DREAMS THAT ALTERED SOCIETY
Added on: 12th Mar 2016
Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones attributed his popular
song (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction to a dream. He’s said to have
recorded the acoustic riffs just before falling back to sleep.
(The riffs were followed by 40 minutes of him snoring.)
Beethoven was rumoured to be a prolific dreamer, hearing many
of his piano sonatas in his dreams and writing them out afterwards.
Some historians even say his dreams featured instruments
not yet invented.
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
Robert Louis Stevenson regularly used dreams as the bases for
his stories. He saw the scene where Mr. Hyde changes in front of
his pursuers and combined with other nights of dream,
wrote the novel within 10 weeks.
THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY
Salvador Dalí’s famous clock-work The Persistence of Memory may
not have been directly seen in a dream, but Dalí often referred to
his paintings as “hand painted dream photographs”.
Not of the Christ variety here (though Mary did learn of Jesus’s
coming through a dream) – composer George Frideric Handel came
to an impasse when trying to finish his now-famous piece,
Messiah. He claimed the ending for it came to him in a dream.
Caligula, famous Roman emperor, dreamt of his death the night
before it happened. In it, he met the god Jupiter (Zeus in Greek
mythology) who proceeded to kick him from the heavens back to
Earth. The next day, conspirators assassinated the emperor.
MADAME C.J. WALKER
The world’s first female American self-made millionaire,
Madame C.J. Walker, made her fortune in the early 20th
century cosmetics industry. A black man appeared to her
in a dream and told her the mixture which would help
her falling-out hair grow back in. It worked, and she
enjoyed a lengthy career selling her cosmetics products.
HITLER'S LIFE-SAVING DREAM
While fighting in the trenches of World War I, it’s said Adolf Hitler
had a life-saving dream. In it, he and his unit were eaten up by
the earth and liquid metal. He awoke, bewildered, and left for
a walk during which time a shell landed on the trench,
killing the other soldiers.