Treasures: The Dream

The Old Time Gospel Hour Quartet put a novelty song on their debut project (The Lamb is King) entitled “The Dream.” Without giving any spoilers, let’s just say that it deals with a fatal car wreck and a bass-singing contest between Christian Davis and Tim Riley.

I first heard this song in summer 2003. A few days after that, I was a passenger in a nearly fatal rollover crash in a big van. I was unconscious during the crash itself, but shortly before and immediately after the crash, this song was on my mind.

Once, I was talking to Robbie Hiner, and I told him that if I had indeed passed away during that car crash, the song “The Dream” would have been basically the last thing on my mind before entering eternity.

His response was (approximately): “Of all the songs I’ve written, that would be the last one I’d want…”

I guess this little story has a moral: If you wouldn’t want a song to be the last thing on someone’s mind, don’t publish it.

(Don’t get me wrong, I really like the song. I have listened to it and enjoyed it dozens of times since. But it was a few months before I could bring myself to listen to it again.)

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  1. I like that — if you don’t want something to be the last thing on someone’s mind, don’t publish it. Wouldn’t the world be a FAR better place if we ALL practiced this little piece of advice? We’re glad you’re still on this side, Daniel!

  2. I’m glad I’m still on this side, too! I know the other side is great, but there are some things I’d like to get done on this side first!

  3. The video version of this song is available on “Live At Thomas Road Church” from Gold City. It has Tim Riley wearing an Elvis wig. Oh yeah… Mark Lowry’s mom, Beverly, plays a major role!

    Worth the watch!