I released this song about a month ago now.
I hope you guys have been enjoying it!
If you haven’t heard it yet, take a listen here:
It is a song that kind of came out of no-where. I was not planning on writing a song at all. In fact I was playing my guitar earlier that night and was just frustrated with it so I put it away.
My son was in bed one rainy night and woke up crying and screaming uncontrollably. I thought at first that it was a night terror and that perhaps he would go back to sleep. Well, after a few moments I realized that he was definitely up.
He had this severity and urgency in his voice.
I walked into his room and he stood up immediately, reached for me and began to exclaim “Daddy come here!”. I picked him up and he just wailed on my shoulder. He threw his arms around my neck and buried his head in my chest as if his life depended on it.
I asked him if he was ok and he replied a very shaky, tear filled “yes”.
He couldn’t really remember what he was dreaming about, or maybe he was too scared to express it, but either way, it was real, it was intense and it was scary.
I was just glad that I was able to be there with him.
We eventually sat on the floor and he sat in my lap with his back up against my chest. His breathing was beginning to slow back down to a normal pace with the exception of a occasional sigh.
To watch my son experience this just broke my heart, but the moments during and after this are things that I hope to never forget.
Children really are a blessing and they remind me of that in the strangest times!
I can still quite vividly remember some of my nightmares as a child. And to this day, they feel quite real, quite intense and pretty scary. While I don’t know much about nightmares, I feel like they have their purpose, their place and their meanings. In some ways, they remind me of something so much bigger than our mundane day to day activities.
As a result of this night and all of these thoughts, I picked up my guitar fairly late that night, and this song came out of it.
I really like this song and am quite excited about it.
I hope that you all enjoy it to.
Please let me know what you think! I would love to hear from you guys!
Until next time.
Sunday | 7 September 2014
____ Jon ____
You have broken new ground here with “A Child’s Nightmare”.
It is filled with truth.
Some time ago, I was having dinner in a restaurant. Not far from my table there was a family — father, mother, and young son. The father was berating the boy, who was cowering in the corner of the booth. It was pretty horrifying to witness.
Before I left, I tore off a corner of my paper placemat and wrote a note: “I have not been blessed with a son. You have. Please take care of him.” I folded it carefully and handed it to the father, as I left. Our eyes met and I nodded to him with respect. Who knows? Maybe I woke him up. I hope so.
Happily, you are fully awake to the preciousness of your two boys — of their roles in your life — as emissaries of the present moment and of the truth — and yours in theirs — as their guide and their protector.
I celebrate you for that.
____ Dean ____