When I was little, my grandmother used to bring my sister and brother and I to NYC. My grandparents were very loving and fancy. When they would get tickets to see a broadway show, we would get dressed up and they would rent a stretch limo for us, which they seemed to have done every time. Because of this, I believed that the only way to get to NYC was by stretch limo.
I remember one time seeing You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown and at the end of the show my grandparents took us to the backstage area where they would sign autographs. I don’t know whose autograph I got, but I was extremely happy about it and kept the Playbill in my drawer next to my bed. This drawer next to my bed was called My Collection. Sometimes my dad would come into my room and ask to see My Collection, which consisted of this Playbill and some rocks I found outside. Next to my bedroom was my brother’s room and down the hall from me was my sister’s room. My sister had a little cassette player that she decorated with stickers, and during a certain period, maybe when she was 6 or 7 and I was 5 or 6, she would play “The River of Dreams” to fall asleep to. “The River of Dreams” is a song by American musician Billy Joel. It is the title track and first single from his 1993 album, River of Dreams. The first part of the song goes a little something like this:
In the middle of the night
I go walking in my sleep
From the mountains of faith
To the river so deep
I must be looking for something
Something sacred I lost
But the River is wide
And It’s too hard to cross
In the middle of the night.
Neither of my parents particularly liked Billy Joel and I don’t really like him either. I’m not sure where this tape came from, but we really liked this first song and never listened to the rest of it. I imagined what he lost was some kind of teddy bear or blanket. I myself did not have a teddy bear that I connected to, but I imagined other children my age did. Ultimately I like that she had to listen to this song to fall asleep, and down the hall, I listened too.