Make It Matter Monday: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

The Wizard of Oz is one of my very favorite movies, and Somewhere Over the Rainbow is one of my all-time favorite songs. At my wedding I walked down the aisle to Israel “IZ” Kamakawewo’ole’s rendition. I danced with my dad. I danced with my husband.

In 2004, at a Martina McBride concert, I sat with my sister in the second row enjoying for the first time hearing the song sung live. We loved it. And actually, now that I’m thinking about it, it wasn’t the first time we heard it sung live – our mother use to sing that song when we were children all the time. It’s one of her favorite, too.

When I’m alone in silence, sipping a cup of coffee, Eva Cassidy sings it from her soul. Have you heard her version? Beautiful.

Last night Pink performed her rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow and it, too, was filled with soul and truly beautiful:

The way that each person is able to take that song and make it their own is so wonderful. That, too, is one of my favorite things about Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

For today’s Make It Matter Monday lets take a moment to think about the dreams we have, and how we can and will do our dreams a little differently than anyone else. How we will do them the way only we can do them. And lets think about the steps we’re going to take to make our dreams come true.

The other day while I was having a cup of coffee with a friend I was telling her about an artist-in-residence opportunity and I said, “I don’t know. It’s a little scary.”

My friend responded with, “If it scares you then you definitely need to do it.”

So, I sent off my application. You know what? I’m really happy that I did, and I’m really excited to hear if I will get to participate in the residency.

For those of you a little afraid of taking a leap or trying something that will help you write that book, or get that new job, or sing in public, or talk to the person sitting next to you (which you never do) – you in particular should know your dreams are worth the risk. Go ahead, take a chance.

“And the dreams that you dare to dream Really do come true . . .”

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