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Richtone Studio Is Born, Dolphin is Our First Song 

I've been working on putting a home studio together for several months and tonight, we tried it out. Voila as they say in Paris, Richtone Studio is born. Writing a song is like having a child. There is a gestation period with the song develops before it’s born into the world. I’d have to say Jeff Hocker looks like an expectant father at this moment, as Tony Sheppard is playing the lead to his song, Dolphin. Fortunately Tony’s tracks came out great. He played it four times, each brilliant and different, giving us a lot to choose from. The quality of the tracks is wonderful and we are looking forward to completing the finishing touches on the recording process and moving on to mixing and mastering the album. Peace, Dr Dreamwalker


 

New Songs 

Dreamwalkers Band rehearsed Sunday afternoon with the goal of introducing and arranging new material. While we are primarily an original band, we like to play and sing covers that we love as well. Today we devoted the rehearsal to some additional material and just having fun with songs we love. Three "new" original songs and one "new" cover were worked on. The reasons I put the word new in quotes is that the songs are only new to the band. Two of the songs, Magnetic North and Beyond The Gulf were written by me some time ago, and Time To Let Your Sun Shine was the first collaboration between Tony Sheppard and myself. The songs are very cool and we are beginning to get the vibe needed to bring them out into the world. It's almost like having children. The songs have a gestation period, are born, have an infancy, toddlerhood, child time, adolescence, then eventually become adults, able to function. I love the developmental way of looking at the process of a song's evolution. Such great fun. I honor my bandmates, Jeff Hocker, Tony Sheppard, Culynn Murdock, and Patrick Russini for supporting my songs. It looks like the album recording will get going again this week so watch out for it. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs: Magnetic North, Time To Let Your Sun Shine, Beyond The Gulf, It Don't Come Easy, You May Be The One, Right Down The Line, Crazy Movie

Dreamwalkers Rehearse with Drummer Patrick Russini 

Dreamwalkers Band had it's first rehearsal with Patrick Russini and the entire band on Sunday evening, and I came away with a feeling of great optimism regarding the direction the band is taking. Patrick brings a fresh approach to percussion, somewhat quieter and more subtle than we have had in the past. From my perspective, Pat is just what we need. I could really hear and feel the other players, and it was a joy to play together. Pat is bright and dedicated, and is already mostly up to speed already with the songs. Culynn Murdock sang beautifully this evening. Tony Sheppard and Jeff Hocker were at the top of their games. I felt exhilarated hearing the arrangements coming together. We focused on the songs from the album, but also worked on a few cover songs, notably Gerry Rafferty's Right Down The Line, and one of our favorites, Secret Agent Man. We will be back in the studio soon to complete the tracks for the album, and hopefully gig by the end of the year.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker


Songs: Crazy Movie, Machiavelli's Daughter, 12 Years Later, A Dreamer's Story, You May Be The One, The Redemption, Only Love Is Real, Walking Down The Road, Diamond Filled Bouquet, Right Down The Line, Secret Agent Man

Ek Balam, The Sky Jaguar 

Songwriters are always looking for new inspiration. Could I do better than this ancient site? Don’t think so. Ek Balam, in the Mayan language, means Black, Star or Sky Jaguar. I like Sky Jaguar the best, because that's what it felt like to be there. I was very drawn to this site even before we left for Mexico. I just love the place. If you Look carefully you can see the Moon just above the structure I’m standing on.The place was only discovered 20 years ago. It’s off the beaten path so not overrun with people. Mystical, gorgeous, energetically sparkling. Consider me inspired. Peace, Dr Dreamwalker 

Dr Dreamwalker: The Energy at Chichen-Itza 

What a great place to be a Dreamwalker. The energy of Chichen-Itza, deep in the heart of the jungle in the Yucatan in Mexico, is marvelous. The place is so powerful even hordes of people and many sellers with cheap junk could not take away from it’s majesty. Truly inspiring. I’m soaking up all its goodness and looking forward to connecting to the band in our first rehearsal with drummer Patrick Russini and the entire group. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker 

