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Songs of Praise
16 Jul 2017
Dream Blog - S.P. Somtow • Somtow Sucharitkul

So my dream ... this is a full 13 hours later but I still remember one big part of what was a very long dream. It is that I am on a sort of inner veranda of a hallway and below me, people are singing a beautiful anthem. They're seated at a long table or in pews. Indeed, I'm overwhelmed by how harmonically pure and beautifully it is sung. So I walk down the stairway toward the singers.

Suddenly I find I have to accompany them on the "organ" ... but it's not an organ at all, more like a succession of shelves with abacus-like pegs and beads, and each shelf is in a higher key than the one below.

They start to sing an incredibly familiar hymn, but it has irregularly rhythmic phrases and I keep stumbling over it. When I wake up the melody of the hymn is ringing in my head but I can't for the life of me remember its name.

So now - 13 hours later - the words of the hymn come back to me as I'm getting ready for bed. I type the words "brothers and sisters draw near" into google and I get the whole text of the him which is: "Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of Creation."

That's the tune which was stuck in my head all day long, the melody vividly remembered from Eton, but the words only just coming back to me hours after I woke up.

As I type this, I'm getting goosebumps, suggesting there's more to this dream than I think.... probably in the part I don't remember....

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