LENT DEVOTIONAL 2015 – 40 DAYS OF CLASSIC ROCK – #2 – “Dream On” – Aerosmith
by Pastor Kyle Durbin, Centenary UMC
“Dream On,” was actually released twice, once in 1973, and then again in 1976. It was the reissue that garnered the most notoriety for Aerosmith and Steven Tyler, who wrote the song when he was only 17 years old. Tyler has stated that it was the only song on the album where he used his natural voice, instead of trying to sound lower and more mature. That iconic voice was made famous again in 2002 when Eminem included the refrain in his hit, “Sing For The Moment.”
The song may have been a bittersweet lament written when Aerosmith had not yet reached the level of recognition they enjoy today. Still, the ballad is a resilient anthem for pursuing one’s goals. Whether we are “singing [through] laughter,” or “singing [through] tears,” the encouragement to “dream on,” is one that has endured since biblical times. We are reminded by the prophet Jeremiah in 29:11, “I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the Lord; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope.” With this confidence, we can boldly “bless the Lord in all times,” whether good or bad, just as Psalm 34 begins.
God of hope, we place our future in your hands. Use us to do your will, and whether that results in prosperity or adversity, we will praise you nevertheless. Amen.