In Yaaländogs! The Dreams of Emmy de Zelaware, Part I: Bar-LeDeuc, a book published in 2002, there is, on page 153 of the hard bound edition (available only through me), a passage in which Berena Kamare’s “home entity”–a computer hologram named Rupa Tunapic–resolves a patent issue regarding a product commonly referred to as a Dream Recorder. In that passage, Rupa cites a song that came to Berena in a dream. Patent issue aside, the song itself has to do with the freedom of adventure that a dream can offer someone who is physically bound to remain in one place. Although I wrote the lyrics for this song, I did not have a tune in mind, so it may be read simply as a poem. I hope you enjoy it.
I pray, Louisiana winds
Tickly, prickly needles and pins
Away from Ruston send my dreams
Mystery plots with chaotic themes.
Whip over stones, topple some trees
Softly caress with gentle breeze
Faraway places, distant shores
Beyond these window panes and doors.
Take this dream my pillow anchors
Tug until the dream surrenders
Fill out the sails, follow the stars
Breathe life into night’s avatars.
Abandon long and morbid days
Ruston is brittle, but it stays
And so must I, my body fails
The mind, in Dreamland, never pales!
© 2002 David E. Miller
Is there a Louisiana in your book, or is it THE Louisiana? I like to imagine it is, with the winds over the bayou.
Regards from England, Pete.
Ruston is a town of about 21,000 people in north central Louisiana. It has the distinction of being mentioned by Jack Kerouac in his book “On the Road.”
In my book, Rupa explains that Berena Kamare owns the patent on the Dream Recorder. The R&D was done by Miadu Surf, a manufacturer that used Berena’s component names, Lotus Sensor and Oneirus Processor, in marketing their product. In court, Miadu Surf claims the patent belongs to Ruston Eolius, not Berena Kamare. However, Rupa reports that Berena Kamare was able to prove to the court that “Ruston Eolius” was a fictitious name under which she filed the patent as a way to maintain a degree of anonymity. Her proof lay in singing a song she’d heard in her dreams, “Louisiana Winds”–a song that suggested the fictitious name. Ruston is a town in Louisiana, and Eolius is a reference to the ruler of the Winds in Greek mythology. Moreover, “Ruston Eolius” is a letter scramble of “Lotus/Oneirus.”
The passage in question is somewhat complicated in its details (as is the entire book). But the Dream Recorder plays a pivotal role in the science fiction series, so its background is important.
Thanks David, I suppose that explains it, especially if I ever read the book. I looked at the You Tube clip you posted, but when I tried to comment, I got ‘page not found’. Just so you know…Regards, Pete.
Chris may have disabled comments, or perhaps a subscription to his videos are required. He’ll be glad you took time to listen to his 2010 CD promo. I’ll e-mail him.