Don’t ask me why and don’t ask me how, but I’ve had another one of those dreams. It's not a dream like I was describing last week where I go back to college and then blow off my classes. This was a different kind of dream. And because of it, I had an epiphany. It’s not--by any means--an important epiphany, but it’s something someone with a strange mind would find interesting.
Which, basically, means that I (and, perhaps, I alone) find it interesting.
Here’s what I’m talking about. I had this dream where I was trying to re-master Fleetwood Mac’s “Tusk” album. No, I don’t know why; I just was. And two things were causing me difficulty in the dream--I was trying to re-master it on a vinyl album (not digitally, or even on tape) and kept screwing it up. And the song on which I kept screwing up was “Go Your Own Way”, which wasn’t even ON “Tusk” but was on “Rumours”, instead.
Then I woke up.
Now, I know it was probably just a standard performance-anxiety dream, a dream like my ongoing college class saga and the kind of dream that we all have (except, perhaps, for the whole re-mastering Fleetwood Mac part). It was probably even the kind of dream that I would’ve forgotten, except for the fact that I wanted to listen to music the next morning while working out and decided, because “Go Your Own Way’ was stuck in my head, to listen to “Rumours”.
And THAT’S when I had my epiphany.
If you want to be really technical, that dream led me to two epiphanies. The first was that, even after 42 years, “Rumours” is a GREAT album. It still holds up, both in its sound and in its lyrical content. It sounds like it could’ve been recorded just a few days ago and you would not have been able to tell. I guess there was a reason why, for a year back in the 70s (before “Saturday Night Fever”), it was the best selling album of all time.
Here’s the second epiphany, the one that really made my brain pop. Like I said, “Rumours” is 42 years old. People still listen to it, it still gets played on the radio, and the group (minus Lindsey Buckingham) still tours around the world, playing songs from it. That’s 42 years after it came out.
Now let’s go back to 1977, the year “Rumours” it was released. People in 1977 weren’t listening to music that was then 42 years old. Radio stations weren’t playing songs that had been recorded 42 years before that, and artists that had been around for 42 years weren’t touring in front of huge crowds. That’s because 42 years before 1977 would’ve made it 1935, when people like Rudy Vallee and Al Jolson were still wowing 'em with show tunes they had honed over years of touring in vaudeville.
I can’t imagine anyone who was in their teens, or 20s, or their 30s in the 1970s listening to music that was then 42 years old. Yet even today, from people who are in their teens or 20s or 30s, I get requests to play songs from Fleetwood Mac, specifically songs from “Rumours”. I don’t know if it’s a testament to the album in particular, or just the fact that rock music has been around and popular for so long in general, but 42 years after it came out, “Rumours” still seems relevant.
Whereas in 1977, 42 years after its peak, vaudeville & show tune was NOT.
Like I said, this is probably a subject that no one finds interesting (with, like I said, the possible exception of me), but it’s something that popped into my head while working out yesterday morning. And it’s all because of a strange dream I had.
Our subconscious is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?
Keep your fingers crossed that a couple of fields stay snow-free at least through Sunday. Now that everything's (temporarily) clear Loraine & I are hoping to get another soccer session in before the snow returns. Wish us luck. And while you're at it, have a great (& fun-filled) weekend yourself!