|About "And Dream of Sheep" by Thomas Negovan
"What Kate Bush Means To Me" or, "Blowing The Lid Off The Ron of Japan Myth."There are bats outside my window as I write this. "And Dream Of Sheep" is, as you know, a song about drowning. Having never drowned, I felt I needed a reference. It timed out well that after my last visit to our ethereal friends at Area 51 in Nevada I was able to continue on to Hollywood, and the ocean at Venice Beach... but that's a whole other story. I was able to walk out onto that pier and take what energy and perception of such a strong force of water that I needed; beautiful and terrible, drowning, the most romantic of demises, eternal, and eternally yielding. There are a lot of souls down there. I had spent a few candlelit evenings in my bathtub under the water, staring peacefully at the shadowed ceiling. This originally helped immensely, but I needed a deeper push before my recording session to stimulate that source... A friend recommended (unrelatedly) a trip to the flotation tanks: (Oh, no!) A confrontation of claustrophobic fears and childhood anxieties; hadn't she seen Altered States? To end our story, it was a wonderful experience. My less-than-relaxed partner asked, "didn't it scare you to not know where you were?" but I found it immensely helpful to spin myself around repeatedly until I lost the sense of direction I did have. A pleasantly unexpected sidebar was the curious three-dimensional text that revealed itself to me through a funnel of light, but that, again, is another story.