Richard M Sherman is best known as co-creator of the fabulous Sherman Brothers song catalog (think movies like Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh, and Charlottes Web) plus Pop standardslike "You're Sixteen" and the internationally renowned "Its a Small World"...just for starters. But there is another side to Richard M Sherman's musical life.
Throughout his busy career, Richard would occasionally unwind by creating little gems of musical expression inspired by times, places and events in his life. These personal reflections are the evocative solo piano works you'll find on "Forgotten Dreams"
In our first NON guitar title for our catalog the musical composer of all the songs featured on our highly reviewed "Poppin Guitars: A Tuneful Of Sherman" was asked by Grammy winning producer James Jensen if he'd like to issue a recording of the instrumentals he heard Richard play during that projects development. Of course Richard in his own brilliant way did note that there ARE strings in a piano and it IS instrumental. It also certainly does fill the bill of "made by hand , from the heart" that is the Solid Air Records mantra!
The 15 compositions run the gambit from melancholy and meditative , soulful to playful and as one would expect, highly melodic... a thoroughly enjoyable experience for any music lover.
REVIEW excerpt from Mouse Clubhouse.com
The heart and soul that goes into each song
certainly makes me forget that this is an orchestra of one, Richard on
the piano. These aren’t toe-tapping “Supercalifragilistic” songs, but
more closely related to classical music, derived from Richard’s
innermost thoughts and feelings that reflect in the genius of his craft.
If you’re a fan of Richard Sherman, whether you’ve appreciated the music
he has written with his brother, whether you have delighted at one of
his live performances, or even if you have spent some time with him,
“Forgotten Dreams” opens the doors to let you in to a different side.
It’s a personal, intimate side of Richard, now on full public display,
channeled through the talent in its purist form that has carried him
"Forgotten Dreams" is now available!
ANOTHER REVIEW FROM JIM HILL MEDIA
If you grew up humming songs like "Chim Chim Cheree" and "Winne The Pooh," then you have Richard B and Robert M Sherman to thank. These
Disney Legends provided the soundtrack during many a baby boomer's formative
Of course, as you grew older, your taste in music changed. Which
is why all those albums featuring the Sherman
Bros. music got pushed towards the back in your record collection. To then make
room for recordings that featured the music of Bob Dylan and The Beatles.
Well, as Harry Chapin once sang: " All My Life's a Circle " Which is why it gives me such pleasure to now
talk about "Forgotten Dreams." Which is this brand-new CD from Richard Sherman that is clearly aimed at adults.
Now don't expect to hear any tongue-twisting lyrics after
you throw this disc into your car audio system. For this new Solid Air Records
recording is made up entirely of instrumentals. Evocative piano interludes that
conjure up - just for a moment or two - this strong emotional response.
You see, there's this skein of melancholy that runs through "Forgotten
Dreams." Many of the 15 tracks that James Jensen has assembled for this album have
kind of a rueful quality to them. So as you listen to pieces like "Ambition"
and "Reflection," you can't help but feel sad. Or - at the very least - a little
But at the same time, there are tracks on this recording
that have great structure and sophistication. I loved the rhythms of "Big City." And when
you hear "Spanish Tile," you can't help but think about all those beautiful Spanish-style
homes that you see while driving around Los Angeles.
That (to my way of thinking, anyway) is one of the more
enjoyable aspects of "Forgotten Dreams." How - as you listen to mood pieces like
"Rain Street" - you actually conjure up scenes in your mind as to what these
musical moments might look like up on the big screen.
I'll say this much: one does come away from listening to this
new Solid Air Records recording with a renewed appreciation of Richard M.
Sherman's musicianship. By that I mean: I already knew that Richard was a
skilled composer. But I had also heard that Sherman (just like Irving Berlin)
was supposed to be pretty heavy-handed when it came to the keyboard. So it was
kind of a shock to listen to a piece like "Caprice" and then realize how
skilled this guy is. The lightness & precision that Richard can bring to
his piano playing.
Mind you, if you're looking for that Sherman Brothers energy
& bounce that you associate with tunes like "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"
and "The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers," then you're sure to love "Sunset &
Vine." Which is this upbeat & energetic piece that would have been a great
Sherman Bros. song if Richard could have just persuaded Robert to write some
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What I kind of hope here is that people in the
industry will soon discover "Forgotten Dreams" and then reach out to Richard.
Perhaps someone at Turner Classic Movies will listen to this recording and then hire
Sherman to come create a new underscore for a classic silent film. Or - better yet
- that some choreographer will hear this CD and then be inspired to create this
evening of interpretive dance that showcases Richard's emotional and evocative
Whatever winds up happening here, don't you make the mistake
of letting "Forgotten Dreams" slip away. For this is the recording that definitively
proves that the Sherman Brothers' music isn't just for kids.
TULGEY WOOD site.....
Imagine having Richard Sherman sit down and play a personal piano
concert just for you. That sense of intimacy is exactly what you get
with Forgotten Dreams
splendid must-have CD (produced by Grammy Award-winning James Jensen)
of haunting piano pieces both composed and played by acclaimed and
award-winning composer/lyricist Richard Sherman. If you are a fan of
Richard Sherman's music from films, theme parks and TV shows (and who
isn't it?) you will love this new recording, a loving collection of 15
pieces Richard has composed as personal reflections, compositions I'm
sure he originally wrote for himself and close friends, but that can now
be enjoyed by everyone. These intimate musical interludes range from
the soulful to the melancholy to the upbeat, each skillfully and
expressively played by Richard himself. There's a stylish
sophistication to these pieces that are different from the Sherman songs
we know so well, though I certainly would not consider any Sherman song
lacking in either style or sophistication. (By the way, it is beyond
annoying to still encounter people, especially those who should know
better, that still insist the Sherman Brothers wrote songs for "kiddie"
movies. As anyone who reads this blog surely knows, the Shermans wrote
songs for everybody of every age, and no one—least of all Walt
Disney—considered the Disney films and other productions to be
exclusively or even mainly for "kiddies.") I myself have listened to Forgotten Dreams
many times and each time I discover another nuance in between the
notes, an additional richness, a new musical emotion. Be sure and add
this beautiful musical experience to your musical library—it's available
, at Amazon: Forgotten Dreams
, and iTunes. As co-producer Bernadette Bowman has said, the "M" in Richard M. Sherman most definitely stands for magic
from LEONARD MALTIN ....www.leonardmaltin.com
the remarkable Richard Sherman, of Sherman Brothers fame, has
recently released an unusual CD comprised of solo piano compositions.
These are tunes he wrote for his own satisfaction over the years;
fortunately, producer James Jensen, one of his most ardent fans (check
out his Poppin’ Guitars CD), persuaded him to share these private musical musings with all of us in a disc called Forgotten Dreams. Tunes
like “Ambition,” “Early Years,” and “Big City” have a delicate, often
wistful quality about them, and like the more famous Sherman Brothers
songs we all know, they are deceptively simple. This is a lovely
footnote to a distinguished career. For more information go to www.solidairrecords.com.
||Richard M Sherman