Hall & Oates – “You Make My Dreams”


“You Make My Dreams” is a single by Hall & Oates. Released in May 2, 1981, this single is from their album Voices. The song reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1981.

In the October 16, 2009 issue of Entertainment Weekly, Daryl Hall listed this as one of his Top 5 Hall & Oates songs. He explained:

“It’s funny – it’s ubiquitous, especially now. I think because it’s such a happy song, just a pure expression of joy. And it’s set to a really old-time-gospel kind of groove. The fact that they use it in a pivotal scene in (500) Days of Summer… I’m very flattered.”

Hall & Oates wrote this keyboard-driven classic with Sara Allen, who was Daryl’s girlfriend and the subject of the song “Sara Smile.” John Oates in 2011 said of the track:

“It’s a great song, simple as that. Good songs are good songs. They stand on their own, they can be stripped away of the production. A song is what happens when a writer sits down on their individual instrument and creates something out of nothing. And there’s magic involved and there’s inspiration involved. ‘You Make My Dreams Come True’ represents a vibe, it represents a collaboration between myself and Daryl and the band in the studio in the ’80s. Its simplicity and directness is where the charm lies in that song.”


LYRICS:

What I want, you’ve got
And it might be hard to handle
But like the flame that burns the candle
The candle feeds the flame
What I’ve got’s full stock of thoughts and dreams that scatter
You pull them all together
And how, I can’t explain
But you make my dreams come true
On a night when bad dreams become a screamer

When they’re messin’ with the dreamer
I can laugh it in the face
Twist and shout my way out
And wrape yourself around me
‘Cause I ain’t the way that you found me
I’ll never be the same
‘Cause you make my dreams come true
I’m down on the daydream
That sleepwalk should be over by now
I know that you make my dreams come true

Review: The Book Thief

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Set in 1939 Nazi Germany, The Book Thief is a story about Liesel Meminger narrated by Death. Liesel is fostered by the Hans and Rosa Hubermann in Molching, near Munich during World War II. Liesel becomes best friends with her neighbor Rudy, a boy who idolizes the black Olympic champion sprinter Jesse Owens.

“I guess humans like to watch a little destruction. Sand castles, houses of cards, that’s where they begin. Their great skill is their capacity to escalate.”

The Book Thief is a wonderful story full of emotions. It is simply a beautiful and painful story of a young girl as she deals with an important and tragic point in history. Death’s haunting and sympathetic narration was brilliant. It was simply an outstanding book from start to finish.

THE BOOK THIEF—LAST LINE
I have hated the words and
I have loved them,
and I hope I have made them right.

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The Beach Boys – “Feel Flows”

Feel Flows” is a song by the American rock band The Beach Boys from their 1971 album Surf’s Up. Released in August 30, 1971, this song was written by Carl Wilson and Jack Rieley. Carl Wilson’s lead vocals were recorded using reverse echo.

We have Beach Boys guitarist Carl Wison and their manager at the time, Jack Rieley, to thank for this ethereal song packed with lyrics like “Encasing all embracing wreath of repose.” While his brother Brian Wilson wrote most of The Beach Boys classics, Carl had a big part in the Surf’s Up, doing a lot of production work on the album and also co-writing “Long Promised Road” with Rieley – Carl sang lead on both tracks as well. Explaining the spiritual nature of his songs, Carl said, “We believe in God as universal consciousness. God is love, God is you, God is me, God is everything here in this room.”

Lyrics:
Unfolding enveloping missiles of soul
Recall senses sadly
Mirage like soft blue like lanterns below
To light the way gladly
Whether whistling heaven’s clouds disappear
Where the wind withers memory
Whether whiteness whisks soft shadows away
Feel flows (White hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feel goes (Black hot glistening shadowy flows)

Unbending never ending tablets of time
Record all the yearning
Unfearing all appearing message divine
Eases the burning
Whether willing witness waits at my mind
Whether hope dampens memory
Whether wondrous will stands tall at my side
Feel flows (White hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feel goes (Black hot glistening shadowy flows)

Encasing all embracing wreath of repose
Engulfs all the senses
Imposing, unclosing thoughts that compose
Retire the fences
Whether wholly heartened life fades away
Whether harps heal the memory
Whether wholly heartened life fades away
Whether wondrous will stands tall at my side
Whether whiteness whisks soft shadows away
Feel goes (White hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feel flows (Black hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feel goes (White hot glistening shadowy flows)
Feelings to grow (White hot glistening shadowy flows)

White hot glistening shadowy flows
White hot glistening shadowy flows
White hot glistening shadowy flows