When I heard this song back in the 1970’s, it didn’t make much sense to me, but now it does. We recently observed Martin Luther King Day, but this song isn’t about the dream he had. To me, it’s about where you go when you die. I like the idea of crossing a stream when the time is right for me. Who says pets are the only ones to cross a rainbow bridge?
According to Wikipedia, Abba, the group that popularized this song, originated in Stockholm, Sweden. They were formed in 1972 by Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. Abba is an acronym for the first letters of each person’s name. In 1974, they were the first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest with “Waterloo.” From then until 1983, they topped the charts worldwide, becoming the most successful acts in the history of popular music.
The band consisted of two married couples, but their success took a toll on their relationships, and this was reflected in their music in later years. In 1993, ten years after they disbanded, a compilation album, Abba Gold, was released, and this became a worldwide bestseller. Their songs were adapted for the successful musical, Mamma Mia, in 1999. In 2008, a film by the same name was the highest-grossing movie in the UK. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again was released in 2018, and it was announced that the band had recorded two new songs after thirty-five years of inactivity.
Abba is one of the bestselling music artists of all times. To learn more about them, click here. Now, enjoy their rendition of “I Have a Dream.”
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New! The Red Dress
Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.