A main part of this dream focused around a specific area. As always, the locations are local but not exactly the same. The West Norfolk bridge connects an area of Portsmouth together and is route 164. In the dream the bridge looks different, the west end of the bridge I hear screams. Every time I’m on the west end I hear them, these are not normal screams they are screams of death. I only hear them from females as if someone’s being murdered are raped, and it seems as if I’m the only person who cares or notices. We can’t find where they are coming from, as if it’s directly under the bridge. The screams were real enough that I woke up, eventually I fell back asleep and continued the dream. It seems we vaguely found a warehouse on that end of the bridge that had containers, large metal containers and some had blood on them, but we never found any people or any trail of evidence.
I created my own mental image in the dream of what it could have been, thinking of maybe a steel box of some sort connected directly under the bridge.
The dream continued to a point of me ditching my old car on that side of 164 (right after the bridge), after some time we left it there. I went back a day later and it was filled with debris as if animals were in there and the trunk was open, it seems as if I drove back to another location but I still had my new car.
The dream nears an end with myself in my new car and my friend in his. I was going to go to the bar, but wanted to go alone, so I changed directions of where I was going in the neighborhood. The dream ends with me at a bar with some other people.
Neofolk may be one genre that Lou Reed seems like an overlooked influence, but one cannot ignore it.
After Reed’s passing Douglas posted his praises for him in the Death in June Yahoo group, also mentioning his favorite solo albums are Berlin, Transformer, and Coney Island Baby (in that order.)
This is no surprise if one pays attention to Death in June’s style and the style of others in European neofolk that have emulated what Death in June started. Lou Reed’s very simplistic and monotone vocal style seems apparent in both of Boyd Rice’s and Douglas Pearce’s work. Along with Reed’s experimental nature with The Velvet Underground and his solo career (Metal Machine Music an obvious example), he doesn’t stay pinned to one formula. Songs like “Perfect Day” and “Satellite of Love” have a very neofolk feel to them aside from their piano instrumentation (which is no barricade to the likes of David Tibet/Current 93 either.) For the entirety of the Berlin album Reed only played acoustic guitar on a few tracks, with the song “Lady Day” serving as a good example of an intense build up and finish that’s reminiscent on Death in June’s Take Care & Control album. On the other hand “The Bed” is a slow and darker acoustic track with the last minute ending in ambient vocal noise. Boyd Rice sampled the main riff from “I’m So Free" off of Transformer for his song “Sunset Strip SS" that’s on the Giddle & Boyd EP titled Going Steady with Peggy Moffitt.
If you were unaware of Reed’s influence, now you know.
Myths reflect an age and culture, and people in the modern world feel we have no myths of our own; that we must see the bigger picture, the global myth (see The Power of Myth). I think the myths are correct as they are, but must be interpreted in regards to the age we are in now. Some myths are more timeless, such as Odin’s sacrifice for knowledge or Týr’s sacrifice in regards to what is seen as what’s right or just. All the same the creation myth could be seen as akin to the Big Bang theory, and Thor and Mjölnir with electricity and technology, the hammer itself being a staple in the technological advancement of a culture or civilization. This view does not negate any worldview associated with these myths, and they myths are intact for a contemporary generation. I think this is vital to look forward with myth and external outlooks such as science, that the two can coincide. If one is to only associate myths with more subjective and mystic aspects (especially those less concerned with a reconstructionist model), they surely will not last in the modern age.