If you’ve been following Hugh’s Views and News for long then you’ll know I love a bit of humour. When I first stumbled on the blog of this month’s guest blogger, I realised that we had a lot in common. Not only do we share a love of ‘The Eurovision Song Contest’, Kylie Minogue, Doctor Who and Irn Brew, but we also share a great sense of humour.
I’ve only ever been to Scotland once and that was many years ago. However, since reading the blogs of Steve McPherson (and notice I said ‘blogs’), it’s made me all the more determined to travel north of the border and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Scotland. Whether they’ll want me to stay very long I’ve no idea, but one of my passions is to go to a Wedding wearing a kilt and this is the best place to buy one, along with Scottish Shortbread.
Steve has a huge passion for music and runs the very successful music blog, Now That’s What I Call Music. He’s even launched his own weekend radio station which attracts a lot of bloggers. I’ve listened and been featured on some of the request shows and they are great fun.
Ladies and Gentlemen, meet Steve McPherson.———————————————————————————————————–
First of all, I’d like to thank Hugh for letting me guest post on his blog. I’ve been following his blog since pretty much the start of blog time and I’ve chuckled, empathised and met loads of people via it. I would say I was honoured but let’s face it, I’ve not just won the Eurovision Song Contest or even a Mildred Award so I shall say I feel privileged.
Everyone had childhood dreams when they were little about what they want to do in their life. Many adults may now think, in the words of S Club 7, that they’ve “never had a dream come true“. Is that true though? Let’s have a little think about it…
When I had this thought I re-visited my childhood, the dreams that I had and I was actually quite surprised at how many of my dreams had, in a big way or a small way, actually came true.
I remember when I was young I always wanted to be a famous author churning out hit novels when I grew up. I started off by having an old-fashioned typewriter and I would write story after story. I was then lucky enough to get a brand new electric typewriter which sat pride of place on my makeshift desk. By makeshift, I mean it was a plank of wood sticking out of my bedroom wall with a piece of carpet on top so that the noise from my typing wouldn’t echo all around the house. I used to think to myself, I’d love to be a writer and have my own office one day where I can just lock myself away and write, write, write.
On cold, wet, dark days in Scotland if I decide to have a “blog day” I can simply lock myself away in our office…
…and write. As well as writing random blog posts I’ve even started working on a short story – I’m no successful author by any stretch of the imagination but as far as I am concerned this is dream come true – number one.
As far back as I can remember I have always loved music and from an early age I would watch all the pop stars performing their songs thinking what a great life they must have while wondering if I would ever be famous. Would I ever be top of the charts with a hit song? Perhaps if I’d spent more time learning how to play musical instruments then it could have happened. However, I sucked at playing the guitar at school and when it came my turn to play the drums I refused because I knew I simply wouldn’t be able to do it. I was told by the teacher to either play the drums or go and stand outside the classroom – I put down the sticks and went and stood outside so any dreams of being a stadium-sell out musician pretty much ended there.
Although, not everyone can say that they have appeared on a B-side of a UK number one song but I can…listen out for me on this at around 3:09…
I’ve also written some lyrics and had a friend record them with my favourite being this one…
I’m never going to be featured on my Every UK Number One Song series of posts but as far as I am concerned this is dream come true – number two.
I used to love watching films and back in those days it was a special occasion when we got to watch a video. We didn’t initially own our own video player and we shared it with friends so when it was our turn it was very exciting. I’d spend ages in the video store looking at all the films available for rent and then take one home and watch it at least twice before having to return it. Someone will be renting my movies one day, I used to think. I was going to make movies when I grew up! Wow, a pop singing, novel-writing movie maker – I was going to be a very busy adult!
These days, the only similarity between me and Steven Spielberg is the name but due to the way technology has progressed anyone can make videos these days and I have made quite a lot. I’ll never get an Oscar but one of my videos has had over 45K views on YouTube…
I could spend hours using video-editing software and quite often I do. Even if it’s only me that ever watches them as far as I am concerned this is dream come true – number three.
Sunday evenings for me growing up was all about the TOP 40 Chart Show. I would listen to the countdown of the top 40 best-selling songs of that week from start to finish – wondering who would be number one for the week. I would record my favourites as every one else used to do too but I would also want to be the radio DJ. So, what I would do is get one of my tapes that I had purchased, say for example the latest compilation album, and I would sellotape over the little holes that stopped the cassette being protected so that I could record myself between the tracks introducing the next song – just like a DJ. How unbelievably dorky was I?
My music blog Talk About Pop Music has allowed me to extend my passion for music. I’ve not exactly made it on to Radio One but I had a go at a Weekly Playlist VLOG which counts down my most played songs every week…
I’ve now ventured into the realms of online radio and have a weekly “Request Show” which is more successful thank I’d ever imagined so as far as I am concerned this is dream come true – number four.
Lastly and perhaps my most obscure dreams were themed around two of my fictional heroes when I was young – Superman and Doctor Who. I wanted to be like Superman so I could fly and have laser eyes. I wanted a TARDIS like Doctor Who so I could travel through space and time. How can I now possibly say either of those dreams have come true in any shape or form? Read on, dear followers…
Up until 2010 I had always been blind as a bat and my options were to either to wear contact lenses, glasses or neither and end up getting hit by a bus. I opted for a combination of glasses and contacts as the bus thing didn’t really appeal to me. But, in 2010 I underwent laser-eye surgery and just like that I had 20/20 vision once more and it did actually feel like I had super-sight.
One day in 2013 a mysterious man invited me into his police-box and it was so much bigger on the inside…
I’m not Super or a Timelord but as far as I’m concerned this is dream come true – number five.
What about you? What were your childhood dreams? Have they come true in any kind of way?
Thank you very much to Steve for accepting my invitation to be my guest blogger this month.
Please check out Steve’s blogs, Steve Says and Talk About Pop Music as I can guarantee that he will give you plenty of laughs as well as some wonderful facts and up to date information on the music industry. If you’ve any questions for Steve then please leave them in the comments box and he’ll get back to you.
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