The other night I woke up around 3 a.m. That’s not my favorite time. It’s when all the negativity settles in my brain and makes me bat shit crazy but this time it wasn’t my own neurosis that woke me up.
I heard or rather felt a thumping bass. It was like having the car in front of you with their music turned up so the international space station can hear it. As I became more awake I was sure I heard voices. Singing voices.
Was this the pearly gates? Had I kicked the bucket? Do they play this kind of music in heaven? I was expecting harps.
It was more likely the TV turned itself on. That happened once and we don’t know why. I could always feign fear and wake up the beloved husband blissfully snoring. That wouldn’t be nice as he has a lot of trouble sleeping and 3 a.m. isn’t a good time for him either.
I got up and went downstairs to check the TV. It’s not on. Then I started to check appliances. In my fog I seemed to remember the radio waves can come through stuff. It wasn’t in my teeth either. I listened outside in the back yard and it wasn’t there.
We get sounds from park concerts and fireworks but it was 3 a.m. What kind of concert (which are banned) would be going on at 3 a.m.?
Finally the beloved husband woke up. I knew he eventually would because he’s a much lighter sleeper than I am. Normally I sleep through storms and hurricanes. My mother always thought I could sleep through a war but fortunately we never tested that theory.
He heard the noise too. Loud music noise with vocals. He got up and did the exact same thing I did. We concluded it wasn’t anything in or around our house and we didn’t have any control. We turned on the white noise machine and tried to go back to sleep. It was difficult as the music noise was louder than the white noise.
It went on for about a half hour and then it abruptly stopped. I’m convinced another neighbor had called the police who had found the source and stopped it.
We’ll never know what it was but my best guess was that it was a car on a nearby street sitting in a driveway grooving. Either that or there was a party of rogues in the park about two blocks from me.
I never did get back to sleep. Next time (if there is a next time) I’d like to pick the sound track. If I’m going to be awake I want to get my groove on. Maybe a little Electric Slide or Uptown Funk or I Got a Feeling! (The best part on the video below starts at 30 seconds.)