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dream albums, dream wardrobes







Wakanomori was given a t-shirt when he was last in England. It came wrapped around this album cover:



I have not ever heard this album, but when I was a little kid, I know my parents had a Jethro Tull album. My parents had quite the record collection. I remember once being babysat, and the babysitter brought her boyfriend over, and they proceeded to go through the record collection. I was Discomfited.

When I got a little older, I used to like looking through the various Beatles albums: Sargent Pepper, Rubber Soul, Revolver, the White Album, even Magical Mystery Tour.** There always seemed to be ones I wasn't expecting--which led to a recurring dream that I was looking through the records and came across that one album that I was always forgetting about, that had all those cool songs, not the ones everyone knows, but those other ones. I would be so excited to find this album... but in the morning it always turned out not to exist.

I used to have, and sometimes still have, similar dreams about, of all things, clothes. When I was little and wore more dresses than I do now, I used to have dreams of looking in my closet and discovering that there were all these dresses in there that I didn't know I had. Beautiful ones! I was going to look beautiful! Alas, these dreams, too, were never true, and my closet always had only the same old clothes in it.

In this post I'm really living up to my LJ moniker, Asakiyume, shallow dreams. They were fun, though, those dreams, both sorts.

**Also, let's see: Abbey Road and Let It Be. And maybe one of the early ones--but maybe not: maybe that was one of the dream albums.


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sartorias
Sep. 9th, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
Oh, those old records! fond memories.

BTW, another very strong Netflix streaming vid: A Japanese film called "Sweet Bean." I bet you will get much more out of it than I did, as I had only subtitles. But oh, it was so tender and sensitive and beautiful. (Beware though, it begins with cherry blossoms . . .)
asakiyume
Sep. 9th, 2016 02:12 am (UTC)
Excellent--thank you!

And yes, if it starts with cherry blossoms, I will make sure not to get too attached to the things of this fleeting world...
sovay
Sep. 9th, 2016 02:05 am (UTC)
I would be so excited to find this album... but in the morning it always turned out not to exist.

That's kind of my brain's default setting when it comes to books and movies and other forms of media which I dream about and can't even bring into being when I wake.
asakiyume
Sep. 9th, 2016 02:11 am (UTC)
These dream realities don't seem to be so much alternative as they seem adjacent--like if you walk widdershins, you find them, or if you go through the doors in a certain order. Speaking of--and relating to your film marathon post--I've always found the streets around Brattle, Garden, Mt. Auburn, to be confusing. Like you think you're one place, but you're actually one click over. If you venture from one site, you're in the world with those missing albums, films, books .... and, uh ... maybe those clothes I wanted?
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boxofdelights
Sep. 9th, 2016 03:17 am (UTC)
For me that dream often comes in the form of food: a food court, or a deli, or a cafeteria-style restaurant, that has many many choices of things that I actually like to eat. It always has that feeling of being familiar but forgotten. "Why don't we come here more often?" I wonder. "Why don't I think of this place when I'm looking for something to eat?" It's usually down by the waterfront. (I have never lived anywhere that had a "down by the waterfront".)
asakiyume
Sep. 9th, 2016 11:38 am (UTC)
I don't live near any sort of waterfront either, but I used to have dreams about a charming coastal town with white-washed buildings and a fishing harbor!

Your dreams sound delicious, and just thinking about them is making me hungry.
yamamanama
Sep. 9th, 2016 04:04 am (UTC)
So that's what asakiyume means.

I know yume means dream.

I had a dream about a machine that could transmogrify any object into a carrot. There was futuristic wreckage strewn everywhere.
asakiyume
Sep. 9th, 2016 11:37 am (UTC)
I recently learned how to say "carrots" in Spanish: zanahorias.

That tool of yours would be useful in a guns-into-plowshares sort of way, and it would sure make horses happy.

