Anyone consider that 'Recessional' could describe a dream Vienna had during a snooze in an airport terminal?
The first song on the album sets up a thesis. You know the story. Girl dreams all her life of soulmate. Girl dates series of guys that turn out not to be 'the one'. Dry desperation ensues. Girl loses faith in her childhood vision, and gives up on soulmate. Emptiness fills the void.
Some posters here have equated this theme to a search for God. This view resonates with the album's theme in that finding God is indeed very much like finding a lost lover, as marriage is the metaphor for uniting with God most powerfully used in the Christian scriptures. But the last song, I think, fixes the theme firmly in the earthly realm.
A dream in the terminal. Who can guide where dreams go? Who can say what they do? Or hear what they say? Dreams have minds of their own.
So the last song is perhaps an answer to the thesis. What can sometimes happen when you give up on guys. Who is to say it's the correct answer? Or not?
A dream in the terminal. She wakes to find the object of her night vision fast asleep, her face buried in her corduroy jacket. And her four walls, her paradigm, transformed. Who is this stranger in the shell of a lover whom with she encountered so intimately in a dream? A dream that fades with each passing minute like a dark descending curtain.
But she remembers her words from the dream, this moment now. The dream has changed her view of her bandmate. And now she has to work with her as if nothing had happened. Perhaps nothing did. But who can say what dreams can do?
Yes, it is a speculative interpretation to be sure. And who is to say that it really happened, given Vienna's penchant for blending inner truth with fictional circumstances the way the best novelists do.
The imagery in Recessional feels very real to me, too real to have not been personally experienced. I can also very much relate to the yearning and disillusion of Blue Caravan -- in this song I live.
In counterpoint I quote from the movie Flashdance: "When you give up your dream, you die. "
P.S. This is my first post here. Hiya!
I hardly ever use smilies, because I hardly ever smile.