Do you dream about music?

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Well, do you?
Here are my best ones:
1. I was the guitarist for The Fall and needed to know the lyrics to "Janet & Johnny" from the new album to get my guitar part down. Mark E. Smith recited the lyrics into my cell phone in a very lovely, soft voice, like they were from a lullaby. The dream ended before he fired me for going back to sleep instead of practicing.
2. Rubbing a large section of rolled up chain link fence on the strings of a cranked electric guitar.
3. Watching Ira Kaplan play "I Heard You Looking" in a greenhouse at night, illuminated only by exploding colored lights. I think that dream kept me a Yo La Tengo fan even after their music started to bore me.
4. Paul McCartney is my roomate, though in my dream he is still the incredibly wealthy and famous person he is in real life. He came to the mall I was working at to casually inform me that he gave my guitar to Jack White, even though he knew my band had a show that night. I was so pissed, but in the morning it was hilarious.

bren, Friday, 28 May 2004 18:54 (seventeen years ago) link

I do, but no musical dream I've had can surpass my friend and bandmate's dream that he heard the "lost" Grateful Dead album between Anthem of the Sun and Aoxomoxoa [which doesn't exist, of course], and that it actually sounded like the Dead might have been able to on record.

We spent a year recording and trying to duplicate this album based on his dream.

Hurlothrumbo (hurlothrumbo), Friday, 28 May 2004 18:57 (seventeen years ago) link

I have had so many dreams about record buying, it's crazy. Sometimes to the point where I wake up and want to play something I bought in my dreams -- only to realize on my way to the stereo that I don't actually own it.

frankE (frankE), Friday, 28 May 2004 19:06 (seventeen years ago) link

Hurlothrumbo, I'd love to hear the result of those attempts.

I always dream about finding rare records - some of which exist, some of which don't - and wake up clutching an invisible shopping bag. It usually ruins my whole day to discover that there WAS no Simon Finn record produced by Jerry Teel, or 'Ghostface debates Jim Goad' white label 12".

roger adultery (roger adultery), Friday, 28 May 2004 19:06 (seventeen years ago) link

haven't there already been dream threads?

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 28 May 2004 19:06 (seventeen years ago) link

Roger, you can -- we released it -- http://jagjaguwar.com/jagjaguwar/catalog/jag38.htm --I think that'll work.

I've had so many similar experiences w/dream record-buying, and yeah, it's always stuff that just DOESN'T EXIST, dammit!

Hurlothrumbo (hurlothrumbo), Friday, 28 May 2004 19:09 (seventeen years ago) link

hey hurlo - shit man ain't seen you fellas since El Shadai's. I know, I know, i'm outta the loop.

Remember yr Blue Oyster Cult cover at Purchase college? Still legendary.

roger adultery (roger adultery), Friday, 28 May 2004 19:13 (seventeen years ago) link

Sister Souljah AND Flava Flav were in a dream of mine the other night. They were very nice. I dream about records EVERY night.

scott seward (scott seward), Friday, 28 May 2004 19:14 (seventeen years ago) link

Good GOD!! Purchase...heh heh. I think we played there twice, thanks to an awesome guy named Lawrence.

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Scott, you may be in troupble, mentally. I waited tables at Denny's for awhile, the graveyard shift, and after a month I dreamed about it every day while I slept. I went very much crazy shortly after. You should switch to CDs for awhile.

Hurlothrumbo (hurlothrumbo), Friday, 28 May 2004 19:16 (seventeen years ago) link

I dream about music all the time -- hanging out with pop stars & musical heroes, being able to play far better than I can really play, finding rare records (in one dream I walked into a record store and the entire inventory was nothing but Goat's Head Soup jukebox EPs), writing brilliant songs that I can only half remember upon waking. Fell asleep with the radio on once and dreamed I was hearing the absolute voice-of-God most beautiful music ever made, and I woke up to find I was listening to Saint-Saens' Carnaval des Animaux.

briania (briania), Friday, 28 May 2004 19:32 (seventeen years ago) link

Have You Ever Had A Dream Like This?

AaronHz (AaronHz), Friday, 28 May 2004 19:36 (seventeen years ago) link

I have dreams where I write songs and when I wake up they're songs that have already been written by other people

Sonny A. (Keiko), Friday, 28 May 2004 19:38 (seventeen years ago) link

from this thread: Tell Me About The Dreams You've Had Where You Hear Music

I have dreams about/with music all the time. Usually it's music that doesn't exist, but the other night I had a dream in which I heard the entirety of Jim O'Rourke's Eureka. I don't remember anything else about the dream, though.

