A Letter To Robert Miles

May 11th, 2017

Dear Robert,

When I heard the news of your death, I thought I may never write again. In fact, I didn’t write anything yesterday because my thought had come true. As soon as my fingers went towards the keyboard, I felt something from the keys pushing back at me.

I wanted to thank you for making me a writer. You see, on many occasions, I’ve been sat at the computer not knowing what to write. I may have had the opening paragraph or line to a short story, but my creative cogs had stopped turning. I’d walk away and make myself a cup of tea; go for a walk; read a book, or try taking a nap, but the words would not come to me. I felt a failure.

Then, one day, I downloaded your album, Dreamland, and before I knew it, your music started to turn my creative cogs again. Before I knew it, I’d written over 30 short stories while listening to the music you created. But, it didn’t stop there, because you did one of the most incredible things a human being can do to another human being; you made a dream come true.

One of my dreams, from as far back as I can remember, was to write and publish a book. However, I allowed being dyslexic to get in my way. I know, very silly of me, but dyslexia was a powerful monster and was tough to get away from. When I did finally escape, I started to write. Before I knew it, and with the help of the music you created, I put 28 of those short stories into a collection and published my first book. Listening to your music helped me tell the stories of those characters who may otherwise never have made it into print.

I probably should have written this letter and thanked you before you left this world but, like everyone else, I never seemed to have the time. That’s the trouble with today’s world, isn’t it, nobody seems to have the time anymore.

So, once again, thank you so much for creating and publishing your music, which helped me set up and publish my book. Dreamland is a brilliant piece of work you should be very proud of, especially given that it made at least one dream come true.

When I come across to where you now are, I want to shake hands with you and, if you allow me, give you a hug.

I am forever grateful to you.

Hugh W. Roberts – Author.

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62 comments

  1. What a lovely tribute to a man who inspired your writing journey. My inspiration was Sarah Palin (the US nightmare who can see Alaska from her back door). My husband looked at me and said, “If Sarah Palin can write a book, anyone can write a book.” Thus began my writing career. 😀

  2. Loved the music and the tribute. We all need a little inspiration from somewhere. Best of everything with your book. I will get to it soon. Spring leaves my read time short. 😦

        1. We get all our rain in the winter, none in the summer when it’s needed. 😦 At least the last 5 years have been more in that direction. Changing weather patterns and all. Pacific North West is notoriously wet in winter. Then…nothing but hotter than ever.

  3. RIP Robert Miles. ‘Children’ shall remain my first amazing car song. Dad would play it on loop every time we took small trips from Delhi. Mom was never a fan of such music but I do thank dad for picking up your audio tape. The good old nineties trance music! What a beautiful tribute

    1. I think ‘Children’ is my favourite piece of music from Robert, but his other work is also amazing. I’m glad that somebody else has shared their memories of that track.
      Thank you so much for your comment and memories.

        1. Along those lines and thoughts of saying things before it’s too late Hugh, please know that I truly appreciate YOU and all the help you have given me and the mentorship (I’m making that an official word) that you’ve given to me in my quest to do my blog – you’ve really helped me so much! Twitter (which I’m still struggling with but am committed to conquering), how to do the Flipboard and StumbleUpon link thing on my blog and of course your stories and videos! Just know I value you a lot and am very appreciative of all you do!!

        2. That’s so kind, Elizabeth, and is one of the nicest comments I’ve received. I’ve learned a lot about blogging and social media over the three years I’ve been here on WordPress and I really do enjoy sharing what I find out to all my readers. I remember how daunting it was when I first started to blog and how finding a post that included blogging tips was like finding a piece of gold. I’m returning all the kindness that many bloggers have given to me with the help, support and encouragement they share. There is a brilliant community here and many of them go out of their way to help and promote others bloggers. Your comments have certainly made my weekend (if not my year). Thank you so much.

    1. Yes, that’s true of me as well, but I think many of us have at least one big influencer. Mind you, when it comes to writing my next book (if that ever happens) then maybe the inspiration will come from somewhere else? 🤔

    1. Thank you, Judy, and thank you for reblogging the post. The music of Robert Miles has gone on to help me write some new stories as well. I hope his inspiration never runs out on me. It was a shock hearing about his death, especially as he was only 47 years old. His music lives on, though.

  4. A fabulous tribute, he will be chuffed. Imogen heap is my inspiration. She seems to write my life. See what she does with a rowing couple the situations she describes is well known to me…. She always inspires me.

      1. She has inspired my enormously not only to write but her music got me up and walking again after my second accident. Not all her music is dark … Here is one she wrote about her experience as a new mum.

        Have a great day Hugh 💟

    1. Thank you, Judith. Yes, I am well, thank you. I think it comes as a bit of a shock when somebody we admire and who has inspired us (and who we have never met) passes on. I hope all is well with you?
      xx

  5. Nice tribute, Hugh. To some extent, Bill Bryson inspired me to write. But, at a much earlier age, my fourth grade teacher and the wonderful Dutch writers are to blame.

    1. Thanks, Liesbet. I was watching a programme on the pop group Abba, last night, and even they said that many of their songs were written with the inspiration of other writer’s and songs. I wonder what inspired the first person to write?

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