Having been getting into the work of Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve recently, I was interested to find the original source of music behind ‘Sunday Morning Sun-g’ only to find it surprisingly difficult to track down. The answer, however, is a segment of Bill Holt’s surprisingly overlooked cult-classic ‘Dreamies’.
Released in 1973, ‘Dreamies’ was the result of all of Holt’s ten-year-deterred artistic ambitions. Inspired by the Beatles’ ‘Revolution No. 9’, the LP is a sonic collage in a two-part ‘program’, each of which is essentially based on one continuously cascading song threaded with carefully placed sound bites. A brilliantly conceived statement, ‘Dreamies’ never made the impact it should have and was subsequently consigned to the world of vinyl obscurity and became a collector’s item, suffering the fate of many other masterpieces from that era.
Having been re-released to CD (and presumably now, mp3), ‘Dreamies’ is finding a new audience all over again. I stream here a segment from the above mentioned ‘program’ along with some of the lyrics and a link to Bill Holt’s website, in the hope that the next time someone sets out to find it, it won’t be so difficult.
Standin’ by the canyon with my hands in my pocket and my head holdin’ high to the sky,
Listen to the rhyhm of the canyon as it calls you, can you hear the canyon call with a sigh?
I still have my life
Somethin’s wrong inside, it’s just that…
Sunday morning song
Flashing in my eyes for all to see.
Sunday morning song,
Take me off to sleep and I’ll be free.