Thursday, January 10, 2008

What's The Deal With Things That Get All Over The Place?

Dream in which I'm at my parents' house in NY, downstairs in the den. I've got a new Frank Zappa CD release; it's in thin, shrink-wrapped cardboard case and the cover is vague and obscure. The title has "Helsinki" in it but it is not his real-life Helsinki concert release. But it is live...and as I listen to it on the stereo, It is all "original" to my dream (I made up the music subconsciously.) Somehow, Hendrix guests on a few tracks on the record, though it seems to date from the 1970's. I decide it's not the best thing Hendrix ever did, but that it's the best thing Zappa has done.

There is a lot of intentional avant-garde noise/improv on the record, along with some stellar jazz fusion pieces. My family is moving about, also listening and enjoying (it's Christmastime.) One song is called something like Mnnh: Htaw Mnnnhth Mno or something on the package; listening, part of it is a parody of the old standard, "What a Wonderful World." Someone else is singing it, but all the original words are replaced with random nonsense. Everyone finds it very funny.

The disc is over and the player is about to restart at the beginning, which I don't remember hearing before. On the first track of the concert, Zappa comes on stage and says something like "This song is sometimes called ****** (I forget) but the reallll title is 'Bobby Brown'" and counts it off and a vamp starts. This song I actually know (from real life) and don't want everyone in the house to be turned off by its vulgar and offensive lyrics, so I race over to shut it off. Right before starting to sing, Zappa says to the band over the vamp on the last beats before the verse, "I'm ready!" This seems out of character compared to his usually discreet and accurate conducting.

I don't get to the stereo in time to stop the music before the verse starts, but as I do, I hear it's not the 'Bobby Brown' song I know, it must be an earlier version. But it's not one from real life, it's a 'dream' version. The first line (repeated twice) is...."What's the deal with things that get all over the place?" I'm enjoying it.

I remember the music for that line. Major key, around 120 bpm, fanfare style. The descending melody (if it were C major) is:
What's the deal with | things that get all over the place

I wake up laughing about this line.

P.S. This is the 100th dream post. New Year's resolution - remember more, blog more.