Yeah, I took the name "asakiyume" from the iroha poem.
yamamanama
Sep. 9th, 2016 04:09 am (UTC)
When I wake up with a sense of longing, it's usually because I dreamt about someone.
asakiyume
Sep. 9th, 2016 11:35 am (UTC)
I've had dreams like that too--they are so fulfilling when you're in them and leave you so full of longing afterward.
steepholm
Sep. 9th, 2016 06:04 am (UTC)
I had A Passion Play, back in the day. It's not Tull's best album, and was a critical failure, but I liked it - and have just been earwormed by the memory. You've got to love any song where the chorus is "Well I'll go to the foot of our stairs!"
asakiyume
Sep. 9th, 2016 11:34 am (UTC)
Which song has that line? I'll go listen on YouTube. (The album cover came without an album in it, and even if it had had an album, we have no system for listening to a vinyl record!)
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amaebi
Sep. 9th, 2016 11:25 am (UTC)
Even Magical Mystery Tour?
asakiyume
Sep. 9th, 2016 11:33 am (UTC)
For some reason, my parents always poo-pooed that one.
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ashlyme
Sep. 9th, 2016 12:17 pm (UTC)
I don't know "A Passion Play" at all, but I crushed on "Songs From The Wood" pretty hard as a teen. It's still a good pick-me-up album. I constantly dream of second-hand bookshops, and often of that elusive volume I never did buy.
asakiyume
Sep. 9th, 2016 12:29 pm (UTC)
Any one particular song from "Songs from the Wood" that I should give a whirl (heh, vinyl-record metaphor) on Youtube?

And dream-world bookshops are wonderful places; I've been in a few myself, and I'm not even much of a book buyer!
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cmcmck
Sep. 9th, 2016 02:09 pm (UTC)
Know it well, but then I have ALL the Tull albums! :o)
asakiyume
Sep. 10th, 2016 02:35 am (UTC)
If the one track I've heard so far is representative, I understand why!
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heliopausa
Sep. 9th, 2016 11:17 pm (UTC)
What wonderful dreams - but I feel for the terrible drop of waking. :( (I didn't know that's what asakiyume meant. Which part means which?)
asakiyume
Sep. 10th, 2016 02:38 am (UTC)
"asaki" is a classical form of the adjective meaning "shallow" (the contemporary adjective is "asai"), and "yume" is "dream(s)" --shallow dreams.

It was a big disappointment to wake up, but somehow the magic of the (dream) discovery lingered. Also, it gave me the impression that around the corner, or under certain conditions, reality would change. I had the impression that the albums (etc.) were real... just out of reach.
zyzyly
Sep. 11th, 2016 04:44 am (UTC)
I bought that album the day it came out. Still have it.
asakiyume
Sep. 11th, 2016 08:24 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad to have it enter my life--even as just an empty album cover.
pdlloyd
Sep. 12th, 2016 08:39 pm (UTC)
There always seemed to be ones I wasn't expecting--which led to a recurring dream that I was looking through the records and came across that one album that I was always forgetting about, that had all those cool songs, not the ones everyone knows, but those other ones. I would be so excited to find this album... but in the morning it always turned out not to exist.

Such a familiar feeling! That book you're sure you read, but no one else has heard of. The movie you wish you could share with your sweetheart. The painting that stunned you, but isn't to be found in any museum.

I used to have, and sometimes still have, similar dreams about, of all things, clothes. When I was little and wore more dresses than I do now, I used to have dreams of looking in my closet and discovering that there were all these dresses in there that I didn't know I had. Beautiful ones! I was going to look beautiful! Alas, these dreams, too, were never true, and my closet always had only the same old clothes in it.

I have these dreams, too. And sometimes they're just fun and I wake up and imagine getting the garment, only to realize.... But, mine are often a response to something stressful, either in the dream, or in my life, and can turn nightmarish. Finding just the right outfit, then stepping onto the stage to discover I've chosen from the Emperor's clothes rack. Or, searching through closet after closet, or rack after rack, only to find nothing I can wear. Maybe I'm dressed while I'm searching, but maybe I'm not. Either way, big gloom ensues.

These dream realities don't seem to be so much alternative as they seem adjacent--like if you walk widdershins, you find them, or if you go through the doors in a certain order.

Yes! It's as if, on waking, we discover that our reality has shifted just a bit. We treat our remembrances as dreams, but they are really part of the life we left behind in order to wake into a new one.
asakiyume
Sep. 13th, 2016 04:09 pm (UTC)
We treat our remembrances as dreams, but they are really part of the life we left behind in order to wake into a new one. Yes! Dreams are part of our lived experience.
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