My mother died in 1983. That is when I got my first good taste of this illusion called reality. It is ironic that the song I wrote about my dead mother was the first original composition of mine that I really liked. But this is not that song. The song I am presenting here was written about a paranormal event that happened almost a year after my mother died. I was living with a friend and his family in Syracuse New York. My friends sister was visiting from Colorado, and I don't recall discussing my mother with his sister. In fact, we spoke about the weather during her brief visit of but that was all.
One night I dreamed that I walked into the living room and my mother was alive, sitting in a chair by the picture window at the front of the house. My mother was smiling at me, and I was very happy to see her again. I ran to embrace her and when I awoke in my bed the sun was shining. I was still very excited, and I hurriedly put on my clothes and went to tell my friends mother of my wonderful dream. She was down the hallway in her bedroom sitting on the edge of the bed. I told her of my wonderful dream, but her reaction was quite unexpected.
She was in shock! She quickly explained that her daughter had awakened earlier and commented that her sleep had been disturbed in the middle of the night by the sound of footsteps through the house. Now, that is not so remarkable since 5 people were living in that house. However, what she told her mother next is quite remarkable indeed. Her complete report is as follows:
"Mom, I woke up in the middle of the night and heard someone walking through the house, but I knew it was "..." (she said my mothers name) and I knew everything was alright; so I went back to sleep".
Now I was in shock, and also even more excited. Apparently, because I had so sorely grieved the loss of my mother, she came back to show me that she was O.K., and that I could get on with my life. It wasn't a dream after all, but a vision! And my friends sister was used to verify the authenticity of my mothers visit. I am also certain that I had never spoken my mothers name to this young woman.
The song that I present here is a conversation with my dead mother. The song was written as I reflected on the memory of her wonderful visit that summer night in 1984. I suppose many people do not believe in the afterlife, but that is their problem. I am immortal, everyone I have ever loved is immortal, and they are never far from me.
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