I had a dream once where I was going to watch Slint practice. All the songs they played don't exist.

I had another dream once where I was going to see a show in somebody's basement in Louisville. A bunch of people I know from bands that actually existed were in this band that played the basement, and the music itself was really loud, noisey kind of hardcore or something. I think the dream was set in winter, I remember it being cold.

Sometimes I dream music that has nothing to do with any context of a band or anything, and I wonder if there's anyway I could write it down/record it in reality. I have similar dreams for other media: the other night I dreamt I wrote a book, kinda like a Catch-22-style parody of FBI agents, and in the dream I was acting out what happened in the book. Wish I had written that shit down.

-- hstencil (hstenci...), March 6th, 2003.

hstencil (hstencil), Friday, 28 May 2004 19:41 (seventeen years ago) link

Holy shit! I started that last thread and I don't even remember doing it. I musta been dreaming.

scott seward (scott seward), Friday, 28 May 2004 22:24 (seventeen years ago) link

dude, 1. on your list has about an 85% chance of coming true.

dieblucasdie (dieblucasdie), Friday, 28 May 2004 22:43 (seventeen years ago) link

Once in my dreams I was the bassist of some pretty shitty popular rock band (can't remember which one) and the cable from my bass was some kind of elastic thing that was plugged in the back of the venue - for some reason - and it went through the public, and they kept fucking around with it and it bothered me.

Heh.

Mikhail Capone (Mikhail Capone), Saturday, 29 May 2004 00:48 (seventeen years ago) link

ive had TWO dreams about the constantines in the last month, both of them having to do with finding space for them to sleep in my apartment.

lame, eh?

maria tessa sciarrino (theoreticalgirl), Saturday, 29 May 2004 00:51 (seventeen years ago) link

Record buying in dreams is by far the most common for me. Waking up and realizing it was a dream is such a crushing disappointment.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Saturday, 29 May 2004 02:44 (seventeen years ago) link

In high school (ca. 1989), I had a dream that I helped put Pink Floyd back together with Roger and Dave. I drove in a limo with Roger (who was an ass) and jammed a bit with Dave's Floyd on the lawn outside my elementary school. I cajoled Roger into coming out grudgingly, but it was positively historic. Roger even sang me a song that never existed.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Saturday, 29 May 2004 04:25 (seventeen years ago) link

I had a dream one time about playing Boston tunes in a garage and playing them very well. I also had a dream about playing some U2 tune for girls in my class in high school and them finding it quite impressive.

Gear! (Gear!), Saturday, 29 May 2004 04:31 (seventeen years ago) link

i have constant dreams in sound, composition, musical ideas, and everytime i wake up there gone, then i do the same in daydream, but im sure that the lost fragments from my sleep surpas these, usually the only thing i remember clearly.

50 40, Saturday, 29 May 2004 05:19 (seventeen years ago) link

Three fairly amusing music dreams: (Kinda long, sorry)

1.Dreamt that my dad's old high school buddy was none other than Blue Oyster Cult's Buck Dharma, and he came to our house for a visit. Naturally, he looked absolutely nothing like the real Buck, nor even like a 55-ish Buck with a beer gut. He told me about the new BOC song he'd just recorded: it was titled "Murder" and that was the only lyric! He showed me the lyric sheet, and sure enough it had nothing but the word "Murder." written about 50 times in paragraph form, always capitalized and always with the period. "Must've taken you a long time to write that one!" I kidded him. He told me that he'd only written the music, and that the lyric was written by Ray Milland! (A popular 1940s movie star, for you young people.)

2.I attended my 10th year high school reunion, and the band that was to play invited me to join 'em onstage for a song or two. Great! But one problem: by showtime, I found that I was completely naked! All I could do was crouch down in the extreme back of the stage, strategically using my guitar to "hide my shame". That was roughly my 763rd naked-in-public dream. [Hey, has anyone ever dreamed that they were at a nude beach, mortified to find themselves completely clothed? That would be a nice change...]

