I love getting voice notes. I love scurrying to a corner, or outside whatever noisy space I’m in, sticking my earphones in and listening to a voice carry a message over to me. It’s intimate and special and the difference between voice notes and real-time conversations is the lack of interruptions and awkward pauses – the person is able to complete a thought and relay it and you’re able to take it all in before sending a reply. It’s more intentional.
My friend, Des, and I like voice notes and there are so many random topics that we bat between us everyday – so we had this idea to send out the same question/topic to a couple of our friends and have them reply us via voice notes.
Today’s topic is about the weirdest dream you can remember. There are some funny ones, some scary ones and a few WTF ones. It’s all random. It is by no way at professional quality, just a little experimental project between friends.
In her interview with The Paris Review, Elena Ferrantet said this when she was asked if she writes down her dreams:
It’s an exercise that I would recommend to everyone. To subject a dream experience to the logic of the waking state is an extreme test of writing. You can never reproduce a dream exactly. It’s a losing battle. But putting into words the truth of a gesture, a feeling, a flow of events, without domesticating it, is also an operation that’s not as simple as you might think.
So the dream might never be completely accurate but there is an emotional state of the dream that is usually conveyed.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we did putting it together.
What’s the weirdest dream you’ve ever had?
(And if you might be interested in sending a voice note for a topic – if we start to throw it out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Voice Note’ as the heading so we note your email.)