What I’m Dreaming Of
Originally by Trading Yesterday

This one is one of my favorites! First of all the lyrics are amazing, oh! I’ll add those in fact! Anyway, and it's totally my theme song. Plus it’s fun to song. But! In addition to that! How I got it made is a fun story!

So first of all, I loved this song long before I got to sing it, and I recognized it would be a great opening song for public speaking. So I wrote the band on myspace, and basically said something like,

“hey I don’t know if you actually have time to read these, so ill keep it short just in case.
3 years ago I broke my neck and now I'm permanently in a wheelchair. I like to do motivational speaking, and I love your song ‘What I’m Dreaming Of’
So, 1 would you mind if I used it? and 2 is there a minus track?”

They wrote back, and the entire message was

“1 yes 2 no”

I told that story to someone and they were like, “oh sad!” because it was short, but! I was way happy. They said I could use it! But I didn’t want to play it, I wanted to sing it!!

So, for Christmas ’07, my wonderful Mom contacted an old friend, Larry Ross, who happens to be the ward executive in my singles ward, and asked if he can make a minus track. He has nice recording equipment and a band.

I guess almost every band member got sick at some point during the process, but they did get it done, my dad went over and got it on his flash drive Christmas Eve haha. I had no idea, I opened a gift on Christmas, and it was my dads 2 gig flash drive. And I thought to myself, “um, I have a 4 gig flash drive…” but they told me to look what’s on it. I browsed the files and instantly recognized what it was, I was so excited! It was my favorite gift.

I also got Brother Ross to come over to record the vocals with me, I learned a lot for future recording on my own. But he did all the effects on this one. This was the 13th song I made, well, I sang and recorded, mostly Brother Ross made… Anyway, here’s the lyrics!

“Welcome to a new beginning
Welcome to a brand new side of me
This will be the life I'm meant to lead
More than just a midlife crisis
This will be a lighthouse in my soul
Taking me to what the future holds

I am not confined to steady ground
For fear of falling, I will fly

So I will live my life
Knowing I've got just one chance to make it right
Hope will be on my side this time
To live what I am dreaming of

Tear away my fall back option
Take away the safety net below
I'm taking my chances as I go
Life is more than just survival
Love will be the thing that sets me free
Just a little faith is all I need

I am not inclined to give up now
The sky is calling, I will fly

So I will live my life
Knowing I've got just one chance to make it right
Hope will be on my side this time
And I will spend my days
Knowing that the love I give won't go away
I will not stand and wait for life to come
I will live what I am dreaming of
I will not let failure hold me down
I am not afraid of learning from what comes around

So I will live my life
Knowing I've got just one chance to make it right
Hope will be on my side this time
And I will spend my days
Knowing that the love I give won't go away
I will not stand and wait for life to come
I will live what I am dreaming of
I will live what I am dreaming of”

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