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Dreamwalkers Album 2.0: Acoustic Tracks  

Hello to all my Dreamwalkers out there,

With the bass and drum tracks completed, it was time to move to the acoustic guitars. From a certain point of view, the acoustics can be seen as supporting the rhythm section and broadening the sound. So, Patrick Russini and I transformed my living room into a living breathing sound studio (full disclosure, it was pretty close to it before we began).

We rearranged furniture to make space and Pat went around the room testing the sound. The configuration of the room is excellent for sound. Then Pat set up his equipment and microphones. We dialed in some of my favorite guitars. It was really cool to see most of my guitar herd our at once. We settled on the Guild D55 and Taylor 355 12 string, and later added the McKee custom. Kind of paradise for guitar geeks. 

Once we got everything set up and dialed in, recording began. We recorded two different guitars on two of my original songs, "Everything Is Chantging" and "Magnetic North." Pat has an incredible ear and was able to guide me to create the next piece of the foundation for our album. Playing the tracks back sounded great, and I'm looking forward to moving through all of the songs in the album over the next few weeks.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker


 

Dreamwalkers: Recording Bass Tracks 

Hello Dreamwalkers Family and Friends,

Friday evening.  . . 

Dave Ross gave us quite a boost with a fantastic session of bass guitar playing. Although this was his first recording session, he played like he had been doing it for years. He and Pat Russini had the bass dialed in before I arrived with the pizza and already had two songs completed. Debbie Stern and I listened carefully and were able to make suggestions, but the sound was locked in great, so we didn't have a lot to do. Dave's playing was solid and creative. It was the best I've ever heard him play. The man was productive and graceful while under pressure. We completed:

Everything Is Changing 

Louisiana 

Suggestion By Echo 

Good To See You Gone 

Something ‘Bout That Boy

The weekend awaits. . . more to say then,




Sunday evening. . . 

Another Home Run for Bass Guitar player, Dave Ross. Dave's playing style is solid and powerful. He, along with Drummer, Daniel (The Heartbeat) Polyak provide the foundation of our sound. Dave moved from the sweetness and fun of Debbie Stern's songs, "Call Me Love" and "Don't Give Me A Second Thought (Let Me Be Your First),"  to the surf rock sound of Tony Sheppard's "Road Song." Once those were done, he took on my apocalyptic anthems "The Outsider" and "Magnetic North." Dave changed gears like a finely tuned Mercedes Benz, and smoothly took on each song. 

At one point, Debbie Stern and Patrick Russini both heard something odd with the Fender Jazz Bass Dave was playing. Tony to the rescue. He redid the intonation on the spot and revived the sound. When we were looking for a grittier sound, Dave began using a pick for Tony's song and The Outsider, and it really sounded great. 

We should have the rhythm section done sometime next week and then it's on to the acoustic and electric guitars. Keyboards and Vocals after that. Then we mix and master. I sure we are all pretty tired, but it's an exciting labor of love, and we love it.

Songs: 

Call Me Love; Don’t Give Me A Second Thought; The Outsider; Magnetic North; Road Song

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Dave Ross and Pat Russini came through for us again. Pushing limits due to the fact that Dave was about to go on vacation, they stayed up late and powered through the last five songs. The tracks sound great. Acoustic guitars are next. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

The final five songs: Music Is The Ride, How I Love to Love You, The Silence Between the Worlds, I Think I Think Too Much, Tricks On Me.

Dreamwalkers: Performance Rehearsal 

Hello to all my Dreamwalkers out there,

Saturday, the band was offered at gig to play at a party, but sadly, we were rained out, so Dreamwalkers 2.0's first performance had to wait. So when rehearsal came up on Monday, we decided to go through the sets as if we were playing out, and it was a lot of fun, very energy intensive.

I am happy to share the singing duties with Debbie Stern. I love her original sons, and she can really sing. Also, Dave Ross is stretching his vocal chords, singing lead on West LA Fadeaway, and the chorus on Comfortably Numb. We expect Dave will lend his voice to harmony in the future. 

We are attempting to get the best balance between original and cover songs. As we prepared to play out, I realized we needed a few more covers and we are expanding our repertoire. We moved through our two one hour sets rather well. There are just a few rough edges, but every time we rehearse they are less and less noticeable.

We are actively looking for a place to play and the band is sounding wonderful. See you soon.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Set 1: The Word; Man With The Guru Gaze; Don't Talk Behind My Back, End of the Line; Dancing With the Man in the Moon; Road Song; Saving Grace; Good To See You Gone, Diamond Filled Bouquet; Get Together; Everything Is Changing

Set 2: Tuesday Afternoon; Don't Give Me A Second Thought; The Redemption; Can't Find My Way Home; Something 'Bout That Boy; You May Be The One; West LA Fadeaway; Suggestion By Echo; I Think I Think Too Much; Comfortably Numb

Dreamwalkers: Cohesive Brilliance 

Hello to all my Dreamwalkers out there in the nano universe,

After tonight's rehearsal I am more optimistic about this band than ever. We are ready to play out, and each rehearsal finds us getting closer as a group, and finding our connections to each other stronger and more cohesive. This is allowing the individual members to shine in the context of the group energy.

