Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Subconscious Songwriters Union

This dream has a soundtrack. I'm not quite sure what it is, but I'll take suggestions from you if you have any. In the meantime, you can play either one or both of these:

Today we have another California Dreamer, third from the end of our 31 Dreamers lineup is Bronwyn, who writes:
I dreamt last night that a faerie-like girl was singing to me, she was singing the most beautiful song, and playing an unusual and vague instrument with strings that was otherworldly. She wrote a song for me, and I felt like I could take on anything, and I knew that I would never die as long as I was rooted in my will to live.
Sweet dream Bronwyn, and one that doesn't want too much interpretation. Some schools of dream-work take every component of a dream and equate each with a particular meaning. Others state that everything in the dream is an extension of the dreamer (which is true to the extent that the dreamer did make the whole thing up). Fans of 31 Dreamers may have figured out that this blog takes a different approach every day, with a little lean toward the politics of dreams plus a good book thrown in for good measure, for most good books are made up of dreams. 

For this dream Bronwyn, you can probably see your own face in that of the færie girl and hear your own voice in her song. What was that song? Your "Bronwyn Kicks Ass" anthem. If you haven't taken up an instrument and written yourself a song yet, now may be the time. Or at least get in the habit of humming or whistling the theme to Fame wherever you go.

In a similar vein, I'd like to share with you some of Eduardo Galeano's imaginations for a future we might want in the upcoming millenium/century/year/hour. He's got a long list in the final chapter of his book Upside Down: a primer for the looking glass world (with woodcuts borrowed from J.G. Posada). Here are my top 10:
• People shall work for a living instead of living for work. 
• No one shall die of hunger because no one shall die of overeating.
• Cooks shall not believe that lobsters love to be boiled alive.
• Histories shall not believe that countriees love to be invaded.
• In the streets cars shall be run over by dogs.
...and furthermore:
• People shall not be driven by cars,
• Or programmed by computers,
• Or bought by supermarkets,
• Or watched by televisions,
• And no one shall be taken seriously who can't make of fun of themselves.
Okay, dear dreamers, turn off your screens and start dreaming of those songs to make us feel like we can take on anything. We've got our work cut out for us.

Music (for now) by the Mystical Unionists. Submit your ideas for the song from Bronwyn's dream. The mixtape will appear in a future episode of 31 Dreamers.


Bronwyn said...

Thanks, Morgan. ...Tracks 1, 4, 6, 7 or 12 from Joanna Newsom's "The Milk-Eyed Mender." I was swimming in that the night I dreamt this.

I love the music you posted!

Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews said...

Somehow I knew it was Joanna Newsom. The Milk-Eyed Mender has that quality to it.

Anonymous said...

hi morgan!

yr blog is great.

i finally remembered a dream.