Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I was on How to Avoid Writer's hell yahoo group, and I was having a discussion about dreamers.
I wrote something spontaneous about how "being a dreamer wasn't such a bad thing, in spite of what I was told in school."
And here is the result.
1. A dreamer went on vacation in Spain and dreamed about the speed of light, his name was Albert Einstein.
2. A dreamer dreamed about having a bulb that made light, his name was Thomas Edison.
3. A dreamer dream the last movements of The Messiah, his name was Frederic Handel.
4. A dreamer dreamed about a mocking crow, and wrote a poem. His name was Edger Allen Poe.
5. Two brothers dreamed about flying, their names were Orville and Wilbur Wright.
6. A dreamer dreamed of being a kid again and floating down the mighty Mississippi on a raft, or being lost in a cave, or any number of things with a sense of humor. His name was Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain.
7. A bored socialite dreamed of being in the South before and during the civil war. Her name was Margaret Mitchell and her book (maybe you've heard of it) Gone with the Wind.
8. The popular Beatles tune Yesterday performed over seven million times in the 20th century, came to Paul McCartney in a dream. McCartney one morning, awoke to the memory of a classical string ensemble playing the melody.
9. A dreamer dreamed that he "saw" the basic elements of the physical universe arrange themselves in an orderly and beautiful pattern like repeating phrases of music. He woke up and outlined from his dream every element in its correct order - what is now known in chemistry texts as the Periodic Table of Elements. His name was Dmitri Mendeleyev
10. A dreamer dreamed about “little people” or “Brownies” who populated his dreams and assisted him with the creative process: “They share plainly in (my) training. They have learned like (me) to build the scene of a considerate story and to arrange emotions in progressive order, only I think they have more talent.” His name Robert Louis Stevenson, his book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
11. A dreamer dreamed of sitting on the sun with all the planets hissing around on tiny cords. He won the Nobel Prize for that dream. His name was Niels Bohr, he developed the model of the atom.
12. Carl Jung wrote of his early dream journals, " All my works, all my creative activity, has come from those initial dreams which began in 1912, almost fifty years ago. Everything that I accomplished in later life was already contained in them, although at first only in the form of emotions and images. "
13. A Baptist minister went to Washington and gave a speech called “I have a Dream,” which prompted the 1964 Civil Rights Act. His name was Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where would we be without our dreamers?