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February 28, 2012 at 2:44pm

Sunday: When dreams of seductive sirens, social media and Elvis come true

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Have you ever fallen asleep while listening to someone tell you about his or her dream from last night? Apparently it's quite common.

Put your sleeping cap on ... Here are my three dreams from last night.

Mason Bates' Sirens

My first dream followed a vocal ensemble and I as we soared from cloud to cloud, encountering one seductive, mythical creature after another, as the ensemble sang Mason Bates' Sirens. On the first cloud were the characters from Homer's Odyssey, followed by the German Lorelei, 16th-century Italian goddess of the stars, and the Peruvian Sirinu in Quechua. The journey ended on a fishing boat listening to Christ's "siren" while the captain of the vessel read text from Homer's Odyssey.

Ted Hearne's Privilege

In my second dream, I was invisible at a social media meet-up. Everything was dark, dark, dark. The room became consumed with huge iPads. They throbbed and bounced down from the ceiling, nearly crushing me. THEN: I woke up screaming and went out to the antechamber, where my governess, Sylvie, was watching the BBC. I demanded that she go unplug the apple TV in the servants' upstairs kitchen, which backed up to my wall, and she obliged me. When she returned, she read poignant texts from Bill Moyers' 2009 interview with David Simon, the creator of the acclaimed television series The Wire while a vocal ensemble sang Ted Hearne's Privilege from the back of the room.

Paul Crabtree's Thirst

My third dream was super-vivid. I dreamed I was in the line at Met Market and Elvis was helping an old Samaritan women work the debit machine. It wasn't Young Elvis or Fat Elvis, but rather poet Fleda Brown's Elvis. All the while this was happening, the clerk read well-known Bible verses as a vocal ensemble sang Paul Crabtree's Thirst. It was so lifelike, that dream.

Weird, huh?

Even more weird was when I opened my email and found Seattle-based vocal ensemble The Esoterics' 19th season opener SIRENE follows, basically, my dream sequence from last night. Seriously.

[St John's Episcopal Church, Sunday, March 4, 3 p.m., $15-$20, 114 20th Ave. SE, Olympia, 360.888.5983]

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