The Vision

Written February 20, 1982
Recorded in 1985 (From the album "The Secret Kingdom")

This is another song off my first album ("The Secret Kingdom") from back in 1985. I originally wrote it while I was attending Midland College in Fremont, Nebraska in February of 1982. The song is basically about a dream world, and how its perfection makes the flaws of the real world more obvious.

As stated in a previous history entry, I wasn't afraid to use my falsetto at the time I recorded this album, and I perhaps overdid it a little in this song. But my favorite part of the song is the chord progression of the guitar part on the refrain, where I play some unusual variations of some of the chords.

There were a few songs on this album that I decided to have no bass guitar on, and replaced it with low end keyboard, and this was one of those songs. Once again, my friend Ken Toeller-- a fellow member of the "Party Of Erwin" from our High School days-- graciously agreed to play drums on this whole album, and he definitely added a lot to it, for which I will always be grateful to him.

Jim Seekamp - The Vision.mp3

Musicians:
Jim Seekamp: All Vocals, Guitars, Keyboard
Ken Toeller: Drums

Lyrics:
(By Jim Seekamp on February 20, 1982)

Often I wander beyond the distant stars
To a breath-taking world all my own
Mingle with the natives and they tell me life is good
Offer me the best of food and wine

The grass is green and the sun is high
The natives smile as I walk by
The dancing goes on through the night
And continues on until the morning light
Then I must wave my farewell
It really hurts to say good-bye

Awakening I find my world has disappeared
The king and his princess vanish with the dawn
My eyes are open to reality
Deep in my mind I can see far away

The grass is green and the sun is high
Mountains reaching to the clouds
The dancing goes on through the night
And continues on until the morning light
Looking at the real world then at mine
It really hurts to say good-bye

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Recorded at Exodus Studio in Northbrook, IL in 1985
Engineer: Rick Simmons

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