Sweet Dreams…

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.

Also, every month I send out a newsletter packed with Interesting and Exclusive Things.  If you sign up today you’ll also get 3 FREE tracks of my music as a welcome gift.

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84 Replies to “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. 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..


  5. What a beautiful post, and I love the sentiment of dreams coming true by accident. Maybe as I have speculated, many things are out of our control, and what is meant to be, will be… as you have discovered? Well done


    1. Hey there, Steph,

      Thanks so much, I am really glad you liked it – that means a lot to me.
      I love your description of the trailer. ;-)
      Have a great day, and keep up the good work on the blog,

      – J


  6. I agree with Christian, its seems that you brought your dream to life by focusing on your vision.

    I can relate to #3. When I follow my heart my life seems to take unexpected turns – that result in beautiful synchronicities that I could not duplicate even if I tried. :)


    1. Christian is indeed a wise man. ;-)
      Following your heart is key, I think. And I also enjoy ‘beautiful synchronicities’, as you say. Well put!
      Hope your day is going really well,
      – J


  7. First time visit and I love the way you write!! And this was incredible!! I feel a bit like you, sometimes I stand openmouthed, thinking ‘what happened there?’ as my carcrash life takes another bizarre twist! How delicious to have one of your dreams blossom!! I really DON’T wish that for a few of mine!! :D


  8. James, thank you for stopping by my blog and bringing my attention to yours. I love your story of how your CD came to be. I have watched your youtube video. I am hooked :) You have another faithful follower.


    1. It makes me very happy to hear that. ;-)
      Thanks so much for stopping by, and for taking the time to leave such a lovely comment – it is much appreciated.
      I hope you are having a great day,
      – J


  9. Great stuff James – but you ascribe too much influence to my intervention. If your work has value – and it has – and if it needs to be heard it will make its own way into the world, one way or another, almost without human help. And guess what? Dreams can be fulfilled. I’m greatly looking forward to receiving my copy. Tony.


    1. You were like the pebble that started the landslide my friend.
      CD is winging it’s way to your good self as we speak. ;-)
      I hope many people discover X-Ray art thru you,
      and I hope you’re having a great day,
      – J


  10. I kinda sorta got
    Lost In thought , almost 2am n I’m reading blogs! Urs to be exact , I’m pretty sure I’m awake whilst doing so!! Oh yes the blog, I loved it!!


  11. I had a dream that seemed to come true, so that I wasn’t sure if it was a dream or if I was experiencing an out of body experience. It wasn’t a pleasant thing that happened so I won’t post it here, but I just wanted to say that I agree because I know it’s true.


    1. I am not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing.
      If it wasn’t pleasant then I am sorry for whatever unpleasantness you went thru.
      But I thankyou for stopping by, and I wish you well.
      – J


  12. Sweet! I guess that’s the best i can come up with. Good for you, and Tony’s X-Ray art is cool. Keep strumming, and come up with a few more dreams… you never know. The Video, the CD, of course the songs may they continue to roll along.
    Take care


    1. Thankyou very much sir, it is appreciated, muchly.
      I am glad that you liked it. Tony’s art is crazy cool right?
      I think it’s the first time I’ve ever heard of X-Ray art.
      Thanks for the good wishes,
      – J


  13. hey dreamcatcher, great to read how this turned out! I wish you all the best with all your following conscious and subconscious dreams and am 100% sure, you and your tribe and the universe will do all they can to make them come true ;-)


  14. I just so freaking love this post!! Thank you for always sharing so honestly and eloquently, dear James ;) You are ever an artist’s inspiration.

    Wishing you so much peace and joy ~



  15. Congratulations James :-D
    I hope that you will sell a lot so you will need to create more :-)
    I have in mind to buy one of your CD’s too, I have the first at my PC, and give the CD away as a gift. Is it possible, that you will send it for me directly? Otherwise I will need to send it after the receiving.


    1. Of course I will send it for you directly.
      When you buy the CD and it asks if you want to include a message to me, just type out the address you would like it sent to.
      Thankyou so much! You are awesome. ;-)
      Hope you are having a great day,
      – J


  16. Thank you so very much for this posting.. the sharing of your dream come true was sweet and is giving me inspiration to continue to ‘hold’ my own dreams in my heart while still allowing them to fly! Much JOY to you and love from my creative heart to YOURS!


    1. It would seem so.
      It is pretty cool – AND somewhat bemusing if I’m honest. ;-)
      I was actually focusing on something totally different when it happened.
      Nice to chat to you, thanks for the good wishes,
      – J


  17. I agree that the power of thought can be something truly spectacular, I’m pleased for you that your dream has become reality. Congratulations! :)
    Enjoy your Sunday.


  18. What I’m reading here is that *you* manifested this event, whether consciously or not. When we are clear-eyed, full of heart, and passionate, our visions become reality. You are truly amazing, my friend.


  19. What I’m reading here isn’t that your dream came true of its own accord, but that the vision within you was so pure and so strong, *you* manifested it unconsciously. That’s the beauty of the human spirit. Be real, be clear-eyed, and be full-hearted. That’s you, my friend.


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