It was this time last year that DREAM was preparing for our comeback in over 13 years. We had agreed to join the My2K Tour with 98 Degrees, O-Town & Ryan Cabrera. It was scary, exciting and exhilerating.
I can’t help but wish we were doing it again.
So much that I find myself playing with the idea that I thought I had given up on a long time ago, getting back into the recording studio and recording music of my own.
I miss the fans. Especially, the fans who have been there from the very beginning.
Not many know this, but I keep a box full of the letters and pictures from fans that are so close to my heart.
I was going through my box the other day and came upon a pink teddy bear given to me by one special fan in particular that I miss so much.
I remember meeting Aleya for the first time so many years ago. We were 13, maybe 14.
The picture above is us, DREAM with Aleya sometime in the early 2000s. Whenever we came to NYC, Aleya was there amongst many other OG Dream fans. You know who you are!
I’ll never forget reuniting with Aleya backstage after our performance in Brooklyn. It was emotional for me to see her grown up.
She had grown up. We had all grown up.
Seeing Aleya once more brought those feelings of my childhood back. It was like taking a trip back to neverland for me, even for the brief moments we spent with her, we felt like kids again.
Aleya’s character, generosity and ability to bring so much joy into those around her never changed.
And just as she did in the past, Aleya brought each of us gifts. She held onto these gifts from our initial breakup in early 2000s until the time that we reunited in 2016.
I’ll never forget her words,
“I’ve held onto these gifts for 13 years believing this moment would happen again, that DREAM would get back together. And here we are.”
She believed in something I thought could never be possible.
Aleya passed suddenly shortly after the My2K Tour ended Sept of last year.
It hit me hard.
DREAM was over once again and Aleya was gone.
I cried. For months I cried and I still think about her to this day.
Loyal fans like Aleya, breathe life into other’s dreams. I don’t think people realize just how beautiful that is. Fans are people who see you for who you really are. Fans see and believe in the parts of you that you may not even see yourself.
Without the fans who would we be dancing for?
Working so hard for?
So, thank you.
If nobody else ever tells you this, let it come from me. You are the dream weavers, the believers, the dream makers.
Fans are friends who make dreams come true.
And for Aleya, this is for you….
I miss you like crazy, girl!
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Alexa aka the Dream Warrior