“Hold your breath, make a wish, count to three… Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination.”
When I was a little girl, I remember watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for the first time and being crazy inspired. I still daydream of having a house with edible wallpaper and a whimsical backyard where gummy bears and sweets hang from the trees. So magical! But even more magical, was watching my dad’s emotional expression when the song Pure Imagination came on. I didn’t understand until I was older the meaning behind the beautiful lyrics.
“If you want to view paradise
Simply look around and view it
Anything you want to, do it
Want to change the world?
There’s nothing to it”
Those words still give me goose bumps!
I remember a time when I was feeling pretty low and struggling (who am I kidding, I still do this) and my dad said, “look for the gold in your own backyard.” That stuck with me, because it’s true. It’s up to each of us to make the best of the cards that we’ve been dealt in life. We can choose to see what we want to see and hear what we want to hear. We can do anything we want to if we really put our minds to it… if we have a little imagination. I also know, far too well, it take’s a lifetime of practice to really push ourselves and live up to our full potential. But you have to start somewhere. Baby steps.
This month is my dad’s birthday month, so I thought it would only be appropriate to play my own arrangement of Pure Imagination for my dad (on my very old piano).
Again, please forgive me, I’m not a professional pianist, and my piano is 0ver 100 years old and not perfectly in tune. Also, I recored this on my iPhone, so the sound quality isn’t the best, but I’m using what I have.
Happy Birthday Dad! I made this arrangement especially for you!
“There is no
Place to go
To compare with your imagination
So go there
To be free
If you truly wish to be.”