make your decision while we’re running…

Dion Mcgregor was a song writer in the 60’s and also a somniloquist//sleeptalker.
this recording is from 1999’s “Dion McGregor Dreams Again“, a more risque compilation of his recorded dreams. the original was released in 1964 and a transcript of the same name with illustrations by Edward Gorey was released the same year. i want it, but so far i cannot find a copy WITH a dust jacket for under $100.

man i kinda wish this happened to me. ever since i was little i wished i could record my dreams, inside my head i mean…but to narrate them out loud would be just as good i suppose…not so good for anyone else in the room (in the bed). especially if it was ABOUT them, or about something they wouldnt like…certainly to be a somniloquist is nothing to wish for.

lets go into the memory shop
if we go into the memory shop i cant leave with you
youll have to leave by yourself
cause ive got to stay there
thats my place…

its probably embarrassing too…

so there are doctors out there studying emotion and motivation and have decided that in this day and age, the basic emotions we feel every day no longer revolve around fight or flight, that many of them have to do with interpersonal skills and trust issues. in this article they discuss 5 such emotions…
elevation, interest, gratitude, pride and confusion.
its an interesting article and you should read it! but i was struck by something in the “elevation” section…
elevation is an uplifting emotion that one could feel when listening to an inspiring speech or if one watches a particularly uplifting episode of Oprah. when one feels elevated, it appears that oxytocin is released in the brain, which generates “warm, calm feelings…it makes [people] want to touch, hug and be more open and trusting with each other”. in the article, Dr. Haidt writes that “if we can harness elevation to build trust, it could have particular relevance in the modern world for strengthening or repairing personal relationships. [He] envisages a time, for example, when marital therapists might try to induce it so as to enhance the effectiveness of couples’ counseling sessions.”
theyre talking about ecstasy! ecstasy releases oxytocin in the brain and i believe it was used in marriage counseling before it was made illegal. i dunno, i just find it interesting that they completely glaze over that bit of history.

“[The feeling of] Elevation is also relatively rare. People typically experience it less than once a week, although there are wide individual differences. Where it does score, though, is in being highly significant. “If you ask people to remember their most cherished experiences of their whole life, elevatory moments are likely to feature in their top five



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