NaBloPoMo | Music and Me… #1 – Fireflies, by Owl City

Written as part of NaBloPoMo Day 1.

NaBloPoMo November 2016

#1 – Fireflies

There are some songs that I love more because of the melody instead of the lyrics. Yes, the words of the song do matter, but it’s the tune and the beat that stays in my head long after I’ve finished hearing the song. Owl City’s second album Ocean Eyes has the song Fireflies, which falls into this category. The song is about summer and fireflies and insomnia, and does have some interesting lyrics but the opening section (without lyrics) is what I remember the song for.

I found the song Fireflies purely by luck. My sister, as big a music lover as me, had the song in her playlist, and it came on while she played it on shuffle. I fell in love with the opening section then, and saw the music video on YouTube soon after. The song has been on my playlist since.

The part of the lyrics I love the most?

It’s hard to say that I’d rather stay awake when I’m asleep
Because my dreams are bursting at the seams

For the writer, this is a dilemma of course… a sweet dilemma whether to stay awake and write, or fall asleep and dream. Often, it is our dream we write about, isn’t it?

Everything is never as it seems, indeed.

(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason, 1st Nov, 2016)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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