Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Impossible Dream

I received an email today with a powerpoint slide-show in it. "The Impossible Dream" was playing in the background. I haven't heard this song in a long time and it brought me back to my high school days when we sang this in choir. We sang a lot of popular tunes, and some not so popular. I mostly enjoyed performing them all, but there are some - like "The Impossible Dream" - that were especially good. The version on the slide show was instrumental but I had another version stuck in my head, so I went over to Imeem and listened to about 10 different versions and this is what I came back with. I guess it's overkill to put more than one - but what the heck! The first is the one that was stuck in my head, the second is longer but wonderful as well, and the third is a choral version (a tip of the hat to my choir days).

The Impossible Dream - Man Of La Mancha


The Impossible Dream (From-Man of La Mancha) - Steve Amerson

Choral: I didn't realize until I posted this that this one plays only a portion of the song! Rats! If you want to hear the full version just hop on over to Imeem. In fact, you can create an account (free and easy) and listen to all sorts of stuff...No, I'm not getting paid to promote them, I just find it a useful site.

The Impossible Dream - Ray Conniff and The Singers

"The Impossible Dream"

from MAN OF LA MANCHA (1972)
music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion

To dream the impossible dream
To fight the unbeatable foe
To bear with unbearable sorrow
To run where the brave dare not go

To right the unrightable wrong
To love pure and chaste from afar
To try when your arms are too weary
To reach the unreachable star

This is my quest
To follow that star
No matter how hopeless
No matter how far

To fight for the right
Without question or pause
To be willing to march into Hell
For a heavenly cause

And I know if I'll only be true
To this glorious quest
That my heart will lie peaceful and calm
When I'm laid to my rest

And the world will be better for this
That one man, scorned and covered with scars
Still strove with his last ounce of courage
To reach the unreachable star

Go out now and reach for your star!

1 comment:

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