Well readers I think I will brighten your day with a re-telling of a dream I had last night. My dream began with Daybringer Ross and I hanging out in my house in Dayton. Daybringer was playing some video game and Ross was playing guitar while I fiddled around on my bass. I asked Ross if he wanted to learn about the modes and he agreed that it was time. All I heard from Daybringer was a sarcastic “great”. So Ross and I moved upstairs and I started talking about the modes and I oddly started with the locrian mode (which would normally be the last one discussed). Ross was not deterred and seemed to understand what I was talking about be he suggested that we use his organ (as in the keyboard instrument sickos) to play some modal music. The next thing I know Ross and I are in the produce section of a grocery store that when touched makes different organ sounds. I immediately search out and find what would be the pedal and started improvising some bass lines while Ross played some modal lines in the soprano. Then somehow I am back in Athens in front of the school of music and I remember groaning and asking “why am I here” at which point I here a voice behind me say because you need to be. So I turn around and its John only the best way to describe it would be to say it was future John in the vein of future Hiro (from the show Heroes…I know I am nerd even in my dreams). John was wearing some Matrix-esque trench coat and had a shaved head and a goatee and naturally had his katanna strapped to his back. Future John (thats what I am going to call him) told me to get my bass and go to Dr. James office because I was needed. So I go into the music building and a lot of people look at me and ask me what I am doing and I have to tell them that I don’t really know but I need my bass. So I get to the bass room and sure enough my bass is there so I get it and proceed to Dr. James office. On my way down the 5th floor hallway toward Dr. James’s office I see Amanda only shes older looking and looks very freaked out to see me as she exclaimed “Jon what are you doing here?” I remember that I tried to explain that I thought I was trapped in a LOST episode and I vaguely remember saying that this was probably the work of the island or something. Then I hear a very loud “NO!” followed by a punch to the face. As my vision returns I see Future John standing over me saying “Sorry about that but this has nothing to do TV shows” and I remember thinking about asking him why he reminds me of future Hiro but I thought better of saying anything. Anyway when Amanda sees Future John she freaks out, and when I say she freaked out I mean batshit super hysterical crazy and then runs away while Future John laughs in his typical maniacal fashion. So I pick my bass up and continue on my journey to Dr. James office. Upon my arrival I see 3 people standing outside Dr. James office 2 of which I recognize. The 2 humans that I recognize are Mike and Aaron which makes sense as with the addition of myself we form a jazz rhythm section. The 3rd human was a female with bright blue eyes and brown hair (with feathers in it-weird I know) holding an alto saxophone and who introduced herself and Magdalena and added that everyone called her “Mags”. Now I know some of you are reading this and thinking “Magdalena what the fuck?” but it actually makes perfect sense if you are me as J.S. Bach’s second wife name was Ann Magdalena.
-I asked Mags what she was doing here and she explained that she was applying to OU for grad school and this was her audition. At this point Dr. James came out of his office and invited us in. We got set up and Mags said that we were going to play But not for me (one of my favorite jazz standards). All I really recall about us playing was that Mags could somehow sing the lyrics to the song and play sax at the same time. After the audition was over Mags asked me if I wanted to get lunch and as it turns out I must have agreed because the next thing I remember we were walking uptown. This is when things get odd as in the process of walking to uptown Athens we end up at the Greene in Beavercreek eating at the Panera Bread Co. I remember telling her that I have a couple friends who live not far from the Greene and that we should stop by. Mags replied to this by telling me that my friends didn’t live there any more except for Tendie he was around but not in the way I remember. Mags went on to say that Tendie controlled that which is uncontrollable. I remember thinking “his hatred he finally mastered it”. I seemed to except this (probably based on my experiences with future John). So then I ask her what this is really about why I seem to be moving between the past and the future and Athens and Dayton and why she has feathers in her hair. Her response was “In what distant deeps or skies burnt the fire in thine eyes?”.
-Then I woke up.
Well I hope this provides a glimpse into my crazy mind. Thanks for reading.
-update! I now remember where Mags last line come from. It from a poem by William Blake that I memorized a few years back enjoy!
TIGER, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?
In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?
And what shoulder and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?
What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? What dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?
When the stars threw down their spears,
And water’d heaven with their tears,
Did He smile His work to see?
Did He who made the lamb make thee?
Tiger, tiger, burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?
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