How are you? Are you still tracking your dreams?
Here is some good news for you: dreams seem to have a crucial role in improving individual creativity.
Throughout history, many artists in different fields have been ispired by dreams.
For example, who is not familiar with “Yesterday” sung by Paul McCartney, one of the most popular songs in the history of music. It was written by Paul McCartney after a dream. In a famous interview he declared, “I have no idea how I wrote that. I just woke up one morning and it was in my head.”
Have you ever felt the same way? Have you ever woken up with a newly-hatched idea in your mind?
Another milestone in the history of music, “Satisfaction”, came to Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones’ guitarist, during a dream after a concert on June 5, 1965.
Literature is full of references dreams. Consider, for example, one of Shakespeare’s masterpieces, “A midsummer night dream” where the entire story takes place in a sort of dreamy atmosphere where everything seems possibile. Isn’t this just like our dreams?
Consider also something completely different and far more terrifying like “Frankestein” by Mary Shelley. The young writer, just 18 years old, was haunted by a scary conversation between Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelly and she saw “the pale student of unhallowed arts” (as she herself said) in her dreams the following night.
But also in contemporary literature there are many examples of authors being inspired by dreams. “The Twilight Saga”, for example, was born from a dream of Stefanie Myer in which she saw a young woman and a vampire falling in love despite a great number of difficulties.
A lot of artistists, both painters and sculptors, transferred scenes from their dreams into their works.
Man Ray, the American modernist artist who gave decisive input to Dadaism and Surrealism, used to say, “I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive.”
The most famous painter inspired by dreams was of course Salvador Dalí, from Spain. Everything in his works seems to be derived from oneiric visions, suspended in time and space.
What about you? Have you ever been creatively inspired by your dreams?