Saturday, November 29, 2008

Somnambulistic Songwriting


Woke up at 5 AM today from a dream in which Jack Black was a troublesome member of the band. We were practicing a new song and finally I threatened to throw him out if he didn't shape up. He complained loudly but when we started playing again we were awesome! I likened the guitar solos to a gun slinger in a showdown with Wah Wah blazing!

When I woke up I realized that the song we were playing was not known to me and immediately ran to my studio and recorded the bones of it before it could slip away.

I went back to bed and attempted to go back to sleep but more and more of the song kept coming back to me so I again went downstairs and started writing down the lyrics and as I saw them materialize on paper I began fine tuning it and even wrote a bridge that hadn't been there.

In the end I wound up writing about 85% of a finished song (Called "I'm Still Here") just from a dream! The song echoes Weezer, The Pixies (because of quiet verses that then explode into raucous chorus's) and The Foo Fighters (sort of).

I've only dreamt one other song in my life, about 15 years ago. That song wound up on my CD called "Doug Khazzam TODAY!" and was called "Prying Eyes" however that song changed drastically from the dream to the finished product, this one is pretty much intact.

Weird and Wonderful, huh?

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes..isnt it cool how sometimes it seems were channeling a song..that its coming from somewhere ..else.
Speaking of a new BL opus...any Feldman/Khazzam tunes? Begining of the End? Toy Soldier? Impossible Lie? ..hmmm?

Doug said...

Gee, I wonder who that could be?

Brian said...

Very cool, UD - dreaming a song - wow!! - I wish I were that creative while awake -

NB