Some of my dreams are world-sized.

Rushing, in sound.  Epic, in scope.  Grand, in design, and ferociously widescreen.  Some are truly audacious in their magnitude.  Some are irresistible.  Some seem to have lives of their own.  Some will not be denied.

Other of my dreams are very small.  Delicate and gossamer; some, are as fragile as a butterfly’s wing.  I keep these in a small wooden box, very close to my heart.

This week, one of these small, precious dreams snuck out of the box and made itself real in the world…


Yesterday I released a physical version of my album.  It is quite pretty, and can be found: here.

But this is not the dream I was referring to.

Ever since I can remember, I have imagined:  sitting around a table with people I love; each of us sliding CD’s of my music into padded envelopes, ready to be sent out into the world.  In my minds eye the scene is rendered with a perfect golden light, suffused with a quiet homely happiness, and framed by a perpetual soundtrack of rolling easy conversation, and ready laughter.

That is the dream to which I refer.

What is truly interesting about this is not the fact that it came true this week, but rather how it came true.  This small dream innocuously slid into being; without plan, without effort, and almost completely inadvertently of me.  In all honesty, I don’t really know how it happened.  The only thing I do know, is how it began.

It began, with Tony.

Tony Lamont is a radiologist who lives in Townsville, Australia who makes art with X-rays.  All of these things are true.  We connected a few months ago on the comment boards of the blog.  We talked a little, then two weeks ago he began asking for a CD of my music.

I sent an email back to him saying that, because the album was only available as a digital download, the best I could offer was: I could burn a disc, print the artwork myself, assemble it by hand, then post him the (fully homemade) result.  At which point Tony promptly laid down his cash and sent me an email telling me how much he was looking forward to receiving his CD.

Over the next week, I mocked up a physical version of my album in a bunch of different ways.  None of which seemed right to me.  Almost as an afterthought, I started looking into having a run of CD’s professionally manufactured.

Then I sent some emails.

And, on one very rainy Thursday morning, found myself standing in my front room amongst a pile of freshly delivered boxes holding a CD thinking to myself: ‘OK…What just happened?’.

It went on sale yesterday.  Orders started to come in.  Which is why, last night I found myself sitting round a table, with people I love, sliding my CD’s into envelopes ready to be sent out to listeners.  While we talked.

And laughed.

Which all goes to show that:

#1 Dreams can totally come true.  And sometimes they come true by accident.

#2 If you want something that doesn’t exist: ask for it anyway, because the asking might be the thing that makes it happen, and

#3 That, ostensibly, I have almost zero say in my life. ;-)

(Note: That last one is mostly a Joke.  But also probably true, on some kind of quantum level.)

Something to be Aware of: The reason that it says ‘Limited Edition‘ in the store description is because I am honestly not sure how many runs I will do.  This may be the only one.  This is not some bullshit marketing ploy, it is simply the truth.  It all depends on which format paying listeners prefer.  If there is a demand for these and I end up making more, I’m going to change the artwork up a little bit from one run to the next, (so you’ll be able to tell whether you have a CD from the 1st generation, 2nd generation or whatever).

I wish you well.  ‘Till next time,

Adios Comrades.


P.S.  If you are at all interested in meeting Tony (or ‘The Man Behind The CD’, as I like to call him), or in seeing his X-Ray art, then here, is his website.

My name is James Radcliffe and I am a 100% audience supported independent artist.  If you like what I do (and can afford it) then please consider buying some of my music.  Each purchase really makes a big difference to me and 10% of every sale goes to a charity which: houses, feeds, clothes, and educates orphaned children in Nepal.

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84 thoughts on “ Sweet Dreams… ”

  1. Nice writing, its like listening to a song carefuly, very melodiously. (And I suspect this probably made more sense in norwegian, sorry)


  2. James,

    You have a beautiful writing voice. I haven’t heard your music, but as a writer myself reading your blog and seeing the way you use language has sold me! So I will be having a listen very soon. You have a beautiful spirit and I found it so moving to hear about the importance you have found in your smallest dreams. It choked me up to see that put into words. Sometimes the smallest dreams truly are the biggest or at least, the ones we will remember coming true. I have never liked the terms ‘down to earth’ but left wordless by your post, I find myself having to use it. It is just so real and heart warming that as your album comes out your thinking about the people you love and the memories that will truly count.


    1. I find these words to be very heartfelt. This really meant a lot to me.
      I agree, sometimes the smallest dreams can be the most important, and these are the ones that we remember.
      You are beautiful, and you write beautifully. Thanks. ;-)
      – J


  3. Your music and voice are unique and go to the soul level, like nothing I’ve ever heard. Such lovely talk of dreams and such an inspiring testimony to their power. You living your art compels me to strive to live mine. It takes such courage and heart to go through the process you’ve gone through. ‘Well done, you.’ :)


    1. I really love this comment, Thankyou so, so much.
      It makes me happy to hear that you got something from the music and the post. You have made me smile.
      Have a great day,
      – J


    1. Wow, I have no idea…I certainly don’t want to think that that’s true. ;-)
      The nearest thing I have to an answer is to say that: I do believe that there is a kind of voice inside all of us that tells us when we are about to do something that will not end well, and that if unheeded we can go to dark places…but nightmares…not sure.
      What do you think?
      (and Thanks for the compliment by the way.)


          1. I believe dreams can also let us access the realities that exist beyond our natural perception
            I dream in multicolor, multidimensional and sometimes dark, sometimes too bright…..
            It really is fun to disassemble which belongs to which………… :P


  4. Glad I ran into you through Good Men Project and glad you ventured onto my blog so I could venture on here and read this wonderful piece.. someone once said something like ‘destiny is a beautiful tapestry gently held together by loving hands’.

    So happy for you and thank you for sharing you with us..


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