This is by far the most famous song Julie Gold ever wrote, and her only one to chart. Other songs Gold wrote include "Heaven," which has been recorded by Nanci Griffith, Patti LuPone and Bette Midler; "The Journey," which has been recorded by Lea Salonga and Kathie Lee Gifford, and "Goodnight, New York," recorded by Heather MacCrae, Nanci Griffith, and Andrea Marcovicci. "Once You Said You Loved Me" and "Try Love" charted in Ireland for Frances Black, and "Dream Loud" is used by the Girls Scouts of America and was in the movie Unfaithful
with Richard Gere and Diane Lane. Says Gold: "There's no 'formula' for a hit and these days there's not much on radio that touches my soul. But to a pure 'old fashioned' songwriter I'd say this: write from your heart. Be honest. If you're not honest then it comes through in your writing. Don't deliberately imitate anyone. If you've loved and listened to music all your life, other styles and other writers will automatically bleed into your own style. Let that happen naturally. Then you'll be a beautiful amalgam of all the music you've loved all your life.
As for me, I only write when I feel I have something I MUST say. Then, I try to say it in as universal but personal a way as I possibly can. I always try to take the scenic route musically and lyrically. The job of a song is to take a person on a musical journey for 3 minutes. In those 3 minutes you can transport your listener to a better, higher place. When they return to their starting point, hopefully they'll be changed forever for the better.
The point is, songwriting is an amazing gift. When a writer picks up a pen they have the chance to touch and change the world. This can not be taken lightly. It's a huge and beautiful responsibility." (Thanks to Julie for speaking with us about this song. For more, check out juliegold.com