Dreaming About Playing
I’m not trying to get too surreal or ethereal here, but I’m just wondering if anybody dreams about playing music, whether it’s trad or anything else. And if so, how realistic are they?
For me, I will somtimes dream about playing, but the realism of it is very low, or nothing works like it’s supposed to and it’s very frustrating and I would really rather even not dream about it.
However, last night I dreamed about playing Irish flute. I’ve never touched a flute, but I’ve thought about it. I’ve messed around with whistle a bit but far from being able to pull something off at a session. But this dream felt more realistic than most musical dreams I’ve had. That is, I was holding a flute, I was learning to play it, the fingering matched the whistle, I was having to find places in the phrases to take in breaths, and I was actually trying to play Leitrim Fancy. It was as if I were trying to learn my first tune on a flute and making the types of mistakes that I would probably make if I were doing it for real. It was surprisingly lucid.
Anyway, not trying to bore anyone here, but it just was one of those dreams that had a profound impact and actually had me waking up thinking I should pick up a flute and give it a go. Then again, maybe it was just a dream that affected me emotionally and the instrument wouldn’t be a good fit at all. In any case, it’s got me thinking about picking up a Tipple flute for cheap or even a Forbes flute.
The subconscious mind is a mysterious place. I’m just curious if anybody else dreams of playing music and how it works for them.