For most of my life, I rarely remembered my dreams. But over the past several years that has changed, so I get treated to nocturnal shows like last night.
The details are hazy, but it involved cereal icon Cap’n Crunch and a talking pig wearing a sweater. The two were in the mariner’s apartment discussing his missing dog when the place went up in flames.
I think everyone got out safely, but there was something suspicious about that pig and I wouldn’t rule out arson.
The dream also made me think of an album title by REO Speedwagon – The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog And A Chicken.
Growing up in the Midwest, REO Speedwagon was a radio fixture and never more so than in 1980 when they released the album Hi Infidelity. The songs from that record sounded great on radio (which is fortunate, as they were always playing) and the band was a favorite to most of us in my junior high school.
Had music videos been common, the images of the band’s perms and suspenders (didn’t Kevin Cronin wear suspenders?) might have made us rethink things – then again, quite possibly not.
Ten years later, as I was nearing college graduation, the record store where I worked received a couple of copies of REO’s The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog And A Chicken.
I was immersed in band’s like R.E.M. not REO, whom I hadn’t listened to for years. The album title, though, made an impression (even if I don’t think I ever heard the music).
Several years later, I was working in another, much larger record store. For most acts, we carried at least a token copy of the titles in their catalog. On slow mornings, the Drunken Frenchman and I would browse through the bins, discussing various artists and albums.
One morning, there it was – The Earth, A Small Man, His Dog And A Chicken. The Frenchman was no fan of the band, but it became a recurring subject for us.
“It’s one of the most truthful album titles ever.”
“That man, though a bit portly, is, indeed, small.”
“There’s the Earth.”
“There is a dog and, here, a chicken.”
“Man that dog looks miserable.”
R.E.M. might well have been playing over the speakers in the store (it would have been around the time of New Adventures In Hi-Fi.
“Why is Sebastian Cabot on the cover?”
(this post is sans music as the original post got zapped)