Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Dreams... The Other Kind

Paul McCartney’s Yesterday.

Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins.

Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones.

What do they have in common besides being awesome jams?

They were all inspired by dreams.

And lucky for the rest of us, these artists got their butts out of bed and wrote or recorded bits that would help them remember their insights in the morning. In fact, they say that the recording of Keith Richards chanting, “I can’t get no satisfaction” and doing a verbal of that famous guitar riff finishes off with a grand finale of loud snoring.

In the book department, dreams have helped create E.B. White’s Stuart Little and Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach.

And by the way, there’s no need to fret another nightmare.

Think Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson,

and Stephen King’s Misery.

So, to quote those wise words of screechy Steven Tyler –

Dream on

Dream on

Dream on

Yeah, and sometimes you just have to see it live to appreciate it.

PROMPT: Always keep a dream catcher (notebook and pen or digital device) next to your bed. You never know when that late-night chimichanga or quart of Ben & Jerry’s is going to inspire your next best-seller.

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