How a Dream Inspired Words to a Hit Song

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How a Dream Inspired Words to a Hit Song
Illustration by the
Colorist  Casey Klahn
New School Color
thecolorist.blogspot.com

 Wildfire
Aspiring entrepreneurs who literally dreamt their way into a successful business have been featured in earlier posts. Here’s an intriguing story I discovered last week about the business of music.

Asleep on his friend’s floor after a grueling collaborative session
in the late 1960’s, musician Michael Martin Murphy awoke from a dream and penned the words to a song that would later sell a million copies.

An unusual blend of cords, a beautiful melody, and a haunting lyrical tale of a man’s memory of a mountain woman and a magical horse. Elements of a ghost story Murphy first heard as a small child.

Today, the award-winning musician performs as a cowboy singer.
And several versions of Wildfire appear on Youtube.

References
Wildfire Lyrics
Songmeanings.com
http://tinyurl.com/lusczs3

YouTube      5 Min.
Version similar to the rendition released on the radio.
Advisory: This video version has an annoying caption that rotates around the singer’s face during the entire performance, and it has angered some visitors who have expressed their right to free speech in the comment section.
Tip:  Avoid the comments and just listen. A memorable performance otherwise.
http://youtu.be/Pc3OnSQc48s

Album (5:05 min) HQ
Longer Version
http://youtu.be/Pc3OnSQc48s

Illustrated YouTube Favorite
with nearly 3 million views
http://tinyurl.com/m7wr73a

Live Performance
Summary: Before singing, Murphy briefly recounts the story
of how the song was composed.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gl4Y4FWWkn0

Interview & Symphony Performance  7 Minutes
http://youtu.be/8fBn_X9-JDE

Video Interview
on Murphy’s family history
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fBn_X9-JDE

Article
Murphy’s history
The boot.com
http://tinyurl.com/lurdeud

Colorist illustration
retrieved from Open Access
http://thecolorist.blogspot.com/

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