A little diversion from my usual writing about music. A few weeks ago, I had a particularly vivid dream, which I will describe. I was tired, and I went to bed listening to a recording of Van Cliburn, the noted pianist.
I had driven to San Jose, CA to buy a large piece of obsolete recording equipment; something like an early 70’s Sony reel-to-reel deck – a 2-channel (not a 4-channel) – but definitely a reel-to-reel tape recorder in a wooden case. A Sony? Not the TC-850, but more like a Sony TC-650. By the time I arrived it was night. I was alone.
The place I needed to go was near some places I had visited previous in San Jose – when I was visiting my friend Big Mark in the 1980’s – near Park Blvd. (or was it Park Street, where “Dedicated Record Collector” Rex’s store used to be, in the 80’s?), in what I can describe as almost an “industrial area” – warehouses, not homes or retail. Where I was going was a ‘warehouse’ near Park Blvd.
I don’t remember knocking on the door, I believe I was “expected”. I did find the man who was supposed to be expecting me, he was older than me. He was alone. We chatted a bit – he seemed to think that I would not expect it to be such a heavy piece of equipment.
I understood fully what I was buying from him. It was inexpensive, $60 or so – the point of my dream was not about what the tape deck cost. It was clear to me that it was more about how I had to ‘go get it’, where it was etc.
He assisted me with getting the heavy tape deck off of a loading dock and into the trunk of my car – yes, I think I was in the Suzuki SX-4 that I currently drive. Did it fit in the trunk? I think so. It fit into my car, and we concluded our deal.
Then I woke up to the sound of 5:00am light rain outside of my window. I realized that I had been dreaming – but I knew I could remember some details of my dream. Maybe I am subconsciously thinking I need / want a working Sony reel-to-reel deck? I do own a few, not sure if they all work or not.
But why did my dream tell me that where I had to go was San Jose, CA? $60 for a reel-to-reel in a wooden case. I suppose I presumed it ‘worked’, and that I perceived what I was buying was a ‘bargain’.
I haven’t dreamt a lot over the last few months, so this dream really amused me, and got my attention. What is my subconscious telling me? To make sure my reel-to-reel decks are working? Do I sense a project that will involve my 70’s reel-to-reel decks? I was quite taken with recording equipment, in the 1970’s – I learned to edit tape with an Edit-All and a razor blade. The results were good.
Maybe I am just searching for ‘perfection’ the only way I know how?