Over the Rainbow . . . Into 2013

Of all the characters in The Eye-Dancers, Mitchell Brant is surely the biggest dreamer.  He imagines himself doing great things, performing prodigious feats, confronting and overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds.  Of course, when he looks in the mirror and sees himself as he really is, he often feels let down.

At one point in the novel, the narrative reads, “He looked up at the night sky again, wishing he could indeed jump through the void, catapult himself many light-years away, corral a star, and harness its energy to become the Mitchell Brant he wanted to be.”

So it often goes for the dreamers of dreams . . .

Readers of this blog have already probably figured out that I have a soft spot for vintage pop culture–old comics, old songs, old movies.  One of my favorites is The Wizard of Oz, and without question, my favorite scene is Judy Garland’s beautiful rendition of “Over the Rainbow.”   I am not alone, of course.  The song (and scene) is loved by millions, and was voted the best movie song of all time by the American Film Institute.

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“Over the Rainbow” captures the feelings Mitchell so often experiences.  Feelings of longing, hoping, wishing that things could be different.  Dreaming the dreams of optimism and hope, and faith.  Trying to believe there’s a better place, somewhere.  A better tomorrow.  And that all things, all goals, all dreams are possible.

“Somewhere over the rainbow, skies are blue,” Garland sings, the black-and-white Kansas farmland stretched out behind her, Toto ever at her side.  “And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.”  And the famous song ends:  “If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh why can’t I?”

And so with that in mind, I hope we can all have a little Mitchell Brant in us as the old year comes to a close and the new year begins.  Because as Mitchell also realizes, a little later on in The Eye-Dancers:

“He looked up, at the infinite black canvas of the sky, at the stars, which shimmered like precious jewels. . . . Maybe our dreams lived up there, among those stars.  All we needed to do was believe, and remember.

And reach.”

So, I urge all of you to join me.  As 2013 arrives, let’s look up, high, reach as far as we can, and follow our dreams.  We can find them . . . somewhere over the rainbow.

Happy New Year to all.

–Mike

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