In today’s age, technology has flooded our lives with content. Caught in the mire are modern musicians who champion an art form that’s more widely distributed than any other throughout human history. And we, more often than not, overlook the music created by unfamiliar faces because it’s challenging. We’d rather have an easy listen, a known quantity to skim through while we think about something else.
Hearing is easy, but listening is difficult. Welcome to “Why We Like It”, where we rebuke the trends in favor of thoughtful analysis and underknown sounds.
“Dreamer” — Kabwasa
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Why We Like It
There are only three certainties in life: death (unless you’re Deadpool), taxes (unless you’re rich) and dreams (unless you‘re a psychopath, again possibly Deadpool). Of the three, only one of them was added to the traditional cliche by me to serve the purpose of catching your attention with this introduction (sorry about the fourth wall breaking thing, I’ve been reading about Deadpool). Everybody sleeps, so everybody dreams and everybody agrees that dreams are nearly impossible to catch and undeniably in-corporeal in nature. So why do we chase them?
“Dreamer” by Kabwasa is a celebration of the dreamer. It’s about the act of chasing dreams, not necessarily catching them, because they’re felt more than measured. Produced by Club Yokai, “Dreamer” is carried on bright bells and a bass that booms with Kabwasa’s flow in a way that snaps the attention to the chop of his rhymes. He blends rapping with a sing-song cadence as he pines, “I been swimmin’ thinkin’ bout dry land / Damn if I said the world was mine / I been in a tough spot damn.” Stranded in an ocean of aspirations, each stroke through the apathetic surf and arduous gasp for air is powered by visualization of the relief of dry land more so than any concrete blessings to be found in open water.
In an email exchange, Kabwasa says his dream is, “to travel the world and spread joy through my music. To sing with and for as many people as possible.” Dreams are something we work towards, but it doesn’t really feel like they have a concrete ending. As Kabwasa says he wants to use his music to spread joy, there’s likely no measurable quantity of joy that would make him realize the dream to the point that he stops chasing it. Just like the visions in our sleep, dreams have an insubstantial quality because they’re a calling we feel more than we see materialized. The closer we get to them, the more they evolve to keep us chasing them.
“Dreamer” reminds me that we’re all dreamers — especially when we least feel like it. When drowning in open water and dry land is only a ghostly impression on our motivation — that’s when we feel the strongest urge to change our circumstances. Dreams don’t have to be held to be realized. We celebrate them through the act of chasing them.
Brandon: Is having a dream a conscious decision about something you want to pursue or is it more something you just feel?
Kabwasa: I think it’s something you feel. When you’re a dreamer, you don’t get to choose. You are just driven. You are driven because the thought of living a life that doesn’t involve that dream just doesn’t sound like a life worth living. That’s what drives me to continue to pursue this dream and live it. I think whether you realize it right away or later in life, we are all dreamers. We have to stop resisting our urge to follow our dreams and let them take control.
How do you think dreams evolve? Do they tend to fade or get more concrete the closer you get to realizing them?
Dreams continue to grow and evolve. Sometimes they change and you grow, but I don’t think they ever fade unless you force them to. You have to keep your dreams close to your heart. The longer that dream stays in your heart, the stronger it will become!
Do we ever really reach our dreams or do we just keep moving the goalposts?
The funniest part about having a dream is the chase. Chasing a dream is what makes life worth living. We have to always keep moving the goalpost. Always allowing the dream to grow and change and expand.
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