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Do You Dream in Color?
BOOK REVIEW
by Sally Parsons
2012-11-13

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by Laurie Rubin; $18.95; Seven Stories Press; 400 pages

The shower has always been a great place to do it.

In the privacy of your car is good, too. Nobody can hear you sing there, so you can belt out a tune as loud as you want and the radio is always there as a guide.

At church, at the bar with friends, in the kitchen, or on the phone with especially great on-hold music, singing is irresistible. And in the new book "Do You Dream in Color?" author Laurie Rubin says she has a lot to sing about.

Within months of her birth, Rubin's parents knew there was something unusual about their daughter. As a baby, Rubin didn't look at people the way other infants did, and it took several doctor visits to learn why: Her retinas never developed. She could see light, but nothing more.

And, yet, that was never an obstacle for Laurie.

"Can't" wasn't an option. When she expressed frustration at not being able to read, her parents found someone to teach her Braille. She camped, skied and, after being taught some basics in mobility, was eventually mainstreamed into public school. She learned that she loved to sing, and was very good at it—even landing a small gig on an album with her friend and mentor, Kenny Loggins.

High school changed a lot of things, though. Rubin struggled with math and with friendship. Mean girls lived up to their sobriquet and Laurie was often left out of conversations and cliques. Boys didn't avoid her, but they didn't interest her much, either.

For Rubin, music was solace.

She took voice lessons and entered contests. She practiced and performed in front of peers. When it came time to go to college, she chose Oberlin College in Ohio, planning on a career in opera. Later, she was accepted for graduate school at Yale Opera.

It was there that she gained a furry guide and met the love of her life, Jenny.

Today, Rubin lives in New York with Jenny and their dogs. Rubin, a mezzo-soprano, performs as often as possible and her dreams, she says, are like those of anybody else's. It's the daydreams that are most important.

"Do You Dream in Color?" has a wonderful message in it. There's empowerment here, and perseverance. It's inspiring … but it's also very clunky.

Part of the problem, I think, is that much of this book consists of quoted conversation, which felt inauthentic. It moves Rubin's story along, but not very well. I also noticed times when a name occurred in the narrative without prelude, making me guess at who the individual was and how (s)he was relevant. The mystery was usually solved, but not always quickly. Add the fact that Rubin's story jumps around and, well, I had a hard time here.

Overall, the message in this book is great but the delivery method, not so much. You might like it more if you're an opera fan, but for most readers, Do You Dream in Color? is slightly out of tune.

Want more music? Look for The Music of Silence—New Edition by Andrea Bocelli; and Like Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer by Chely Wright.


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