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thank god i'm a country boy?

I had two very vivid dreams last night, and both featured one particular person from my livejournal friends list. We were at a festival of Appalachian and Celtic folk music - although festival may not be the best way to describe the small, scattered groups of musicians and craft specialists spread out over an otherwise empty landscape - as the last rays of the sun were sliding toward the horizon to herald the transition from twilight into dusk. The area didn't look like anywhere I've actually been in the past, although the location did vaguely remind me of Bragg Valley outside Calgary - home to the Tsuu T'ina Nation Pow Wow in Canada.

I don't know why we were at an event dedicated to folk music. There are enough other landmarks in Washington to show this friend that there shouldn't be any strong reason to create new environments for us to explore. As the darkness grew in intensity camp fires sprang up around each collection of performers. I can recall watching a young girl playing a feadóg stáin (tin whistle) and was apparently surprised to hear her include a short strain from the movie "Flight of the Navigator" into a piece of her own composition. How I would be able to identify a musical segment from a 1986 live action Disney movie is anyone's guess. Oh well. Such is the power of dreams.

Upon returning home in the early hours of the next morning my dream self noticed a message posted to the front page of Yahoo in relation to the festival from a man who had played the night before. In his message he encouraged readers to come out for a second night and concluded with an interesting remark that's still in my mind ...

Because God wanted us to have something wonderful he gave us music. After that he gave us unrequited, unattainable, and broken love to balance things out ... and for inspiration, so we'd have something to write about no matter where we found ourselves in the world.


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Jul. 26th, 2006 02:36 pm (UTC)
Have you heard Celtic rock music? Bands like Avalon Rising and Gypsy Soul are good examples of the genre.
Jul. 27th, 2006 10:36 am (UTC)
No, I've never heard any Celtic rock music before. The only crossover track I've heard has been Celtic hip hop from northern France. Thanks for the recommendations!
Jul. 26th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
home to the Tsuu T'ina Nation Pow Wow in Canada

One of the things I really miss about Canada are the tiny second-hand bookstores full of old and new Canadian poetry. Today I read "Elysium Pass", Rob McLennan's adaptation from Frank Smythe's Rocky Mountains (London: Adam and Charles Black, 1948), and although I am not sure of how I feel about it as a poem, it reminds me of looking through my grandparents' Atlas books.
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Jul. 27th, 2006 11:18 am (UTC)
I knew exactly who it was in my dream. Without knowing how they feel about being mentioned by name in my journal it seemed better to leave it vague. I've also had dreams where I couldn't place who else was involved apart from that I knew them from a particular group.
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