I may have a small obsession, and by small I mean the size of the world. When I first heard about the show Finding Neverland last year in April I was beyond excited and knew I had to see the show as soon as it was in previews at the American Repertoire Theatre (ART) in Boston. So, being the obsessive person I am, I called a friend that worked there and asked where the best seat was in the house, bought a ticket for a show in August 2014, and fell in love.
I am only assuming that now that it is on Broadway it has only improved in story, song composition, and acting, but the storyline of two unlikely people helping each other is a classic. Plus Eliot Kennedy and Gary Barlow are geniuses. I had been waiting for the casting soundtrack to come out because I was addicted to the song ‘When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground.’ Well my prayers have been answered because as of July 17, 2015 they are releasing the Broadway soundtrack (of the cast) and the first song that was released was (drumroll please) ‘When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground.’
So why is this particular song an audience favorite? It has an adult coming to the realization that make believe is needed in your life at every age. While a child is trying to deal with the pain of losing his father, his mother being sick, and the possibility of becoming an orphan. The thoughts of a young Peter understanding that make believe doesn’t fix everything he is feeling. The hate and anger he has towards his mother for wanting to keep her illness hidden from him and his brothers and make life normal when life isn’t normal. This song takes you above the clouds and out of the dark that life can hold when bad things happen and when fear takes control.
The song opens with:
“When did life become so complicated?
Years of too much thought and time I wasted,
And in each line upon my face,
Is proof I fought and lived another day.
Most people have regrets in their lives. They didn’t take the risk to ask that girl out on the train, didn’t take their dream job out of fear of failure, or didn’t make that big move for fear of being alone. We allow fear to control our thoughts and our actions in life instead of just doing. In the second verse it says, ‘I make believe I’m in control.’ I think this line sums it up that we allow fear to control. Everyone thinks I am nuts for moving across the country with no job lined up, moving in with my family, and leaving everything I have built career wise on the east coast, but I am telling you that I don’t allow fear to control what I do. Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith and that is what this song is about. Allowing yourself to open up and connect without the thought of fear. J.M. Barrie’s story with the Llewelyn Davies was two families learning to make believe again, not allowing fear to control them, and a story that everyone wants to believe in.
Watch the video below of Matthew Morrison (J.M. Barrie) and Aiden Gemma (Peter) recording ‘When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground’. Click here to buy the album!