Escaped Lions & Empty Oceans

Behind the Song

Escaped Lions & Empty Oceans is a song about the importance of hope in the depths of depression and finding relief through nature. Inspired by a distinctly symbolic dream that provided a clear message that I needed to learn to navigate the inner waters of emotions and feelings or face losing touch with the depth and diversity of the emotional landscapes that make life worth living.

 

I have been obsessed with dreams for as long as I can remember and keep a dream journal by my bed. Almost every night of my life I dream of islands, oceans and airplanes and part of me has always felt that it’s my heart longing for the oceans around the world that I grew up beside now that I live at the farthest point possible from it in the middle of the country. And the other part of me knows that emotional difficulty and avoidance has been a huge theme in my life so far and my dreams are continually reminding me of this. I’m always struggling in a vessel on water, living on an island surrounded by the ocean or being engulfed by huge waves but this dream was different, a lion had escaped from a lorry and was ominously prowling the landscapes of my dream whilst I submerged under the ocean to find that it was devoid of all life. Traditionally the ocean is said to symbolise the unconscious and emotions and this dream was a clear message that I needed to learn to navigate the inner waters or face losing touch with the depth and diversity of the emotional landscapes that make life worth living.

Mountain Music from the Flatlands of Milton Keynes

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Logo (c). Anna Jane Searle

Press shot (c). Imelda Michalczyk

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