3.My co-worker and drinking buddy John - a big fan of The Who, in the dream as in real life - and myself were in the pub drinking. John was looking around, and realized to his amazement that Pete Townshend was sitting at the end of the bar! He pointed him out to me and decided "I gotta buy him a drink!" I said no, you can't, he's a recovering alcoholic. You might get him started drinking again. John said "You're right, but I sill wanna talk to him. I'll just tell him I'm a big fan, and that I WISHED I could've bought him a drink." So I said "Sure, tell him - I'll betcha he writes a rock opera about it!" Then I awoke and immediately laughed out loud. Definitely the greatest joke I ever made while sleeping. (Not that there's much competition.)

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Saturday, 29 May 2004 08:09 (seventeen years ago) link

Only one word,FREAKS!!!

CobraSkA, Sunday, 30 May 2004 10:37 (seventeen years ago) link

Great, nothing as detailed as that Pink Floyd reunion dream but yeah loads of "I'm going to put on that album I just bought in my dream", "pretty good gigs" and also soms regular "I'm on stage, everybody screams and...mmm, I forgot to tell them I don't play guitar." [solution most of the times: to either playback or just go all out Sonic Youth on their ass]

Omar (Omar), Sunday, 30 May 2004 10:58 (seventeen years ago) link

Last year I dreamt about "the Locust" before I'd ever heard them, or knew anything about them at all really. in my dream they were a big-band ensemble from the 30s - who existed only on black and white television - and they all played music that sounded like hip-hop meets xenakis and they were orchestrated by this white arthur brown-style madman who was actually 100s of years old but looked really young. i was pretty disappointed when i finally heard the real Locust.

ARL (Adrian Langston), Sunday, 30 May 2004 11:06 (seventeen years ago) link

one time i fell asleep listening to SAW vol. II and dreamed that i was listening to SAW vol. II...creepy

fcussen (Burger), Sunday, 30 May 2004 11:24 (seventeen years ago) link

Record buying in dreams is by far the most common for me. Waking up and realizing it was a dream is such a crushing disappointment.
-- Barry Bruner (brune...), May 29th, 2004.

I had another one of those dreams last night. I was buying a bunch of techno 12"'s, and a couple of CD's. The store owner stepped out for a bit, and then this shady looking dude shows up, and through some sort of shady math, he rings up a bill of $17.11 for all my stuff. I gave him a $20, and he looked sort of dazed and walked away without giving me change, but I didn't care because the music was worth far more than that anyway. However, I did feel bad about kind of ripping the store off, so I quietly left the building and ran all the way home before the shop owner would return and correct the bill.
Waking up was actually a bit of a relief. Had all this been real, shame would have prevented me from going to that store for a while.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 14:44 (seventeen years ago) link

A dream I had a couple of nights ago involved a very large synchronized cheerleading competition (like acres) and a bunch of guys in suits standing in a line perpendicular to me singing "Rollin' (The Ballad of Big & Rich)". Later I was flying in one of those go-cart glider thingies (if you've been to the beach you've probably seen em) and i landed on top of a forest and laid down.

frankE (frankE), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 15:17 (seventeen years ago) link

2 nights ago I dreamt I was buying the Junior Boys LP...it was a DBL LP, and it had a (very thick) TEXT BOOK in the middle. The cover had a picture of two dudes with shaved heads, lots of NEON PINK/GREEN fonts...am I gay?


I've never seen the real cover...im sure it wont live up.


ddb (ddb), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 15:22 (seventeen years ago) link

Not long ago, I dreamt that Abba had reformed, and were premiering their comeback single on TV. It was called "Now My Race Is Run". I could still hum the chorus for you now. Jaunty, yet wistful.(And, somewhat disappointingly, one of their cod-Spanish numbers, vaguely along the lines of "Chiquitita".)

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 15:34 (seventeen years ago) link

Just last night I dreamed that I was playing guitar and decided to start a power-pop band after creating a 4-chord song. I wanted to call the band 'The Eggs'.

queenbee (queenbee), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 15:58 (seventeen years ago) link

I keep having this one reoccuring dream where I'm flying over big lakes and shit playing a glowing keytar.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 16:16 (seventeen years ago) link

The other day in a dream I decided to play The Wall and suddenly discovered the second track on side C was a King Tubby remix. Can't remember what it sounded like though.

Omar (Omar), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 18:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I don't often, but last night I dreamt I was swimming in a sea of newly acquired music.

N. (nickdastoor), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 20:02 (seventeen years ago) link

Tubby remixing parts of the Wall? You have to have that dream again, and pay closer attention next time!
A dub version of The Wall would probably be listenable all the way through.

