Posted by: docdenbow | March 16, 2013

Dreams Are Nothing More Than Wishes – I Am A Cult

“Dreams are nothing more than wishes
And a wish is just a dream you wish to come true”

Harry Nilsson wrote those two lines, they’re lyrics from “The Puppy Song” and if like me, you spend a fair amount of time with your head in the clouds (or up your own ass depending on which way you look at it) as I think I do, then there comes a point where your dreams and wishes can come true. You just need to follow them.

Case in point, I’ve always fancied myself as a writer, so I started this blog. A few people have read what I’ve written (they can’t all be spambots can they??), so in a sense I am a writer – just one who isn’t very well known or that widely read.

I guess I am what is known as a bit of a cult.

Cult, that’s “C-U-L-T” Ok, got it? Stop sniggering at the back.

So when I don’t struggle to get words to the page, as I have done for the last few weeks unless I have been writing about the Wolves. When I have been doing that I’m mainly writing to a captive audience.

Sticking links into Wolves’ Forums to get my stuff, becoming obsessed with the number of hits and massaging my own ego. Why? Why? Why don’t I just write, bung a link on Facebook, give it a couple of plugs on Twitter and move on? If the stuff is meant to be read it will be read.

A stat whore no more. Honest.

I have been writing about what I see going on in the news or on the TV. The problem is I have lost confidence in myself when it comes to expressing opinions about the great wide world out there. Who gives a  flying rude word beginning with F what I think anyway? I’m just a nobody, an insignificant 54 year year old in the grand scheme of things. I don’t want to be accused of regurgitating someone else’s ideas and writings. Charlie Brooker I’m not, so trying to ape his style, cynicism and caustic wit is an insult to both him and me. I need to find my own voice, my own style of writing that it not based on someone else. Try to write in a different way, look at things from a different angle if you like.

Coming back to the couplet at the start of this post, I have unfulfilled dreams and wishes and I want to make them come true. As a famous hard rock band once put it –

“There are three sides to every story, yours, mine and the truth.”

For the purposes of what I am going to undertake next, it’s only the middle one that concerns me. I’m going to do something that you may think is dreadful, it may well be dreadful, but if I enjoy it and enjoy the process, then it’s my truth is what is the most important here and all I care about. As I’ve already said I’m 54. I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember. I thought The Hollies’ “I’m Alive” was great (1965). Someone bought me both “Diamonds” and “Scarlett O’Hara” from Radio Supplies in Bilston (or were they handed down to me by big brother when he moved on to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who??) when I was about 5 or 6 and more or less even since I’ve bought records CDs, downloaded MP3s and suchlike.

I’ve got three guitars, an effects pedal board, two amps and bugger all in the way of talent. However, as pointed out by my friend Syd, it’s never stopped him. Syd Howells is a Welsh musician, artist and poet. He specialises in lo-fi music and has released approximately 50 CDs and tapes. So if sonic Syd can do it then so can I. With that in mind I have bought myself a Zoom MRS-8 home studio. So with 8 tracks of Digital Joy to work with I can hopefully camouflage my lack of musical technique whilst creating aesthetically pleasing audio soundscapes. Or to put it another way use every trick in the book to make it sound like I know what I’m doing.

So the next stage in Doc Denbow’s plan for world domination is gradually falling into place. A single will preface the album (!) and I’ll have the time of my life trying to figure out how this bloody Zoom contraption actually works and actually enjoy playing with one talented muso – for the Zoom has an inbuilt drum machine.

More to follow and remember that…….

“Dreams are nothing more than wishes
And a wish is just a dream you wish to come true”

Ciao For Now




  1. You do have your own style of writing when you are writing from the heart and talking about life and loves. Keep doing it! Good luck with the music too. Its good to try new things and do the things you’ve always wanted to. Best of luck!

    • The results will be *interesting* as my guitar playing abilities are *limited*

      But I have one or two ideas in my head.

      Going to post some shots of my guitars and other gear and share my trials doing this…..

      • You know I wish you well and support any creative endeavor mate. It can only be good! Creativity always is. 🙂

  2. Thanks Doc for your creative writing and good luck wi the Zoom 8track. I did use a Boss 8track for a while but it drove me crazy, twirling the cursor knob to find effects, settings, track lengths, bouncing, mix-downs, red lights and green lights etc. etc.. I reverted to using PC software (Adobe Audition & Reason4) because at least I could see what was happening along a timeline… Just keep doing what you do and ‘don’t give up on me baby’. Looking fwd to hearing what you come up with

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