Dreams Don't Count is a mature and wonderfully intelligent album that showcases Jules' talents in an unusual setting, backed primarily by viola, cello, and accordion. Co-produced by Jules' and Stewart Lerman, with arrangements written by Rob Morsberger, Dreams Don't Count, is a distinctive exercise in record making for this preeminent American songwriter. Mad Dragon. 2006.
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Jules Shear on Dreams Dont Count:
"Well, I wrote a bunch of songs and Stewart [Lerman, record producer] said Come on to New York and record them. So I did it in the simplest possible way; primarily just voice and guitar. We cut maybe 25 songs in all. Peter [Lubin] heard the recordings and got in touch with me because he thought there was an album lurking in there. So, in a way, the concept for the album presented itself by me writing the songs." said Jules. In an era when each new album seems to be some manifestation of whatever is currently topping the charts, this is an album with nothing but the music itself in mind.
"It couldn't have been more natural, as it was a completely un-self-conscious creation and had no agenda at all" said Jules. "Thankfully, nobody said, Hey, this guy made this kind of album, so maybe you ought to make this kind. In other words, Im pleased to say that this record wasn't a reaction to anybody's work except maybe my own."