Born and raised in Bournemouth (UK), Charlie Hole is a special singer and songwriter. With a voice that is reminiscent of Rod Stewart of old, and lyrical weight of Marc Cohn, ‘Someone Else’s Dream’ is a modern arrangement of pop hooks, layered in emotional folk and country incantations that the listener don’t know what to do with.
It’s a gem of a single. And the anguish and the frustrations of a life of uncertainties, are successfully strewn on to this song.
The chorus breaks down the walls that have built over the years. Questioning the validity of the protagonist’s existence, as a man, as a person, as an entity who is ‘unsure’, but who knows he must ‘forge forward’.
“There’s an old quote that says, “If you don’t follow your own dreams, you’ll end up following someone else’s”, and there was a certain point in my life where I felt like I wasn’t staying true to what I wanted to do. I wrote Someone Else’s Dream whilst driving away from a particularly bad gig in the early hours of the morning. There’s something about a long drive at night that helps with self-reflection, and I was trying to work out what it was I was trying to achieve, and questioning whether I wanted to do this to myself anymore. I felt like I was stuck, like I wasn’t getting anywhere, I wasn’t moving forwards and that’s where the doubt crept in. The song is about resilience; holding on to your dreams and not giving up in the face of adversity. I suppose at it’s heart, it’s about staying true to your own dreams, and not following someone else’s.”