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At times I may awaken from a dream that inspires a song. The dream itself may have had nothing to do with music, but the dream story inspires a song which usually comes rapidly upon awakening. In order not to forget the song I will write it down immediately and the song may stay in my mind throughout the day and sometimes for several days following the dream.
The following example is something I wrote around 1979. I was on tour with The World of Fantasy Players from Charlotte, North Carolina. Our summer tours took us northerly and it was June or July when we were in Montana.
I recall one midday as we were on our way to Livingston, Montana, as I was driving I saw a distant mountain shrouded with clouds. That mountain stayed visible to me for the entire trip from Billings to Livingston. It was spitting snow when we arrived in Livingston. We unloaded the show equipment under cloudy skies. The day was more like a day in January.
That night I dreamed of that mountain I had seen and I awakened with a song that I immediately wrote down. When I woke up it was still dark outside and the room was extremely cold. I suppose I probably wrote the song "Lonely Hero" in bed. I don't remember that part.
The song I wrote that morning put the dream content into verse and it told a story about a hero who lived on the mountain I had seen. Here is the chorus of that song:
When I wake up in the morning
The room is dark and freezing
Then I close my eyes
To see a distant mountain
And I know that he is waiting there
To come again to me another night.
Who takes the bad things and makes them right,
My one and only hero,
Who wanders through my dream most every night.