Tony Sheppard was so brilliant tonight, I was in awe watching his talent be revealed to us. Wait until you hear him. I'm watching his inner David Gilmour emerge on songs like Comfortably Numb and Can't Find My Way Home. Debbie Stern's songs are such a beautiful counterpoint to my own. We played  "Dancin'g With The Man In The Moon" "Don't Talk Behind My Back"and "Lucky Me" (which is how I feel being in this band). Her songs are filled with energy, joy and love of the very vibrations she created. Dave Ross is emerging as a singer, taking the lead on "What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding, as well as Comfortably Numb. Daniel Polyak, as always The Heartbeat, is my brother and co-conspirator in keeping the energy moving and people laughing. I love his drumming. I feel so supported by the band. My song, "Man With The Guru Gaze" sounded just great. 

I love this band. We will be playing out soon and are looking forward to it.

Peace, 

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs: Tuesday Afternoon, Dancing With The Man In The Moon, Man With The Guru Gaze, Saving Grace, Comfortably Numb, Lucky Me, What's So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding, Can't Find My Way Home, Don't Talk Behind My Back.

Dreamwalkers: This Is Great Fun 

Greetings to all my Dreamwalkers out there,

As the recording process gets ready to finish the rhythm section with Dave Ross on bass guitar, we are back to rehearsing, getting ready to play out. Tonight's rehearsal was such great fun. Miles Davis was purported to have said, "Music is the most fun you can have with your clothes on." Well, if he didn't say it, I would. The music was clicking and I just love playing with my bandmates, Debbie Stern, Tony Sheppard, Dave Ross, and Daniel (The Heartbeat) Polyak. 

We played mostly original tunes that will be on the album to stay sharp for it. We will be playing these when we play out anyway, so it was hitting two birds so to speak with one stone. Debbie's songs soar, and Tony's guitar playing was super. He was channeling his inner Jimmy Page on "Music Is The Ride" and "Magnetic North." Daniel is irrepressible, his great sense of humor and a gleam in his eye always ready to pop out. Dave Ross had some fun singing harmony, and I'm just hanging out in these incredible vibrations, making sure to stay on the beat and to remember what I've learned about singing. We ended the evening with a cover of Pink Floyd's Comfortably Numb. This one is going to be fantastic. Tony was amazing as he played the Gilmour lead. Debbie, Dave, and I sang together with great gusto.

I can't wait until we play out. I've always felt that  for me, one gig was worth many rehearsals. I think we are going to spin heads when we play.

Songs: The Outsider, Good To See You Gone, Magnetic North, Something 'Bout That Boy, Music Is The Ride, How I Love To Love You, Road Song, Two Insomnias, Comfortably Numb.

Dreamwalkers: Phase One, Drum Tracks Completed 

Hello to Dreamwalkers friends,

Tuesday evening was a big one for our Dreamwalkers Band. Our incredible drummer, Daniel Polyak (The Heartbeat) finished the heavy lifting required to put together the structure of our "Music Is The Ride" album. Daniel is far more than a drummer, he is an artist who plays from a deep well of emotion and experience. The team established with Daniel and Sound Engineer Patrick Russini shone through again as we worked on Debbie Stern's song "Something About That Boy," and my original song, "Silence Between The Worlds." 

The next step in the creative process is for Patrick to go through all the tracks to ensure the timing is on the dot and we can build off that structure. Once that has been prepared, it will be up to Dave Ross on bass guitar to finish the rhythm section of the album. I am very grateful to Daniel and Patrick for their efforts and am looking forward to the next phase. I feel like we have some fabulous material and now the sound will match the quality of the songs. 

You can see in the photographs how intense these sessions can get. We are passionate, creative souls working together to make music to touch people's hearts. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker


 

Dreamwalkers: Creativity 

Hello all Dreamwalkers out there,

The band had a rehearsal tonight and we kept our focus on original material that will be on the album. I feel very heartened to hear our songs played with feeling and musicality. Both Debbie Stern and I continue to write and we presented one new song each. We are fortunate to have bandmates so supportive of our creative efforts. 

We are looking forward to possibly completing the drum tracks for the new album tomorrow, and Dave Ross is in the on deck circle to complete the rhythm section with bass guitar. 

Dreamwalkers Band is ready to play out. We have some great material to share, both original and cover songs.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs: Everything Is Changing; Don't Give Me A Second Thought (Let Me Be Your First); Louisiana Playin' On My Mind; Suggestion By Echo; Call Me Love; Silence Between The Worlds; I Think I Think Too Much

Dreamwalkers: Possibilities 

"It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting." Paulo Coehlo

This band is filled with possibilities. Have a sweet day.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers: Drumming Puts Blood In The Veins Of The Songs 

Good evening to all my Dreamwalkers out there.

Tuesday night I found out what great drumming can do for a song. Our wonderful drummer, Daniel Polyak (The Heartbeat) was sensational as he put magic in two of our songs, Debbie's "How I Love To Love You," a spiritual homage to her love of God, and my tribute to rock and roll, "Music Is The Ride." When we listened to the scratch tracks I felt like both are good songs, but something was lacking. Found out what it was. Passion. All of a sudden, there was blood running through the veins. The songs became alive. Daniel Polyak was playing with his heart, soul, and feelings.

In addition, I was able to observe the interplay between Daniel and Patrick Russini, Executive Producer and Sound Engineer, two drummers, speaking the same language. Their communication and ability to get certain effects efficiently was impressive.

Wait until you hear these songs when they are complete. Listening to Debbie's song with Daniel's drums gave me chills. I was thrilled with how my own song sounded. Drums for the album will be completed next week and we can begin recording the bass guitar, and then bring on the guitars, keys, and vocals. We are picking up steam. I am in awe of what happened this evening. Hopefully we will be playing out soon as well.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker


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