Irish Tenor Michael Daly has covered a wide variety of songs throughout his recording career. From the familiar ballad of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to Christmas carols such as “Silent Night”. On his second album, Bravelove, Michael lends his superb voice to the classic song, “The Impossible Dream”. The lyrics, written by Joe Darion , are uplifting and show somebody with persistence to face any struggle. With lyrics like, “To dream the impossible dream, to fight the unbeatable foe, to bear with unbearable sorrow, and to run where the brave dare not go,” it’s no wonder Michael recorded this song along the likes of Hallelujah for an album with brave in the title.
“The Impossible Dream” was originally written as part of the musical Man of La Mancha. The character Don Quixote sang the song in its entirety while several reprises follow throughout the musical. The most poignant reprise plays as Miguel de Cervantes started on his way to face the Spanish Inquisition. That context makes the words, “And I know if I’ll only be true to this glorious quest that my heart will lie peaceful and calm when I’m laid to rest,” even more meaningful.
In his rendition, Irish Tenor Michael Daly dives into the emotion of the song. The song has an illustrious history as an anthem for bettering the world. Senator George McGovern quoted the song at a rally for Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 to show the world that even if you’re going to lose, trying makes a difference in the world. As the song comes to an end, the penultimate line or, “and the world will be better for this. That one man, scorned and covered with scars, still strove with his last ounce of courage to reach the unreachable, the unreachable, the unreachable star” means just as much to listeners today as it did back then.
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