i dreamed a complete song

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Member Since: Jan 18, 2003

yesterday i was talking about the phenomenon and how it has happened about 12 times in my life. then last night it happened again.

in the dream i was in a songwriting class. we were told to write something on the spot. the teacher was going around the room and the people were playing their fragments one by one. then this dude i know from school a few years back pulled out his guitar and started playing/singing something he'd obviously written before. in the dream i was like 'whatever,' and i was slightly jealous and also thought the song kind of sucked, even though it was kind of catchy. it was a bouncy acoustic song, but the chorus had good meter and the syllables unspooled in a 'hooky' way. then the vocal riff was echoed on the guitar as a way to get back to the verse. then i suddenly noticed i was laying in bed with my eyes open, still thinking about the song. (no boundary between being asleep and being awake--i just slid out of the dream gradually, apparently, and then happened to notice that my eyes were open.) i was still thinking about the song and wondering why i hadn't been able to write one. then i realized holy ****, i did. that song was a dream, which means technically i wrote it. then i grabbed my ipod and hit record. later i'll try to fix the little things i don't like and see if it can become a real song.

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Eat Spam before it eats YOU!!!
Since: May 11, 2002

May 31, 2008 07:14 pm

sounds more productive than my dream last night...

I was 'Whale Fishing'... yes fishing... you try throwing a harpoon into the surf and reeling in a humpback... I was exhausted when I woke up...

Since: Jan 18, 2003

May 31, 2008 07:23 pm


Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

May 31, 2008 11:32 pm

I have had a few dreams like that. I drift out of the dream and then go into the studio and play it out quickly so as not to forget it. But what I find funny is that the few times it has happened, I seem to play it out as if I had played it before. Which I guess technically I did in the dream. But I still find it odd that all the pieces are there as if I had been working on it for a long time and practiced it out.

I guess maybe part of that is that I've always been pretty lucky when I do start writing or working with someone else who might be playing a rough bit for me. I am always able to hear the other instruments as if they are already there but they are only in my head.

My more frequent musical dreams though are from my touring days. They are not re hashed past shows, they are as if I'm still doing it. But I always wake from those worn out and sweating.

I do however fly an awful lot in many dreams.

But zek, it sounds like you have an Ahab syndrome going there. Fishing for a whale, now that is one dream I don't want to have.

Hold 'Em Czar
Since: Dec 30, 2004

Jun 01, 2008 01:05 am

haha, hey forty, how do you record on your ipod?

i don't think i've ever had a musical dream before...strange.

Since: Aug 17, 2004

Jun 01, 2008 02:04 am

The same thing happened to me a couple of weeks back!

In my dream I was sound checking a friends band and they started playing a song. I half woke up and realised that it was a new song, but by the time I had my computer on and ready to record I had forgotten half of it...

Its a lame song but I do appreciate any effort my sub-conscious is making.

Ne'er ate 'er
Since: Apr 05, 2006

Jun 01, 2008 03:05 am

I have recurring dreams like those.

The most frustrating one is when I play the daylights out of a piano, better than the best jazz pianist you've ever heard. I know exactly where all the notes are on the board. It's maddening as hell when I awake and realize I instantly forgot the technique. Another one involves hearing the PA feeding back, and I can't get to the board to turn it down because I'm swimming through time in slooow motion.

My favorite dreams are the lucid ones. You know, when you are aware that you are asleep, and can control what's going on and do what you will.

I think I'll take one right now.


Since: Jan 18, 2003

Jun 01, 2008 08:16 am

you gotta lay there when ya first wake up, and go over the song. don't move around too much. just wait and go over it in your mind.

my ipod records because i bought an italk. it's a little thing that plugs into the bottom. stereo wav files, date-stamped. import to computer. one thing i like about the ipod is all this third party crap. there are prolly 5 plugin recorders available for around 30 bucks each. invaluable for catching ideas.

i like lucid dreams too, but i tend not to get them unless it make it a goal. then i can have them to varying degrees. i've had some full ones before. the kind where you see individual leaves or blades of grass and can choose which ones to look at and notice them all individually. the dream becomes as sharp as reality and really specific and detailed. you have total control!

i also fly a lot in dreams. about three different ways/styles. sometimes realizing i'm flying gets me partly lucid, but i haven't been fully so since the days when i was trying to make it happen. that really works, the methods.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer
Since: May 10, 2002

Jun 01, 2008 09:45 am

I solved a programming assignment that way once in college. After about three days of computer lab till 2AM. The old days when a compile took three hours. Poped up out of bed with the key in my head. The instructor told me he had never seen it solved in the manner I solved it. Bizar.

Since: Jan 18, 2003

Jun 01, 2008 06:04 pm

nice! the chemical structure of benzene was discovered that way too. the guy looking for it dreamed of a snake eating its tail.

Since: Jan 18, 2003

Jun 01, 2008 06:07 pm

check this out.


a bunch of famous discoveries made while sleeping. read lincoln's dream of his own death. i've never heard that one before, but interesting...

Answer:On a good day, lipstick.
Since: Jun 24, 2004

Jun 02, 2008 11:30 am

Snake eating it's own tail? Ouroboros! 2012.... O chit.

I love dreaming. Although I did dream that I rolled my car the other night...Not good.

bace135 in the house tonight!
Since: Jan 28, 2003

Jun 02, 2008 04:15 pm

I have had dreams where I'm at a concert freestyling at the same time the band is playing and another mc is rapping. So thats a band's worth of instruments, and 2 people rapping at the same time all done by my brain. It kinda shocks me. Or I'll be in a cypher and each mc will rap in their own style and then i'll rap in my style, all done by my brain.

Sometimes i wake up with crazy melodies floating in my head, with no idea how they got there. Sometimes I have a song (usually a new song that I heard on the radio) stuck in my head all night as I sleep.

Since: Jan 18, 2003

Jun 02, 2008 07:51 pm

i just solved a problem in my sleep, just not. it was an afternoon nap, which i simply had to take due to getting almost no sleep last night.

i find that afternoon naps, especially if they come right after a meal or snack, are often full of wild dreams.

anyway the answer to my problem is: 'just point out a few specific things on each page and leave the rest go.' this won't make sense to anyone here, but it's the answer, and i've never done it this way before. it's also a really simple idea...

bace135 in the house tonight!
Since: Jan 28, 2003

Jun 02, 2008 08:22 pm

I have crazy dreams all the time. Like super crazy. So much so, that I have to tell people, "please don't judge me for my dreams." They are completely bizarre and if you took them serious, you might think I have serious issues.

Since: Jan 18, 2003

Jun 02, 2008 08:55 pm

me too, but i love it

bace135 in the house tonight!
Since: Jan 28, 2003

Jun 03, 2008 02:09 pm

Oh yeah, me too, I love it, but I just don't want other people to worry about me, cuz sometimes I enjoy sharing my dreams.

Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Jun 03, 2008 02:33 pm

I have a constantly reocurring dream of a haunted house. It really sucks. I can even draw a picture of this place from memory, inside and out. I have had it about 15 times and my wife has awoke me becuase I was screaming "GO NOW!!!".


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