I had a dream today as I took a mid-day nap after a sleepless night of work. In the dream, I was attending a drama class that I never enrolled taught by Samuel L Jackson (yea, Nick Fury himself ). I was late for class as other students were already scrambling to write a short skit, the impromptu assignment for the day. Samuel was speaking in an annoyed tone “I ain’t got all day…” when one of the student pair raised their hands and volunteered to present first. They brought along a tape recorder (that’s when I knew it was a dream) and played a song to introduce their skit. The song was “Learn To Fly” by the Foo Fighters.

Run and tell all of the angels
This could take all night
Think I need a devil to help me get things right

Hook me up a new revolution
Cause this one is a lie
We sat around laughing and watched the last one die

Chrous:

Now I’m looking to the sky to save me
Looking for a sign of life
Looking for something to help me burn out bright
I’m looking for a complication
Looking cause I’m tired of lying
Make my way back home when I learn to fly high

( Link: The rest of the lyrics )

It was a strange dream, but it was a great song. While I believe most modern day music is money-grabbing landfill, an inspired piece do find its way through the smog and set a generation of rockers on fire. Music, good music allows people to catch a glimpse of the great beyond where eagles fly and the truth, the real truth resides. It ignites hope in our hearts and point us upwards away from this mundane life towards… adventure.. towards freedom… towards heaven.

Epilogue: In 2015, a thousand musicians in Cesena, Italy came together to play Learn to Fly as an invitation for the Foo Fighters to visit them. It’s still an amazing video to watch.

Fly along with me, I can’t quite make it alone
Try to make this life my own
Fly along with me, I can’t quite make it alone
Try to make this life my own

 

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31