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River Angel

Posted December 2, 2010

What is your most memorable dream? Please share. Post your dream and become eligible for a copy of my new CD, Simple Beauty. I will put all of the entries in a hat and pick a winner next week.

I truly believe that dreams tell us something about ourselves that we don’t already know. However, dreams can be difficult to understand because they are rich in symbolism. Most dreams should not be taken literally. Dreams are very personal. The best interpreter of a dream is the dreamer. Dream work takes time but the rewards can be great, I believe.

I wrote a song about a dream I had last year in New Zealand. A melody came to be while sleeping in a hut in Fiordland National Park on the South Island. We had been hiking along a pristine river during the day. That night I dreamed of a beautiful angel rising up out of the river and urging me to slow down and enjoy the scenery. I tend to go through life at a breakneck pace. I needed to be reminded to cool my heels and savor the beauty of the moment. The gift to me was a song I called River Angel. It is the 10th track on Simple Beauty. I used some of my New Zealand pictures to accompany this instrumental. I hope you enjoy the music/photo essay.

New Zealand Bill Leslie: River Angel

I’d like to thank violinist Jennifer Curtis and cellist Nancy Green for their excellent work on this song. Jennifer and Nancy are dream musicians. They play with a remarkable passion. The song begins with sounds of the Clinton River in Fiordland. I captured those sounds with a digital pocket recorder. I play both acoustic guitar and Celtic whistles on this tune.

So much for my story. What are your big dreams?


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  • babyboomer47 Dec 4, 2010

    (con't) I became a Registered Nurse and have learned to appreciate everything I have while I have it. I have learned "to embrace change" and have found that change can be a good thing.

  • babyboomer47 Dec 4, 2010

    I love your music and the scenery is fabulous. My most memorable dream occurred in the fall of 1984. My Mother had passed away in April of 1984. The company where I had worked for 19 years was downsizing and had announced there would be lay-offs. I was 37 years old with two young children to raise. I was very stressed. My Mother came to me in a dream and told me that I needed to stop resisting change and instead to embrace it. She said, "Nothing last forever and God will see you through this. It probably seems that to lose your job would be the worst thing that could happen; however, it may be the best thing for you. God never closes a door without opening a window. Remember that life is for the living."
    After this dream, I felt more relaxed and begin preparing for another career

  • retired state trooper Dec 3, 2010

    I love the music. Where can I purchase a copy of the CD?

  • fishnett5977 Dec 3, 2010

    My most memorable dream happened about 19 yrs ago. I had just moved in with my current husband. My 3 boys and my brother lived with us. I lost my dad at age 9 to a massive heart attack. Never had dreamed of him before. But I got woke up by my then boyfriend just about dawn. He was shaking me and asking "Whats wrong honey, why are you crying???" I woke up and for a few minutes I couldnt talk to him, the emotions were too strong. When I calmed down I told him I dreamed of my dad. One of those crazy ones where you are talking on the phone and seeing them on the other end. I told him he would love his grandsons, he said they were fine boys. He said he loved me and was glad I was taking care of my brother(Mama died when he was 15 and I was 20). He said everything would be alright- I had been going through alot with my ex and everything else. He said he had to go now,he loved us,my now husband was a good man. And you know what? He was absolutely right! I still remember this dream and it come

  • bleslie Dec 3, 2010

    Thanks for the warm words! ttd, I played a MJ Franks Triple O orchestra guitar on River Angel. I also used a MJ Franks Legacy and Martin D-18 on the album. Thanks for asking!


  • ttd Dec 2, 2010

    Bill what kind of acoustic do you play?

  • Made In USA Dec 2, 2010

    Great tunes! Love the sound of the river at the beginning and at the end. Nice work. Very soothing to watch the photos with the music.

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