What’s your favorite song of all time? Like most music lovers, I have a difficult time answering this question. My typical response to this seemingly impossible question, is whichever song I am listening to currently that I deem as a masterpiece. More on this later.
First and foremost, I hope you all enjoy this music video – a video unlike any I’ve ever attempted to do before. How did this video come to be? Well, I only had short clips of Dream On from different crowds over the years. People have asked me to upload the complete song, but I never had a complete song to upload.
Then a couple of months ago, I was asked yet again to upload a full live performance of the song when I had an idea….what if I combined all different performances to make one full-complete song?!?! I figured, it was worth a try. If the audio issues would be too difficult, then I’d ditch the project right away.
I’m happy to say, that while the audio isn’t perfect, it is pretty damn good, for spanning several different performances and 2 decades. I’m happy to share this music video with you.
I have to thank so many people. First I’d like to thank all the incredible musicians I shared the stage with over the years while performing this song. In no particular order (and you will see them in this video):
Bill Gangitano, Joe Gangitano, Charlie Mingoia, James Stewart, Kelly Gillen, Mike Mckeon, Glenn Schafer, Brendan Sparks, and Kristian Schott.
Next I’d like to thank all the videographers (in no particular order): Jackie Mingoia, Maddy Torrey, Justine Lynn, Danielle Uihlein, and Chris Baker.
Lastly, thank you to all the fans, my family and friends for all of your support over these years. Oh yeah – And Steven Tyler and Aerosmith for writing, performing and just being Rock Gods in general. I can’t imagine the feeling they get each time they perform this song to the masses.
Back to what I was saying before; there is something about Dream On by Aerosmith that seems to be in its own category as, My Favorite of All Time. It’s not the lyrics or the composition itself, but the combination of things.
I have performed this song since the formation of my first original rock band, Plateau, where we worked our teenage band into bars way before School or Rock or any performance-based-school was even a thing. It was there that I saw the magic in this song. It seemed to unite the crowd and transcend the mood of the venue into something positive. It connected all the musicians in the band to the crowd in such a consistent way each time we performed it.
As for me singing the song….well, it’s hard to explain. First, the crowd seemed to be transfixed on the entire band. Sometimes they would cheer us on as soon as they recognized the song, Other times they would applaud at the end of the song and thanked us for performing it. But, always, without fail, the crowd would scream, chant and applaud at the climax of the song when I would sing the high note Steven Tyler sang.
Fans, friends, and family who would follow the band, would ask us to play it at every show. They would tell me before the show or in between sets, “Don’t crack when you hit the high note.” At first I thought they were trying to jinx me. But, in time, I realized they wanted me to hit it and hit it strong and loud. Why?
I was told by some that the song gives them hope. There IS magic in the song. Don’t ask me how or why because I can’t fully explain it. Maybe it’s a hidden message in the song. Maybe it’s a combination of sonic bliss, high emotion, and nostalgia all in one.
What are you fighting for? What are you living for? As for me, the song means to never give up. Whether you’re following your dreams, your passion, your heart or fighting for something bigger – never give up.
That is the hidden message for me in the song. I’ll let you figure out the magic.
So, when I take the stage to sing this song, I am not only singing for me and the band. I am singing for every one in the crowd and I feel they know that. I’m happy to report I have never cracked hitting the high note live…and I can’t start now- haha! I’m not saying that to, “pat myself on the back” but to say, I feel that I haven’t let anyone down yet, when it comes to this song.
There is incredible pressure and yet, an amazing freeing feeling to sing this song to a crowd. Everyone wants me to hit that high note as if, everything will be okay if I do. I look forward to connecting to future audiences and never missing the high note.
Did I get too deep? Probably. But, that’s me.
Let me know what you think. I’ll see you all next week with a brand new video. Until then, keep that passion alive.
Dream On my friends,
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