3 Year Anniversary of Dreams of Fire

3 years ago today I released my very first album “Dreams of Fire”. I decided to have a wee listen to it this morning and I can’t believe how much my music has evolved and grown from that time.
I ended up selling 500 signed albums to people all over the world which is incredible and goodness knows how many digital copies on iTunes etc. I mean yeah, I do find it hard to listen to my first album without being deeply critical but I’m still very proud of what I’ve achieved.
Dreams of Fire laid the foundations of what I would become and without it, I wouldn’t be here. Thank you so much to everyone who bought the album and who have stuck by me ever since. I love you guys.
It would mean a lot to me to read some of your memories of my first album and what your favourite tracks were?

  1. Paul McCormick November 6, 2016 at 3:45 am

    Karliene: I first heard your music 6 months ago and I was instantly addicted. I immediately set about getting all your music. I ordered a signed copy of “Dreams of Fire” and, for some reason, resolved not to listen to any songs from the album on iTunes before I got my CD. However, I listened to (and loved) both “Let it end” and “For the man I loved” before I realized they were on the album.

    When the CD arrived with your signature on it, I was too much in awe to even touch it. It sat a month until I got the nerve to trust my CD player with this treasure. Finally, I needed to drive 60 miles up into Tennessee over a deserted country road and I resolved this was the time. It would be just me, the road, and your voice.

    I started playing it straight through. Incredibly, “Isolde’s Song” seemed better than “let it End”, which seemed better than “Tears of Blood”. Then I got to “Candle in the Window”. It was love at first sight – the first line of the lyrics was so beautiful I nearly stopped in the middle of the road to listen more closely. I could not let the song end, I kept hitting “Repeat” button.

    After a few replays, I realized that I might have made a mistake in stopping the music, so I let the CD continue and heard for the first time the wolf call. “Wolfpack” is an incredible driving song, particularly on a road with hairpin curves. The song feeds the excitement of the road and vice versa.

    “Dreams of Fire” continues the driving excitement, but does not push the accelerator pedal like “Wolfpack”

    “Let it End – Part II” is a simpler and very enjoyable version that I like very much. It seems appropriate somehow to be just an audio track. I sometimes think of this as a modern day antiwar song. If you ever wanted to put out something damming the terrorism in the world today, this would be a good starting point.

    I was already in love with “For the Man I loved” but I was glad to just LISTEN this time and not to be seeing the video. It physically hurts me to watch you sing this song. I tell myself your pain cannot be real, but I am never really convinced.

    “The last of the Bards” is a good way to finish this eclectic album. It’s a simple tune but the words create STRONG mages of you in some northern land (probably Scotland, I associate heather with Scotland) in a different period of history. It is a fitting tribute to yourself and I love to hear it.

    Bottom line to a long comment: I love this album, all of it. Thank you for all the hard work and don’t be critical of such an excellent piece of history.

  2. Karliene November 7, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks so much Paul!!
    What a gorgeous comment. Thank you so much for sharing your memories with me. I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed my music so much. x

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