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Musical: Recording "The Right Dreams"

As I said last night, a new demo recording is now up on the net: "The Right Dreams" is available for a listen here if you have a taste for such things. The one has an odd origin as having been originally conceived--on the musical side of things--as the "outro" to my song "Tunisian Blue." After I'd come up with the lyrics to "Tunisian Blue," though, as Erik Goldschmidt and I were flying back to the States from Tunisia, it no longer seemed to fit. I decided to check it out when I was back in the Bend, so one night when Mark and J.P. were over I played and sang "Tunisian Blue" to them and then moved on to the outro part. Mark, who listens to the lyrics, said it didn't work; J.P., who doesn't listen to lyrics, said it did. And so the outro was scrapped. But I found myself playing it and humming the melody at times, so three years later, I decided to give it life of its own as a song, and this is the form it took.

I've been working on this recording for a few weeks, at first being thrown merely by the tempo (a fairly frantic 166 beats per minute), and after an incredibly obsessive and sweaty day locked in my apartment and recording yesterday, I think it's ready for public consumption. The thing that was very strange about this recording was that this wasn't entirely how I imagined the song when I started recording. I kept being surprised by new directions that the song went in, even though I was the one doing it. When I was recording Life and Other Impossibilities in Nashville, that happened on some songs, but I thought of it more as part of the group dynamic of inspiration. It was sometimes disconcerting to have it happening to me alone. But then, it could be fun, too!

The Right Dreams

The sun comes up. The sun goes down
Passing me by once again
Summers used to last forever
Now I think ahead in years
Days slip by like water
Memory swims in tears.

and I’m wondering if I’ll ever find the right dreams
I’m hoping that I’ll move along the slipstream
I’m singing about what seems
right to me
right to me
and I’m wondering if I’ll ever find the right dreams

I’m standing in the middle
Intersections crossroads
The girl in the white dress smiled at me
She invited me along.
The sun still stares from high noon
and I still sing this song

and I’m wondering if I’ll ever find the right dreams
I’m hoping that I’ll move along the slipstream
I’m singing about what seems
right to me
right to me
and I’m wondering if I’ll ever find the right dreams

So find me a reunion
Find me an opportunity
Give me an investment scheme
Settle my scores and set me free
Give me new temptations
Dressed like old securities.

and I’m scared that I’ll never find the right dreams
that I’m silent when the world screams
that I’m wrong in seeing what seems
right to me
right to me
and I’m scared that I’ll never find the right dreams

So I’m sleeping wide awake now
To see I’ve always had the know-how
Illumination's for the asking
Life's no longer tasking
Sun and moon and rain are Grace
Here in our home of time and space

and I’m seeing I will always dream dreams
That I can’t help moving down the slipstream
But I can sing about what seems
all I see
right to be
For I will live all the right dreams

(Life is my dream)
(Life is our dream)
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