The Dream World of Dion McGregor (He Talks in His Sleep)

By Dion McGregor

Midnight Rambling: One person’s sleepwalk is another’s collectible recording, Tin House, summer 2011 (print only); reprinted in Utne Reader, Nov.-Dec. 2011

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In the early 1990s, I heard a curious audiocassette that was shared among my musician friends in San Francisco. It contained recordings of a man called Dion (rhymes with lyin’) McGregor, who talked vociferously in his sleep. The 10 dream recordings were not the yelps of someone waking in fear, though those sounds existed, too. The dreams spun out bizarre stories that entered my brain as music, with their repetition, rhythm, and Tourette-like utterances.