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Dreamed 2015/8/23 by Wayan
I go hear Club Foot Orchestra at the Jazz Center--they're improvising live soundtracks to old silent films.
At home, read Kate Milford's The Broken Lands--a fireworks girl, a card sharp, an ex-soldier and a lady's maid in Coney Island try to keep demons from taking over New York. A fantasy, but full of odd historical nuggets.
- Felix the Cat drinks all night at a club, goes home hallucinating monsters. To face the scariest of all: his wife.
- How a Mosquito Works by Windsor McCay, 1912. As revolting now as then.
- Koko the Clown by Max Fleischer of Betty Boop fame. Koko and his dog are thrown in jail. His dog, the smarter of the two, realizes the ball & chain on his leg is just a black circle and line--could just as well be an anarchist's bomb! So he lights the fuse, throws it, and blows a hole in the wall. Breakout! But millions of prison guards chase them, swarming like ants... right off the animation page into the real New York, to fall from skyscraper windows... as bizarre as any Dadaist collage.
- Sherlock Junior by Buster Keaton, the feature: Club Foot Orchestra can't show it! A new company just bought the rights and denied Club Foot a playing permit at the last minute! So instead, they show a Keaton feature the company doesn't control: Out West. A cattle drive through the streets of downtown LA... ha! Club Foot improvises a pretty good accompaniment, especially impressive since they saw Out West just once before the show.
Then I start Love Is The Drug. Straight-A student Emily is abducted, drugged and head-injured, spends a week in a coma... and her parents assume she got drunk & took drugs and crashed the car and is just lying! Even THEN she still craves their approval, is slow to break from them. Made me so furious I could shriek.
I'm in the rugged country of the SHRIEK.
For eons these fierce folk have fought
Humanity; now and then at whim they even eat
Us. Not that we're tasty--they dig in
To punish the rude (whether plume or skin).
"To curb obnoxiousness," they say, "just treat it as
SHRIEKS are like our myth of gryphons--a blend
Of lion and hawk. All feathered pride and prowl.
And howl! Their tongue to me's a stopless pour
Of scream, of raptor rage. Can't parse
But our two human guides are excellent at bird
Lingo, slinging SHRIEK as sleek as lions, though
Sadly wingless. Virgils leading us afoot below
We're here to help a man adopt two SHRIEK
Fledglings. And they're glad to go! They know
The music-world is wide: wing-room to grow
In ways deplored in SHRIEK. Plus, they've long
Felt fury for their narrow guardians. Their song,
Their training stunted. The musical twins propose
To ritually burn all things bestowed by those
stifling foster-parents; a public stink and sting,
"To blow" the siblings say "all wind from out
One of our guides insinuates in SHRIEK
"Your new dad's clever; he recommends
You pack your musical instruments to sell
To human collectors instead. It will defame
Your neglecters even more; for buyers will
Gladly mock such unworthy SHRIEKs; they'll
Play human music on them, just to gall
Traditionals! Yon pair will catch the blame.
She wisely tries persuading cubs in terms
Of SHRIEK revenge; and yet she knows
Their adoptive father has private cause to save
Their instruments--they're no mere things,
But music-muses, and his angry gryphonlings
Are guardians too, to cubs of wood and wire.
To lay a spiral lyre on pyre is murder. Has
But too, he needs the cash! SHRIEK cubs are hell
To feed--need pounds of red meat. He must sell
Their rare SHRIEK curios, buy guitar, piano, horn
For cubs to learn. Funds are no SHRIEK concern,
But here below, cash-flow trumps honor. Though
Be fair! The cash will go to grow cub-pinions,
Don't forget. Dad'll nurse their music-talent yet!
But then I wake, to find I'm lost again among
Bland humanity; my proud singing cubs
NOTES IN THE MORNING
- Shriek language: the raucous jazz horns & woodwinds Club Foot Orchestra scored for those cartoons.
- They eat humans: in The Broken Lands, Walker kills humans for snacks.
- Guardians outrage cubs, stifle their music:
- The corporation denying Club Foot Orchestra a permit to play live jazz to Buster Keaton!
- In Love Is The Drug Emily's parents don't believe her. I focused on how that physically endangered her, suppressing my outrage at the emotional betrayal. My own parents were unreliable, slow to defend us and quick to blame, so I grew up wary, distrustful, and... pragmatic. This dream points out that to survive I had to defer my hurt at betrayal. But it remains--and, the dream hints, may sabotage my music.
- Sell musical instruments: on my way to the Jazz Center, I saw a music shop and recalled the cello bow sitting in my closet for years. Dream says it ought to be used.
- Carnivores are costly: in Out West, Buster saves his pet cow Brown Eyes, but her herdmates are doomed. I'm a vegetarian for many reasons--yes, health & cost matter. But so does cruelty.
- ACTION 1: Sell that cello bow. It wants to be played.
- ACTION 2: Own my anger. DO I let it sabotage my music? I may expect to be betrayed, neglected, disbelieved, unheard, as I was as a kid. But maybe more. I may angrily, proudly refuse to play with fledglings, out of insult at being lumped in with their childish mediocrity. Yet you must flap before you can fly!
And yet... their touchy gryphon-pride has a point. Maybe I HAVE settled, expected too little. And if pride isolates me... so? After all, you fly on your own wings in the end. Or you fall.
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