"Dream of the Return" is one of the tracks on Pat Metheny’s album of 1989 “Letter from Home”.
The CD recording is remarkable for its variety, imagination and musical artistry, and the combining of Latin American rhythms with jazz harmony produces magical results especially with Pat Metheny’s guitar playing.
While most tracks on the CD are instrumental, this song stands out because of its beautiful lyrics (by Pedro Aznar) which, roughly translated, are:
I tossed a poem to the sea that took my questions and my voice.
Like a sinking ship it was lost in the waves.
I begged it not to return without having seen the open sea
And in my dreams, show me what it had seen.
Even if it did not come back I would know that it had journeyed.
Floating all the time on calm or stormy seas
Even though some safe haven waits.
I waited long for its answer and almost gave up hope,
And with a yearning voice I cried desperately to the heavens.
Much later, somehow, it was washed ashore like an answered prayer.
Now the rolling sea beats in my veins and sets my heart free.
RAY FARR (b. 1948)
Ray Farr was educated at the Birmingham School of Music and at the Royal Academy of Music. After 10 years as a professional musician with the BBC Radio Orchestra he started his career as a conductor. Ray has appeared in hundreds of concerts around the world and in some of the finest concert halls including the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House and has gained a reputation as a stylish conductor and a planner of interesting concert programmes ranging from light music to "avant-garde". He is equally adept in Classical and modern music and has conducted opera, ballet and oratorio. In 1988 Ray won a special Arts Council Award to study contemporary music with Edward Gregson and Jorma Panula, Professor of Orchestral Conducting at Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy.
He has conducted at Leeds Music Festival, Harrogate Contemporary Music Festival, Aldeburgh Festival, Adelaide Festival and the Bergen Festival and has made several L.P.'s, C.D.s and T.V. appearances. Ray has appeared with BBC Radio Orchestra, Norwegian Radio Orchestra (on five occasions), the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (on a World Wide TV program), Sandnes Symphony Orchestra (as Principal Conductor) and Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra in an exciting concert of French music.
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|Theme/genre||Jazz/Blues, Popular music|
|Series||Noteservice Ray Farr Edition|