Still Dreaming......

 

These were my first ever 'publicity' shots. Taken sometime during the summer of 1975, when I was just 20 years old. I had joined up with Mike Clark under the name “Seed” and we were about to embark on life as full-time musicians with Bristol Youth for Christ in the UK.  

Four years previously, I had begun to dream of becoming a professional singer/songwriter, touring the country, playing concerts and making 'records'. I had spent the remainder of my teenage years, taking every opportunity to perform in front of any audience. I played street corners, churches, colleges, prisons and bars. Anywhere that I could hone my craft as a performer. 

Now finally, all the hard work was paying off. I was seeing the dream fulfilled. The start of a new adventure. 

Back then, I did not realise the power of a dream and where it can take someone. Sometimes we can dream too small..... 

More dreams were coming. Each one a stepping stone to the next stop on the journey. Each one just a little crazier than the previous one. 

As a fresh faced 20 year old, I could not have imagined where those dreams would take me. That I would perform in more than 40 countries and play venues as diverse as sitting rooms and stadiums and everything in between. 

Right now, our lives are on hold, as we struggle through this pandemic. But this season will pass. 

No matter how young or old we are, let's keep dreaming our crazy dreams. However impossible they may seem. Let's remember the dreams we may have carried for many years, that are as yet unfulfilled. 

If God has whispered them into our hearts, the promise is as valuable as the fulfillment.

5 comments

  • Wayne Drain
    Wayne Drain U.S.A.
    Love your sentiment my friend. Yes, let's keep dreaming!

    Love your sentiment my friend. Yes, let's keep dreaming!

  • Guido Kuwad
    Guido Kuwad Houghton le Spring, UK
    Fantastic, well said. Loved it!!

    Fantastic, well said. Loved it!!

  • Rob Furber
    Rob Furber SAWBRIDGEWORTH
    I’m in ‘Home Counties North’ NOW. -THEN I lived just south of EBBW VALE but I wasn’t to meet you in person until we got to Lincoln and a weekend Chris Bowater was running. Chris has exalted us to never let our dreams become other people’s nightmares. You two ‘adjusted’ my ‘dreams’ that weekend away from possible nightmares for others ( incl my wife ) and they’re beginning to be fulfilled now. You told a tale then that blew my mind ( then ) about a ‘prophet’ in the faith who was walking around with a prophecy written down in his top pocket for ( by then ) TEN years but the prophet had not yet met the person it applied to. These days such things are ‘well God IS like that isn’t HE ‘ but then............. You’ve inspired me ( and my wife ) and initiated many dreams yourself. Keep trucking

    I’m in ‘Home Counties North’ NOW. -THEN I lived just south of EBBW VALE but I wasn’t to meet you in person until we got to Lincoln and a weekend Chris Bowater was running.
    Chris has exalted us to never let our dreams become other people’s nightmares.
    You two ‘adjusted’ my ‘dreams’ that weekend away from possible nightmares for others ( incl my wife ) and they’re beginning to be fulfilled now.

    You told a tale then that blew my mind ( then ) about a ‘prophet’ in the faith who was walking around with a prophecy written down in his top pocket for ( by then ) TEN years but the prophet had not yet met the person it applied to. These days such things are ‘well God IS like that isn’t HE ‘ but then.............

    You’ve inspired me ( and my wife ) and initiated many dreams yourself.
    Keep trucking

  • Noel Richards
    Noel Richards
    Hi Wayne, Guido & Rob, Many thanks for your encouraging comments and for taking the time to write. Much appreciated, Noel

    Hi Wayne, Guido & Rob,
    Many thanks for your encouraging comments and for taking the time to write.
    Much appreciated,

    Noel

  • Gareth Rose
    Gareth Rose Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    Yes I remember those days very well in the heads of the valleys as young born again kids starting off with a few guitars doings small gigs in coffee bars and Friday night youth meetings from Ponty to Merthyr! Our band " Trinity" with John Galozzi from Elim were so inspired by you Noel and are so thankful for those wonderful memories sharing the good news through our songs and testimonies. God bless you and Tris for what God is still doing in these challenging days!

    Yes I remember those days very well in the heads of the valleys as young born again kids starting off with a few guitars doings small gigs in coffee bars and Friday night youth meetings from Ponty to Merthyr! Our band " Trinity" with John Galozzi from Elim were so inspired by you Noel and are so thankful for those wonderful memories sharing the good news through our songs and testimonies.
    God bless you and Tris for what God is still doing in these challenging days!

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