It's quite possibly the most over-the-top advert you'll ever see. Coming in at two minutes, Honda's The Power Of Dreams sends the viewer on a journey through its various transport divisions from bike to boat and beyond, using the classic song The Impossible Dream as its backing track.
In fact, you're probably wondering where you've heard that song before. Recorded by crooner Andy Williams in the early 70s, The Impossible Dream is a classic uplifting epic, which has its roots in Broadway, and composer Mitch Leigh (with lyrics by Joe Darion). The song is a well-recorded tune that began life in 1965 as part of the musical Man Of La Mancha, based on the legend of Don Quixote (and written by Dale Wasserman), and was one of the most successful Broadway musicals of its time. It was so successful it also spawned the I, Don Quixote TV series. In 1972, a film version starring Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren was a moderate hit.
Some Facts About Mitch Leigh
1. He was born in 1928 in New York as Irwin Michnik
2. He started out as a jazz musician.
3. Yale University has named its school music building Leigh Hall in honour of him and his wife Abby. He has a close connection with Yale, having graduated from there in the early 1950s.
4. He produced and directed Yul Brynner's last ever tour of The King And I
5. His greatest success, Man Of La Mancha, originally ran on Broadway for 2328 performances.
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