Jerry Silverstein

Sometimes A Dream Is Just A Dream

Aurora Barnes/Jerry Silverstein


This was the first song that Aurora and I wrote, started at the famous Griffith Park outdoor writing session in LA. We wanted to write something that had a jazz groove and would sound great backed up by a small combo. Aurora has the theatre/cabaret background and a beautiful voice. So we decided to write an AABA song, typical of standards in the 40's and our hook was "Sometimes a dream is just a dream." We set the song to the background of a child who rebels against her mother's advice, a mother who tries to protect her daughter from getting hurt by encouraging her not to dream unrealistically. The twist is that the singer ends up following her heart and learns that there's no reward without some risk.

"But I chose a path less traveled

Lit by a rare moonbeam

Found love in places most unexpected

Though sometimes a dream was just a dream"