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Of June, Maybe I'm Dreaming, and Ocean Eyes were recorded in his parents' basement. He had not yet seen the world. He only dreamed.
And then he traveled. He met new people, saw new things, got new ideas. He saw the world from another perspective.
The real world strikes hard. It changes outlooks, it changes thoughts, and it can certainly change a small town boy.
But he still dreams, he still creates, and he still gives that message of hope.
So the small town boy who lived in his parents' basement hasn't changed much, even after seeing the world.
All Things Bright and Beautiful, The Midsummer Station, and Ultraviolet were recorded in his own studio and other studios. But he had seen the world.
And he didn't have to only dream now. He had experienced.
And he learned.
At first, he told people, "Escape, but press on." Now he says, "Fight, and press on."
Because daydreams are an escape. But the real world is a battle. And to win the battle, you cannot escape. You must fight.
You cannot hide from reality forever. No matter how much time you spend on your castle on a cloud, reality awaits your return.
And it will crush you and try to defeat you. But you cannot win with your head in the clouds. You need to be able to see.
The real world will knock you down. It will tear your heart out. But you cannot give up.
Learn how to be stronger.
Don't run. Learn.
Learn how to survive. Learn how to fight. Learn how to live.
Reality will make you suffer. But it will teach you how to live.
And when you've overcome an obstacle reality has thrown your way or defeated a dark enemy, you can look back.
And then you can look to the future, and say, "These are beautiful times."
And this, friends, is what Owl City means to me.