Wednesday, April 12, 2006


by Blinkie Obsession

Imagination, imagination.
A dream can be a dream come true,
With just that spark in me and you.

Anyone recognize those lyrics? I know for sure at least one of my readers does (hi, little brother). I'll post all of the lyrics to the song, as well as the source, at the end of this post.

I have spent a lot of time lately pondering imagination. Luke has recently started to mimic us, especially talking on the phone (didn't realize I did it that much). Very cute, and more than a little bit scary, I have to say. But the weirder thing was to see him pretending to cook. I don't know why that seems different than the phone thing, but it does. Either way, they both require imagination, and it is so cool to see it develop in someone else where it never existed before.

Isn't the brain an amazing thing? It gives us so much, and we understand so little. Why is it that we start to imagine? And more importantly, why is it that so many of us stop. Well, maybe not stop, but we sure don't spend much time on it. Too busy with "practical matters," I suppose. That is why I so envy my artistic acquaintences, like Jennifer Aikman-Smith and Teresa Wentzler. Coming from a world of engineers, I won't say that we don't use our imaginations, because we do. Think about the air filter problem during the Apollo 13 mission. Now *that* took some serious imagination to come up with a solution. But it's not the same. It's not as fantastical, or as fanciful, or gosh darn it, not nearly as fun (at least not to me). All kids have such amazingly vivid imaginations. Why on earth do we let that go? I'm not saying we should have a society of daydreamers, but a little mental escape never hurt anyone. I wonder if that is why our dreams get so wild as we get older; our brain has to find other outlets for all of that creativity.

Now please excuse me, I'm off to hitch a ride with my friends, Dreamfinder and Figment.

Journey Into Imagination (One Little Spark)
from the original "Journey Into Imagination" ride at EPCOT
Lyrics and music by Richard and Robert Sherman

One little spark of inspiration,
Is at the heart of all creation.
Right at the start of everything that's new,
One little spark lights up for you.

Two tiny wings, eyes big and yellow.
Horns of a steer, but a loveable fellow.
From head to tail, he's royal purple pigment.
And there--Voila!--you've got a Figment!

We all have sparks, imaginations.
That's how our minds create creations.
Right at the start of everything that's new.
One little spark lights up for you.

Imagination, imagination.
A dream can be a dream come true,
With just that spark in me and you.

Mix red and gold from autumn flowers,
Purple and blue from twilight hours.
Green summer hills and rainbows play a part.
A painter's brush, a work of art.

One chilling word, like shriek or killer,
Can spark the mind to start a thriller.
And some words like dagger, blood, and gory.
And then, a mystery story.

Some happy songs, some snappy dances.
Costumes and sets, spoofs and romances.
With laughs and tears, and footlights all aglow,
The sparks ignite a brand new show.

Imagination, imagination.
A dream can be a dream come true,
With just that spark in me and you.

Currently feeling: fanciful

1 comment:

  1. Erin, how could you even ask? OF COURSE I instantly recognized those lyrics. :-) I was really rather disappointed with the "new" Imagination ride when we went a few years ago, even though it does have John Cleese. Although, I have to admit, the imagination playground had been looking much the worse for wear since any computer on the market could do more than the "cool technology" stations up there (remember the excitement of painting Figment with an electronic touch pen??).


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