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Jul. 15th, 2004

I had a very intense dream.
It echoed one of my childhood memories- except the memory was a nightmare and the dream was nice.

In my childhood my father who was an opera singer (before he gave it up for a nine to five dayjob) seemed to have unreasonable expectations of my ability to understand sheet music at age four, without him having bothered to explain the concept to me in the first place.

So he'd summon me to him and put a piece of music on, and hand me the notes for it and say *Do you understand?* and I'd nod terrified because he was fearsome when he shouted at me about not understanding, and he'd say *Do you see the notes? Show me what the right notes for the music being sang now are* and I'd poke somewhere at random and he'd lose his temper and shout at me and call me Stupid and I'd say nothing at all and focus instead on the building of a wall in me.

So music is something of a gremlin and a big source of my insecurities.

In my dream I was talking with my father. And he handed me a large book, whose pages were full of moving scrawls like funny fish. Each scrawl seemed to have a life of its own, and I couldn't see its shape or give it a name, but when I looked at it it was as though I could get a glimpse of it, and of some larger mystery.

And my father asks: Can you see the notes? Do you understand? and for the first time, I do I do I do.

I can see the notes. They're talking to me. And I sing them.
In my dream a voice just came out of me, like something erupting from the deep and I sang words that made no sense, words which seemed like gibberish- but the music flowed from me, unstoppable.

Sometimes it was light and harmonious and at other times the music was haunting and tearing and raw, but it just went on and I let it go. Let it flow from me, from deep in me and just sang and sang and sang.

It felt wonderful.


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 15th, 2004 04:40 pm (UTC)
i've had that dream!
well...the singing sheet music bit...not the pleasing-my-dad-by-being-musical bit :D

I can't read music in RL :(
Jul. 17th, 2004 02:31 pm (UTC)
Re: i've had that dream!
neither can I- read music in waking.
I'd probably be able to work it out if I learned it from scratch.

I think it's probably quite simple in essence
Jul. 15th, 2004 05:29 pm (UTC)
I thought of some lines from a song I've liked forever:

and I just start singing
I lift my voice and the words come tumbling out
I feel a trembling joy
I feel a joyous shout;
and I keep on singing
I keep on singing
the good songs
I keep on singing the good songs

Never stop singing :o). It's not the notes on the page but the songs in your heart that are important.

Jul. 16th, 2004 01:22 am (UTC)
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