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 20:32 (seventeen years ago) link

i wrote a synthpop song in a dream once. the chorus was just "revolution number 1, revolution number 1 and im by myself" over and over again. it was the backing music to me having a shotgun shootout with my dad and several other people. by the time i woke up i had killed everyone but my dad. he was hiding behind a truck so i couldnt ever get a clear shot at him.

Felonious Drunk (Felcher), Tuesday, 8 June 2004 20:39 (seventeen years ago) link

I had a dream that people were being persecuted for Coldplay fandom. I can't remember the details, but it involved major violations of civil liberties. Coldplay eradication roadblocks, interrogation sessions, and the like.

I blame ILX for polluting my dreams.

Debito (Debito), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 00:21 (seventeen years ago) link

I dreamt that my best friend calld me and said a postpunk tape compilation that i have and are going to sell on ebay was out on ebay already and it went for 16$ I was so dissapointed! I hope i get more out of it when i sell it

heroes + villains, Wednesday, 9 June 2004 07:11 (seventeen years ago) link

I dreamed I was playing with Jimi Hendrix, and it was really smooth too. In fact it was a whole new Hendrix tune, wish I could have written it down.

I also dreamed I was doing a session with the Detroit Emeralds, back when I was obsessed with their song "Whatcha Gonna Wear Tomorrow." It was note-for-note that song, and I had vivid images of the streets of Detroit in the dream too.

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 17:52 (seventeen years ago) link

I had a dream that Thurston Moore came to hang out at my house. I was desperatly trying to find a copy of one of his albums so he could autograph it.

Strangely I don't even like Sonic Youth that much (their new album is good for nap time though)

christhamrin (christhamrin), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 18:22 (seventeen years ago) link

also he looked like himself crossed w/fat Axl Rose

christhamrin (christhamrin), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 18:22 (seventeen years ago) link

I had a dream that people were being persecuted for Coldplay fandom.

Hahaha...brilliant!

Tubby remixing parts of the Wall? You have to have that dream again, and pay closer attention next time!

I will. :) The thing is, in the dream I was washing my car with The Wall blaring and I felt too embarrassed, you know people walking by going "what the fuck is he playing?", to pay much attention to the actual music.

Omar (Omar), Wednesday, 9 June 2004 19:01 (seventeen years ago) link

four years pass...

Anybody have any more noteworthy music-dreams since June '04? I had a couple...

-Dreamed that Frank Zappa had recorded a concept album all about my grandmother! She'd've been 90 years old if she were alive.

-Came up with a weird song called "Townbeat", a word(?) which appeared in each verse in a different context, backed by a melody that was fairly close to "The Battle of New Orleans". The only stanza I can recall: They took the beat at Number 12 and carried on all night/That's the way it struggles when the Townbeat is alright". (Hey, Eno's lyric in "The True Wheel" came to him in a dream, didn't it?)

Myonga Vön Bontee, Saturday, 21 March 2009 02:46 (twelve years ago) link

"Your ILM Dreams"

14 karat gold steen computer wizard (BIG HOOS aka the steendriver), Saturday, 21 March 2009 03:03 (twelve years ago) link

Just the other night, XTC reunion live in somebody's basement--even Terry Chambers!

(But I'm guessing every XTC freak has had this dream.)

Hideous Lump, Saturday, 21 March 2009 03:44 (twelve years ago) link

I sometimes write songs in my sleep. I can remember them when I wake up. Unfortunately, they're always really cheesy progressive trance.

lucked up (lukas), Saturday, 21 March 2009 11:35 (twelve years ago) link

five years pass...

a couple of years ago i dreamt harry nilsson was chasing me through a shopping centre with the intention of murdering me

i think about this dream a lot

olly, Tuesday, 9 September 2014 16:10 (seven years ago) link

Earlier this year, I dreamed I was playing a show, but for some reason, none of my band could make it, so I had to play all the parts myself -- this included a lot of sax parts, drums, brass, etc. Ha, not sure why I had a "big band" in my dream, but I did, and then I proceeded to sing all the parts solo onstage, really getting into it, and to my ears it totally sounded like the real thing! When I finished, I got a lukewarm response, and I was pissed. "Are you people kidding me? That was great!" Then I woke up.

