Brian Paone

Author // Musician

Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts

Editor: Dan Ezra Golden Artwork: Jeff Cavanaugh

Editor: Dan Ezra Golden
Artwork: Jeff Cavanaugh

In Brian Paone's first novel, he chronicles the trials and tribulations of befriending a modern-day rock star. As a die-hard fan of the rock band God Lives Underwater, Brian wins the trust of lead singer David Reilly. This honor comes with its own set of extreme personal highs and devastating shared lows.

During their tumultuous friendship, David fights an extreme battle with drug abuse and depression. Pile on top of all this the throes of a cutthroat music industry and the realization of one’s own mortality.

Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts is a novel that convinces the heart of every reader that perhaps dreams are never really finished. Instead, they are passed on from one friend to the next.


Customer Reviews

This Book Will Pull You In... The book has many fun— and funny— moments in between the darkness and drama. The author does a good job conveying the anxiety and suspense... Paone also adeptly channels his passion for music through the words on the page. The story is an engrossing one, and you’ll find yourself mentally pulling the reins along with Brian, trying to stop a disaster from happening. In addition to being a memoir, “Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts” serves as a time capsule, capturing the essence of 1990s Boston. As Paone proves, the music will live forever.
— Amazon
Great memoir. Well-written and engaging. It took me back to my young-adulthood and made me revisit some of my old favorite bands.
— Goodreads
I can honestly say I have never actually picked up a book before, and read it in four hours. But this book has done it. I spent hours reading and just getting more and more interested in the amazing story. I can honestly say this is one of my favorite books and I would recommend it to anyone, who is a fan of friendship worries, or someone who just wants a great read.
— Amazon
I loved this book. Your narrative is so terse and brave; I couldn’t help but appreciate its honesty. Life is made up of small and peculiar moments that puzzle together perfectly, and you achieved that. This is my favorite book of the year. This is an engaging story about a friendship that could have just easily never transpired. Goosebumps, laughter, sadness... despite its very personal feel... it was epic in its courage, detail, and love. Congratulations on a tremendous first book.
— Amazon
This is a book I could not put down. As someone who has friends in the music industry, I can tell you that from the fan’s perspective, Brian’s book is as close to the ‘real thing’ as you’re going to get. Far past where you are a fan and become a friend, the music part almost becomes secondary to the person producing it. Brian’s book is a MUST HAVE for not only [music] fans but also the process a fan only dreams about - from becoming a fan to becoming truly part of that musicians’ life.
— Amazon
You get to see the human side of [a] rockstar...
— Amazon
Dreams are Unfinished Thoughts, is a powerful and thoughtful collection of vivid memories detailing every moment of a life changing friendship. The range and intensity of the memories, from silly to mournful, keep the reader fully ensconced in the story until the very end. It is a compelling story definitely worth reading.
— Amazon
This is probably one of the most touching stories between two men that I have read in a long time...
— Amazon
What a wonderful behind-the-scenes memoir about David Reilly, yet such a bittersweet tale. After getting clean more than once, his label going bankrupt, losing Seven, dealing with all the other downsides to the music industry and life, to have David die from his ulcer seems so unfair. But I think you have one line that sums everything up so well: “Even knowing how this ended, I would do it all again. I would never trade all those hours and days we spent together even if I knew you [David] were leaving and going home to Heaven.” Such is our human condition. And I loved all the goose-bump moments when David communicated with his family and friends after his death. Such a sad loss to endure. And he was only thirty-four. Best wishes with your book.
— Bubblecow
This book is particularly relevant to those of us who grew up listening to music in the 90’s— strutting down Nostalgia Street. The rest of us are skimming through it, looking for the larger, more relevant themes. The book certainly has moments of poignancy as we see the web of relationships formed through rifts and through healing. The storyteller’s aware of the stark contrast between himself and his friend. What’s best about this is the way it highlights their bond. I enjoyed the book. I read it in an evening (forget dinner, kids).
— Amazon
I was shocked when I first learned that the lead singer of God Lives Underwater had died. Searching for answers, I came across this book — and it’s amazing. Told chronologically and entirely from Brian’s point of view, many of the deepest revelations are only uncovered after David’s death. It is a heartbreaking yet also heartwarming journey. David Reilly was fortunate to have a friend like Brian.
— Amazon

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