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Alan B. Salisbury

Dream and Believe (digital single)

Review by Gary Hill

This is both a Christmas song and children’s song. It’s much more than that, though. The music and arrangement are both quite pretty. It falls somewhere along the lines of contemporary pop music with symphonic elements.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2013  Volume 6 at lulu.com/strangesound.

Track by Track Review
Dream and Believe

The vocals (by Mary Allen) are very strong. Lyrically this has a couple of levels. On the one hand it tells the story of Rudolph’s brother Ranger. On the other hand, though, it’s a positive message about the power of believing in yourself and positive thinking. That’s a great message. It’s delivered in such a way that keeps it from feeling preachy or like you are learning something. This is quite a nice piece of music that would be a great addition to family Christmas play lists.

(Editor's Note - Music Street Journal is set up for the allocation of albums, not singles - particularly not one-song singles. So, in the instances, like this one, where we've covered single song releases, we've had to make some adaptations for formatting. In the case of this one, just imagine both track review and overall review reading as one set of copy. )

 
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