Dominique, Tuesday, 9 September 2014 16:32 (seven years ago) link

seven years pass...

Last night, I dreamed that I went record shopping with Billie Eilish and Bob Dylan, after meeting up on a street corner as arranged. (At first, it was Bowie instead of Dylan; but somehow my dream realized I didn't care about Bowie, and adjusted midstream.)

Billie still had her green & black hairstyle, so it wasn't totally on point...

juristic person (morrisp), Thursday, 7 October 2021 17:04 (two weeks ago) link

I had a dream that I'd come across some unknown private press psych folk band from the early 70s that had been part of a hippie commune. The band was called Namaste, I was going to try to talk to Byron Coley about putting it out.

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 7 October 2021 17:29 (two weeks ago) link

i hear nonexistent music in my dreams often. a couple times per week, i'd say. some of it is very memorable and i've tried to recreate it in some of my music.

i've also seen king krule play live on an island in the middle of a manmade lake and the audience was made up of people in rowboats. archy marshall had a "comet effect" in his guitar, so every time he played a certain melodic phrase, two or three comets would fly past in the night sky. he also played a version of "if you want me to stay" (originally by sly + the family stone) where he was only accompanied by his bassist. no i don't usually remember my dreams in such details, but that one was pretty fantastic.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Friday, 8 October 2021 01:36 (two weeks ago) link

All the time. My favorite one that someone else posted to the TV Personalities list many years ago was that she and John Kerry were touring as members of the Zombies, and that Kerry was funny and cool but his demeanor more akin to Mike Pinder than one of the Zombies.

The 25 Best Songs Ever Ranked In Order (Deflatormouse), Friday, 8 October 2021 01:43 (two weeks ago) link

Likewise, I've dreamt of hearing previously unknown music from favorite bands, finding albums I didn't know existed, etc.

Once I dreamt I was on-stage and thinking, "When did I learn to play guitar?".

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 8 October 2021 01:56 (two weeks ago) link

for a long while I would dream about seeing amazing, real-life acts and wake up, not having seen them. Missy Elliott was the worst, cos I woke up as I was walking into the venue. Sodom sucked because for some reason I couldn't hear their music (I went deaf during the show).

but I love when, like those of u above, I dream about a band playing a legit song that wasn't real. for instance the night I first saw Carcass I got really drunk, walked around Baltimore SCREAMING "Carcass" for 20 minutes, and then passed out at my hotel , with bloody knees from a fall I had outside during Repulsion's set.

so I went to sleep and dreamed I was seeing Skid Row, and it was cool, they were playing "Slave to the Grind", and it sounded like it did on the disc. dope...

then they went into....some "November Rain" sounding progressive rock shit with piano, it almost sounded like 80s Chicago-esque power ballad but with Queen harmonies on top.

I woke up and my sheets were covered in blood (as my bandage had slid off).

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Friday, 8 October 2021 02:10 (two weeks ago) link

also when i sing in dreams i can hit all the high notes and then it's just upsetting on waking up

Gardyloominati (Neanderthal), Friday, 8 October 2021 02:15 (two weeks ago) link

I dreamt I was waiting for Scott Walker (then living) to make his return to the stage in the lobby of an old school auditorium. Suddenly I realize that the music has begun! Racing through the door and down the stairs to the front row, I look up and see Scott in Dame Edna drag, singing "Can't Smile Without You".
Sometime later, I have a recording of this very show on bright blue-green vinyl. Unfortunately, my mother (also then still living) has piled beef stew on the record, warping it (as a late-life vegetarian/vegan, I have a lot of dreams about accidentally consuming meat).

Halfway there but for you, Friday, 8 October 2021 14:50 (two weeks ago) link

several years ago I dreamt I was being pursued by lou reed as a zombie, the dream ended when I shot him :-(

brimstead, Friday, 8 October 2021 15:33 (two weeks ago) link

also recently dreamt I saw mick jagger with long wavy blonde hair (think stayin alive era robin gibb) standing in line at some movie premier. I ran up and hugged him and he was really nice.

brimstead, Friday, 8 October 2021 15:34 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, have had some pretty twisted nightmarish scenarios in my dreams as well. i had a similar thing with anton newcombe from brian jonestown massacre, except in my dream i was very aware of the fact that his zombieness could be solely attributed to some bad smack; which somehow made it feel even scarier in the dream.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Friday, 8 October 2021 21:08 (two weeks ago) link


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