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Making a Musical Instrument

Morning of November 19, 2014. Wednesday.

There is not much clarity in this dream. It involves constructing some sort of xylophone-like musical instrument out of mostly cardboard of at least two different thicknesses. First, it seems vaguely like putting pages of a book together, perhaps a larger board book (of the kind for very young children). The concept involves strips that are attached over a larger rectangular piece. The end of each strip has a square hole and each strip is a slightly different length to supposedly produce a different pitch when tapped, similar to the science experiment (such as in primary school) with the ruler - where you "pluck" the ruler that is held over the edge of a desk.

It does not seem that successful of an endeavor and there are at least two "resets". One project ends up with the strips being of random lengths along the side, by which the musical scale would then not be in any coherent order. I do not really see this as a symbolic outcome in any significant way, as the reasoning skills of the mind (in typical dream types) do not work during the dream state for the most part. I have rarely seen musical instruments work correctly or realistically in dreams (or anything else for that matter - it is just the way dreams are). This includes the dreams where I was playing a seemingly broken guitar and the sound of an entire band came out of it in a very enjoyable and "perfect" way.

Even though it is not relevant to a xylophone, this may be little more than a play on "reed instrument" vs. "read instrument (book)". This is because the cardboard pieces remind me vaguely of accordion reeds that I used to work with many years ago. It may relate to finding "music" in the way words are arranged in sentences or perhaps poetry.

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