I have this recurring dream. Seriously, I do; it happens about every couple weeks. I’m on stage somewhere, and at the downbeat of the first song, I realize that I forgot to set up my rig. I’m either on stage with nothing, just standing up there like…what do they call those jerks who don’t have to set anything up…oh, ya!…vocalists. (Just kidding, but again…only a little 😉 ), or I’ve got half my rig, or I’ve got a guitar but no amp, or some combination of those. And it’s really, really scary. Like the time when I was five and I the skeleton in the haunted tree laughed at me on the commercial for the halloween fruit snacks, and then I had a dream that I was playing count to 200 while riding circles on my bike and the skeleton was on my porch. This dream is just as scary; I’m just a little older now…so instead of being afraid of things that actually are kinda scary (skeletons are scary, right?), I’m now more afraid of public embarrassment. Hmm…maybe the kids are actually on to something.
It can be at any place, too. Sometimes I’m playing with one of my old bands, sometimes a nameless worship team, sometimes friends who don’t even play instruments, and, at times, it has been Moby, Plankeye, and U2. Yep. I said Plankeye. I don’t know why I have dreams about famous people. One time I dreamt that Bono and I were at the zoo, and then Sting started yelling ‘Bono! Bono!’ and running up to us. Then Bono said, ‘Great. Now he’s gonna want to hang out with us all day.’ It’d be way better if I were making this stuff up. I’m not.
So if you have actual nightmares about not setting up your gear in time for the set, you might have too much gear. haha Wait, ‘too much gear’?! hehe Sorry, I say crazy things sometimes.