the Ones Who Dream”

  1. Stacie,
    I took all 4 of my girls to see this, and we mostly loved it! This was my favorite part too! Her final audition where they ask her to tell a story, and she sings this song. My youngest just says that was “wrong” to sing when they asked for a story…oh, 14-year-old, you have a lot of learning to do:)

  2. “A bit of madness is [indeed] key” to preserve our sanity, to keep on going, to believe that the impossible is just something non-dreamers say… when they can’t make sense of the world.

  3. Loved this poem very much . Haven’t seen LA LA Land, but if you like musicals, you might really like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” on the CW in the USA (also on Netflix). Every episode there are new and perfectly placed songs. It’s easily the best thing I’ve seen on TV since Breaking Bad.

  4. I loved this from start to end… to go to the movies an ordinary day… we need to dream, it’s a seed for us…

    Love the way you have used rhyme in your poem..

  5. Stacie, I’m so glad that you went. “La La Land” is on my list. Of course I’m not in that age group but then, I go back, helps me keep young at movie, etc, times.
    Being inspiration for “the mess we made” adds more credibility to the film. I can relate to that, our mess had a different ending. Lips are sealed for more.
    Was it bit ‘chick-flickish’?
    ..

  6. BTW, we were in LA December boarding our Princess ship for a 31 day South American cruise ending in Rio de Janiero. Our grandson and his wife met us at the pier (could just drive to it) and we drove to a coffee shop, spending a couple of hours with them before we sailed. He works with Stars and Athletes as PR for “Celebrity Sweats”, an upscale fitness chain.
    I’ve been posting parts of the cruise on my “Jim’s Little Blog” on Friday evenings. My link here should go there.
    (This is more a note to you than a comment so you don’t need to publish this.)
    ..

    1. Jim – I’ve always wanted to go on a cruise, but suffice to say that at this point in life it will remain a dream! Would love to take a look at your cruise photos/musings. I was in LA in May last year & visited with a friend who is a pro dancer in a circus (yes, really). I definitely felt a bit less upscale than many of those we saw as we walked among the shops & stars! How exciting for your grandson & family to be living & working in such a beautiful place! Thanks for your comments 🙂 Stacie (p.s. in order to reply, I think this had to publish!)

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