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October 2008
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So a couple of days ago I dreamt I was dead, and ended up in some sort of afterlife that looked like the medeval conception of heaven: angelic being doing various "jobs" - plotting the dance of the stars, singing spring over the face of the earth, celestial record-keeping, whispering sacred songs into the ears of prophets. Reality is programmable, and song is the language. The trick is to hear the song of the universe. Once you hear it, you've no trouble harmonizing with it, changing chord structures. By the way, the universe does not sound at all like country music, which is a very good thing.

So they put me in the Library (I think this may have been a partial result of a long conversation with gfish, shadowblue, randomdreams and dymaxion about how good books smell and whether librarians were sexy). Now, Jack-chick variety Christianity (and I'm actually acutely disturbed that something similar showed up in my dreams - makes me feel vaguely dirty) always has this scene at the end where the evil sinner is at Judgement day, and an angel looks in a huge Book and says to the glowing god-thing, "his name is not here, Lord!" and the sinner is cast into fire and brimstone, et cetera. So that's kinda what the library is - a book for each being with a soul, and when the guy dies, you find his book, and you take it to the Studio, and they decide what to do with it.

The books are full of music, of course. Plain black leather covers, and page after page of music. The way judgement works is they play his own music at the newly-dead guy, and then what they do with him is based on his reaction. So there are lots of orchestral angels, and trust me, you don't know surreal until you pass a couple of people on clouds playing harps delicately plink plink plink - just the way heaven is supposed to be, and on the next cloud there's a guy with a mohawk and a kickass drumset well-loved, the cymbals slightly flattened and some chick with a saxophone, wailing away gleefully, painting jazz color into the sunset over some island in the pacific, muddy oranges and shifting blues.

So, aside from just fetching scores to the Studio, I got to look at the books myself. They're bound in plain black leather, identical sizes. None of them have visible titles, but all of them have what appears to be a stylized silver flower, perhaps a violet, stamped on the spine. The Library is so large there are stars between floor and ceiling. If there even are floors or ceilings; I never find any. A lot of musical scores to peruse, stories and personalities to devour.

So out of curiousity, I started looking for the scores of people I know, and looking in them. Lemme tell you guys: you (and my non-livejournal friends) are freaks. One time I picked up a book and got showered by glitter someone had shut in it. Another time, I noticed several pages missing, and a photograph of a woman with dark hair. At least one person I know has part of the score written in violently scarlet lipstick. Pressed flowers. Cryptic notes scrawled in margins, with what appear to be electric diagrams. Parts written for sousaphone, triangle, Gregorian chanting, harmonica, tapping spoons, laser harp, cat (you pet the cat. the cat purrs. This is accompanied by a whisper of dark, murmuring cello), or thudercloud (mmm, rain sounds).

For the record, I love you guys. Yes, this entire post is a long way to say, "I had a dream and it reminded me my friends are cool. And also utter freaks." So sue me.

Take-home question: How should I recognize your life music, when I see it? Either something wierd about the score itself, or some strange instrument/melody/musical form.

Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
Current Music: EVA - Cruel Angel Thesis (NGE opening theme)
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First I was going to jokingly say "Mine's the one with the six-part rondo for kazoo," and then I realized there'd definitely be a kazoo in there somewhere, probably several, during some of the college life passages. And a calliope playing the old-time circus theme.

Wind chimes, multitudes of them, pentatonic crashes and tinkles of a huge thunderstorm and soft intermittent chimings. Mourning doves. Rain on eaves. The rushing rustle of a waterfall encased in ice.

Piano, definitely; snatches of Fur Elise, Rustle of Spring, Hanon exercise #34, Rachmaninoff, scales, rising and falling chords. Acoustic guitar. Rain sticks. Low, thumping drums.

The score will have smudges and imprints that look like the curve of the side of your hand that presses against the paper when you write, because it's written by a left-hander who doesn't always remember to hook her hand to avoid smearing the ink.

I just wanted to say I thought this description was really neat.
I thought, "that's nice," the first time I read it. The second time I read it, I realized I'd missed 'Mourning Doves' and that everything made much more sense with them.
Very well-written, as always.

That is one of the coolest things I have ever read. As always.

I'll have to think about what mine would be. I'll get back to you.

I bet the cat was mine. :)

The part written for cat reminds me of the idea of a pleasure organ, and from there, to the torture organs that inspired the idea.

The torture organ was a family of real devices that produced sounds through infliciting pain on some creature. Some used cats, some humans, and probably others anything inbetween; some used sharp pointy things, and others fire, some simply let the sounds out directly, and others channeled them through pipes to change the sounds into truly unearthly tones. Really a very scary thread of human history.

I would hate to meet someone whose score involved one of those.

A crow just landed on my roof.

The books are full of music, of course. Plain black leather covers, and page after page of music. The way judgement works is they play his own music at the newly-dead guy, and then what they do with him is based on his reaction. So there are lots of orchestral angels, and trust me, you don't know surreal until you pass a couple of people on clouds playing harps delicately plink plink plink - just the way heaven is supposed to be, and on the next cloud there's a guy with a mohawk and a kickass drumset well-loved, the cymbals slightly flattened and some chick with a saxophone, wailing away gleefully, painting jazz color into the sunset over some island in the pacific, muddy oranges and shifting blues.

That sounded like Charles de Lint. Beautiful, imaginative. What a lovely dream. And to dream such about your friends...even more lovely.

Hm, I've heard several people mention that author, but never read any. Can you recommend one to start with?

Charles de Lint

I highly recommend his collection of short stories called Dreams Underfoot. One of the quotes I have on my user info page is from my favorite story in that book, and I suspect it might be one that would appeal to you as well.

My music.

Cats purring; various vocalizations of crows; an instrumental written for me by my husband, arranged for hammered dulcimer; various love songs: Amazed by Lonestar, Alone by Heart, Mysterious Ways by U2 and many more that I won't try to list; the soundtracks for the tv show Babylon 5 and the movie The Abyss; the sound of the rain; the sounds the wind makes through the trees; the sound of the ocean; and woven through all of it, the sound of pages being turned in books, and the typing of fingers on a keyboard.