Today’s world events are rather depressing, so I thought I would write about something else too, to keep this blog from becoming too dark…

    Ok, during my recent trip to Austin I went with my friend Kimberly to Jupiter Records, the super-nifty new/used CD store at Hancock Center in Central Austin. I spent way too much money on several albums, but my best investment has proven to be 69 Love Songs by The Magnetic Fields.

    69… is a 3 volume set with an accompanying 75 page book of just love songs. Most are short, but almost all of them are fascinatingly quirky and compelling.

    I’ve mostly been listening to volume I, and oh my word (!), these trippy little songs have seeped into my soul in a way that music hasn’t in a long time.

    Let me put it this way… for the last 2 mornings in a row, I have actually woken up singing different songs from the album. I’m serious about this.

    Ok, I wasn’t literally singing, but I was singing in the dream that was having when the alarm clock went off. And this happened two mornings in a row!!! (Isn’t that so wierd!?)

    The first morning’s dream-song was “Reno Dakota,” a song that Kimberly said made her think of me. (I think it was the part about drinking when broken hearted.)

    And then this morning, my dream’s soundtrack featured “Come back from San Francisco.” The line from the song that I was singing in my dream was

      You need me like the wind needs the trees to blow in like the moon needs poetry you need me.

    I just LOVE those lines. — What is funny though, about the dreams is that I only remember sining the songs and do not remember what the dreams were about. I wish I did, but oh well maybe the mystery of that is part of the significance of the dreams.

    Anyway, I’m really, really digging this album. Thanks K for recommending it to me! 🙂