Dreamwalkers Album Moving Forward 

Thursday evening, I received the raw tracks from our vocal session and they were wonderful. It is amazing just how much harmonies add to the songs, and how spot on Debbie Stern was in creating and executing them. I feel very gratified at the progress we made and look forward to the completion of the recording an diving into the mixing and mastering process. We've been working with drummer, Patrick Russini, who is getting up to speed on the songs, and will go into some intensive rehearsals in a few weeks. Special thanks to Debbie Stern and Al Torchia for steadfast support and brilliance in this effort. It's an exciting time to be a Dreamwalker. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreaming Out Loud Vocals Day 

Yesterday, we ventured to Speakeasy Studio to work on vocals. I was accompanied by my voice teacher, Debbie Stern. Debbie is a very accomplished singer, whose credentials are impressive, most notably singing with country music star, Loretta Lynn, for two years, and doing studio work in Nashville for ten years. Debbie and I have been working on my finding my "voices" to bring life, blood, and guts to my vocals. I re-sang a few master tracks and I am amazed at my improvement. Debbie had already graciously volunteered to work on harmonies for the album. Her experience, talent, and heart moved her through the songs creatively and efficiently. She never was at a loss for ideas and I felt the tracks sounded great. It was fun to see her light up with her joy at creating and singing harmonies. She was accompanied by Culynn Murdock on "Only Love Is Real." The album is moving forward and the tracks sound fantastic. Once again, I thank Al Torchia of Speakeasy Studio for creating a great sound, and for his input to the arrangements.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs

Master Lead Vocals: Machiavelli's Daughter; Crazy Movie; The Redemption

Harmonies: Machiavelli's Daughter, Crazy Movie, The Redemption, Only Love Is Real, A Dreamer's Story, Walkin' Down The Road, 12 Years Later, You May Be The One, Diamond Filled Bouquet


 

A Dreamwalkers Vocal Saturday 

 

 

Dreamwalkers Band is heading back to the studio this Saturday with our goal to complete Master lead vocal tracks and begin to work on harmonies. Voice teacher, Debbie Stern, will bring her many years of studio and stage experience to guide Culynn Murdock and myself, and will participate in singing harmony on several tracks. I am appreciating the mystical and emotional effects of sweet harmonies on the human psyche. They really are captivating and I'm looking forward to experiencing the process and enjoying the results.

Peace

Dr Dreamwalker

 

Patrick Russini Joins Dreamwalkers  


Hello Dreamwalkers Family and Friends,

Great news. . . Our good friend, Patrick Russini, sat in Sunday evening with Dreamwalkers Band and has agreed to continue on as our drummer. Pat will be learning the songs and getting up to speed over the next few weeks. We are very excited and happy to have him with us. Pat brings a great vibe and wonderful energy. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Porchfest 

Good morning, Dreamwalkers Family and Friends,

Yesterday, Dreamwalkers Band played at Porchfest, an annual Sarasota grassroots festival of community and music. When bandmate Jeff Hocker and I got to our host's home, we decided we would set up and play on a real porch. It was kind of down home and a relief we didn't have to play on the driveway like last year. Our banner fit it perfectly on the front of the porch and we had some time, so we went walking around the neighborhood taking in a few of the bands. We began setting up at 3 PM for our 4 PM slot, and fighting some very steamy heat, we managed to get a good sound, thank you Jeff Hocker. The weather forecast had a shower predicted for 4 PM, our start time, and at 3:57, rain began to trickle in and then just as we finished putting plastic bags over our main PA speakers, the showers opened up and for a few minutes it poured. Then it passed and we started in earnest. We had a nice group of friends show up as well as a healthy number of Porchfest attendees who were wandering around the musical neighborhood. We had a great time playing. It was fun playing folky style, down-home on the porch. Tony Sheppard was playing a 12 string acoustic guitar and we got some cool sounds out of it. The highlight of the show for me was "You May Be The One," written by myself and Tony Sheppard, sung gorgeously by Culynn Murdock. I always love playing with my musical brother, Jeff Hocker. We would like to thank our host, Jamie Schwartz, for opening her home to us, and to the Porchfest crew for putting on such a great event.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

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