Written by Jordan Thomas. Media by Madison Moran.
There is a man with a dream; a dream of a website; a website of a dream; a dream of sleep; sleep in which we will dream; dreams which will come because of a website…. Confused yet? Me too. Honestly, this world is full of confusing inventions, products and ideas that sometimes do nothing but excite whatever it is in our brain that enjoys a hipster mentality of confusion. We don’t know why we love it, and that is exactly why we love it. Sometimes, when we dig deeper, we find a moving purpose or story behind these projects, and other times we are simply spectators soaking in the creative entertainment brought to us by the brains of the world. Among many of these works is one such attempt by actor Jeff Bridges. Jeff has created a website on Squarespace called Dreaming With Jeff where he has created track after track of ‘relaxing’ and ‘soothing’ sleep tracks for people to rest and fall asleep to.
So, the ever-returning question for all of these modern projects returns: Why? If we look on the surface, we are left with two reasons: to make people laugh and maybe even catch some sleep. Tracks include the writing ability and voicing of Jeff Bridges himself; from speaking on relaxing humming to a calming glass of water, Bridges touches on many relaxing topics in his own forum.
However, no matter how much we want it to be funny, Bridges keeps the façade of relaxation and peace. He tells us, “the world is filled with too many restless people in need of rest – that’s why I filled my sleeping tapes with intriguing sounds, noises and other things to help you get a good night’s rest.”
There you have it. Jeff Bridges is on a mission to bring rest to the people of this country. Should one look below the surface, however, we finally see the part of this project that appeals to our more logical, mainstream sides. Another aspect, besides tracks Jeff’s gentle voice, that might help one get better sleep at night is the fact that 100% of the proceeds go to No Kid Hungry. Bridges says, “So you’ll get a good night’s rest knowing that when you download the album, or pick up the LP or cassette, you’re helping end childhood hunger in America.”
No Kid Hungry is an organization that Bridges has been working with since 2010 that connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches families how to cook healthier meals; along with this they also are constantly active in increasing the awareness of childhood hunger and its desperately needed end.
If you want to check out Jeff’s talents, get some better sleep, or you are thinking about helping end hunger go to dreamingwithjeff.com and take a look at Jeff Bridges’ and Squarespace’s handiwork. There are three formats available for the tracks: cassette tape, digital tracks, or vinyl (which includes a special edition as another option).
Be a part of the dream and check out Dreaming with Jeff and the attempts made to bring better rest and better health to tired and hungry people.