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.
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,
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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