I was sneaking under a bus parked over a snowy muddy pit. I jostled a hinge holding the front of the truck to the freight, and it began to collapse on me. As it caved in on me, I genuinely thought I was going to die. This was the phrase that went through my mind, “This is the end of Willie Simpson…” (lame I know.) The truck hadn’t completely caved, so I dashed away from the pit and jumped just as the freight tipped over and crushed the bottom of my legs. I couldn’t feel a thing and I assumed I was in extreme shock. I was wrong, I had just woken up from an intense dream. Naturally shaken by such a thing, I went right to my website, which I forgot to update yesterday, and found “#9 Dream,” the John Lennon single from Walls and Bridges that peaked on the Billboard Charts at #9. Nine was John’s lucky number as he was born on the 9th day of October, and accorded it special status in his life, already borrowing it for “Revolution #9.” He wrote the song when he was broken up with Yoko Ono, and living with May Pang in Los Angeles, in fact she’s in the backing vocals. Other famous “Beatle friend” luminaries include the presence of bassist Klaus Voorman, (the German who discovered the Beatles in Hamburg), Nicky Hopkins, (famous British piano player who jammed frequently with the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and Kinks), and Jim Keltner on drums, (a famous session man who appeared on all the solo Beatle records and a zillion other super famous mega acts albums.) Lastly, that mysterious phrase Lennon chants throughout the song, “Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé” has no meaning whatsoever and is exclusively from the dream that inspired the song. Enjoy the tune, as its one of John’s best solo efforts, and be careful in your dreams, or you might wake up thinking your dead.
EDIT: When I posted this at 7 am this morning, I had no idea, that today, would have been John Lennon’s 71’st Birthday. How’s that for Instant Karma!?