Cy Coleman is known as a "permanent jewel in Broadway’s musical crown." His songs have graced several Broadway musicals such as ‘Sweet Charity,’ ‘The Will Rogers Follies,’ and ‘City of Angels.’ In addition, his songs have been performed by Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Barbara Streisand. "It Started with a Dream" is Coleman’s first and only recording of his music performed by himself.
Coleman is an affable spirit. The songs are relentlessly uplifting with titles like ‘The Best is Yet to Come,’ ‘Nothing to do but Dance,’ and ‘Bad is for Other People.’ His voice is amiable. He sounds a lot of like Tony Bennett (who in fact sings ‘The Colors of My Life’ on the album). The sound is easy and gay. The sound is of New York yesteryear. Given all of what has happened last year, this album comes across as warm comfort music for a weary New York.
The album’s theme is feeling good about oneself. It is feeling dapper and gliding along the polished floor without a care clutching a dry martini in one hand and glancing out at the nightscape of New York You can almost feel the brush of a mink stole go by and a whiff of sweet perfume. It is music for the sophisticated set that may appeal for a once imaginary, innocent New York. For some, this music will be extremely appealing, especially the infectious ‘Some Kind of Music’ or the graceful ‘I’m Gonna Laugh You Right Out of My Life.’
Others will hear schmaltz or relive memories of forced listening to the music of one’s parents. It might be the kind of music that you feel compelled to dig out your old rock and roll LPs (if they’re not too warped by now), especially those with screeching guitars, throbbing bass lines, and really loud drum solos.
The joy or pain of this new release is really dependent on what your New York state of mind might be these days.