“Imaginations” expresses the emotions of a high-school senior who is torn between remaining with his girlfriend and the possibilities of being liberated to venture into the vast, intriguing unknowns of college life that high-school seniors can only imagine. For seniors in high school, the final January-through-June adventure is so individualistically unique. The dreams, expectations, and unknowns are ever-so authenticated for that person specifically. During all of the single times that a person faces, this is one of the most critical times of life. We all have known or will know that. I wrote this song many years ago when I was a senior in high school and getting ready to step into a new life medium.
The writing of this song was truly a journey. This song definitely has many more implicit features, and I would even legitimize criticism of the lyrics because there was a lot of intentionality in trying to express my feelings, all the while keeping the meaning of the song secret when I first wrote it. When we revisited this song many years later, I realized that there were parts of the song that I was writing to just finish, rather than yield elements that could be comprehended. Furthermore, the second verse and bridge had to be lyrically reconstructed.
With all of the heartache that I’ve experienced with not being able to watch many of my songs come to life, it was such a blessing for me to turn on King’s mix and share a song I had written many years ago with my children. I still remember penning the lyrics on the back page of a gas attendants’ fuel tracking sheet at B and B Mini Mart while working there in high school.
Being that I’m “spilling the beans” a little, does the song, for you as a listener, strike you differently with having prior knowledge of its meaning? Maybe. However, the hope is for all songs to be crafted to meet the needs of a writer for expression, yet enable the listener to make it their anthem.
I want to give a shout-out to our a good friend Jim Loomis. He was a part of building the rhythm to this song with Joshua King and me when the three of us first built the tune in high school.