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This is the third single from Canadian alternative rock band Our Lady Peace's seventh studio album, Burn Burn. The record was recorded at lead singer Raine Maida's home studio in Los Angeles between 2007 and 2009.
This song was inspired by the art of American painter and illustrator Norman Rockwell (1894-1978), who is best known for the cover illustrations of everyday life scenarios he created for The Saturday Evening Post magazine over more than four decades. Maida explained: "Norman Rockwell paintings, while being weaved into 'Americana' over the years have always seemed creepy to me. The irony is that 'Dreamland' is inspired by his style of painting. Escapism from present day woes right into one of his Rockwell lands. I guess part two to 'Dreamland' would have us sinking into the dogs playing poker painting."
Here's another Norman Rockwell music connection: Somebody's Watching Me
singer Rockwell, (real name Kennedy Gordy), was given his recording name by the Motown brain trust after someone saw a photo of a Rockwell painting.
The Burn Burn album title is based on a quote by Jack Kerouac from his 1957 novel On the Road.
The song's music video is a compilation of footage taken from the first leg of Our Lady Peace's Clumsy and Spiritual Machines revival tour.
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