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Dream a Little Dream

January 11, 2013

My friend and inspiration, the comedian & musician Greg Behrendt (@gregbehrendt on Twitter) has always been someone I admired. I used to skip Chemistry class as an undergrad in order to watch his stand up specials on Comedy Central (don't worry, I passed and took 2 more years of Chem). Beyond his original voice and his incredibly spot-on sense of humor which I enjoyed a great deal, he seemed very relatable. very much a guy next door finding humor in everyday life. This was in the mid 90's and I had free cable and my own room for the first time in my life. Both were exhilarating!

Fast forward a few years: Greg goes to work on the set of "Sex and the City" and co-writes a book that a few people seem to enjoy called "He's Just Not That Into You", which gets made into a movie. He goes on Oprah, gets a talk show, and slowly stops doing what he loves. He fell off my radar for awhile, what with school and starting my first job, going back to school, and starting my career as a doctor.

Then, one day, I was listening to a local podcast, The Marty Riemer Show, that was broadcasting interviews from Bumbershoot. Marty & Jodi Brothers were talking to comedians. I'm a comedy nerd. I listened every day and heard Greg, Marc Maron, Jimmy Pardo, and others, all with their own podcasts. Greg was as charming as ever and talked about a little podcast project he was working on with his best friend, Dave Anthony, called Walking The Room. A warning: this podcast is both charming and vile. Definitely not safe for work and definitely full of gems that have actually made me fall down when listening to it on my lunchtime walks. Greg enjoys a short pant, a cardigan, and designing clothes. Somewhere in there, he began taking guitar lessons from a friend, Mike Eisenstein (formerly of Letters To Cleo, on Twitter as @USAMike). They formed a band.

Because of the podcast, I eventually got the opportunity to see Greg perform live and to meet him. As awesome as it was to do that, it was even cooler to find out that he was even more excited to meet me! We've hung out together at various podcast-related events and correspond on occasion. And he is the most encouraging person I know, bar none. As busy as he is, he always takes time to support his friends who are just starting out, or trying a new side-project. He's just good people.

So, this year, he had a bit of a mid-life crisis (which means he'll have to live to 100), had some emotional ups and downs. And he hasn't been shy about getting some help for this and talking about it. In fact, in speaking about it on his podcast, he's inspired a few of my friends around the world to seek therapy as well, which has been life- changing, even life-saving, for them. 

And what came of his therapy? This dream: to take his band, The Reigning Monarchs and, over the course of this year, create a second LP, promote the album, tour the U.S. and film it all for a documentary about "old men living their dreams". Funding is all that stands in the way. For awhile. 

The band started an IndieGoGo fundraising campaign and Greg put the word out to his fans and friends. The word spread. Their goal was $10,000 to record an album. Fans, friends, and family donated, tweeted about it, posted on Facebook and Google Plus. Everyone seemed invested in making someone else's dream come true. But, very specifically, the dream of a certain someone else who has supported them each individually with words of encouragement, enthusiasm, occasionally with connections to other folks who can help, and with an honest belief in them and their dreams, an honest concern for them and their lives.

Tonight, with 8 hours left in the fundraising, they have raised almost $26,000. They will use this money to create and produce the album, hire a publicist to promote it and book their tour, pay for tour travel expenses, and begin filming the documentary. And the day ain't over yet. 


These Dreams of You.. So Real and So True

June 22, 2009

So dreams have been on my mind a lot lately. I've been wondering what they are, where they come from, and what it means to dream lucidly, dream walk, or have precognitive dreams. Maybe it means you've tapped in to part of the 96% of our brains most humans don't use. Maybe you're connecting spiritually with something bigger than yourself, connecting with another layer in the universe or another reality with just as much truth to it as our waking reality. Maybe you're just crazy. Who's to say, really?

Have you ever noticed the synchronicity that happens when you buy a new car? Suddenly all you see are the cars around you that other people bought that are just like yours. It seems that the more vivid my dreams become, the more I hear about other people who are interested in exploring the meaning behind their dreams, are enrolled in dream "schools" or just believe that our dreams are another way to connect rather than just a random firing of neurons in the brain. As skeptical as I am, there are some things I can't always explain about dreams and other experiences I've had. I prefer to lump them under the heading of "things to be explained later, when we have better science" than "paranormal" or, heaven forbid, "crazy". And most of them are quite enjoyable- visiting with relatives and friends who are out of contact, either because of physical distance or because they've passed away.

How do you react when you have a vivid dream? Dream about something that later occurs in your waking life? What do you say when friends or patients tell you their dreams and ask for your advice or interpretation? Something I learned recently from a mentor was the importance of framing your response. For example, saying "if it were my dream..." or some other non-judgmental way of offering an interpretation that doesn't necessarily lend credence to the idea of dreams being real, but still might offer the dreamer some suggestions of topics to consider when they evaluate their own dreams. If they talk about having precognitive dreams, have them keep a journal by the bed and record their vivid dreams upon waking and also journal when the tied-in event happens in real life. This will reduce two common errors: thinking the dream occurred before the event when it actually occurred afterward and retroactively making the events and details in the dream match real life.

So, I'm curious. Do you remember your dreams? How do they affect your daily life? Do you share them with others? What do you say to people who share their dreams with you?