Your Wildest Dreams by The Moody Blues.

Everyone has dreams, some dream more than others. The biggest dreamers are often seen as out of this world but they’re not. There just more in touch with emotions and reaching for the stars. Today’s song talks about nostalgic dreams – when two people were once in love and happy. Now they are living separate lives but the man sometimes thinks about her.

Your Wildest Dreams was released as a single in April of 1986 from the band’s twelfth album, The Other Side of Life. It was written by lead guitarist, Justin Hayward. The single was very successful in the US going to #1 on Adult Contemporary, #2 on Mainstream Rock Tracks, and #9 on Billboard’s Hot 100.

In 1988, a sequel was made, “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere,” and released on their 14th album, Sur la Mer. Listen to it HERE.

Above is a live performance of today’s song from February 1987.


So Far Away by Dire Straits.

How do you deal with being far away from someone you love? How do you handle a long distance relationship? Over 3,000 miles away, in a different country, separated by an ocean. And what if that person was going to be in the US, with a layover flight just five hours away and you couldn’t be there? How do you not cry? I would really love to know the answer but there isn’t one…

So Far Away was released as a single in April of 1986 from the band’s fifth studio album, Brothers in Arms. It spent 14 weeks on the chart making #19 on the Hot 100 and #6 on Adult Contemporary. It also made the top 10 in Sweden, Switzerland, and Norway.

And I get so tired when I have to explain
When you’re so far away from me
See you’ve been in the sun and I’ve been in the rain
And you’re so far away from me…

Owner of a Lonely Heart by Yes.

I couldn’t agree more with the chorus of today’s song. Owner of a lonely heart, much better than-a owner of a broken heart. It’s true, loneliness is a lot easier to deal with than heartache. Heartache is miserable and it takes forever to rid from your mind. It’s permanent to your heart while loneliness can change.

Owner of a Lonely Heart was released as a single in November of 1983 from the album, 90125. It went to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and is the band’s highest charting single to date. The lyrics were written by guitarist Trevor Rabin, who had recorded an early demo of the song before joining the band.

The lyrics are somewhat contradictory to me. The chorus suggests that it’s safer to be lonely rather than hurt. However, the verses explore taking a chance, being yourself, and not hesitating in love. Well, what if you get hurt? Maybe it’s an inner battle between playing it safe vs. getting close to someone. What do you think?