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Dreamwalkers Voices 

Hey all you Dreamwalkers out there. The band is really pulling together. Tonight we had a vocal rehearsal and he blend of voices is sweet and powerful. When  the rehearsal started, I was exhausted, but after singing and playing for almost three hours I feel exhilarated. This band is a collection of very different, but very talented souls. The bringing together of these energies is exciting to be a part of. Debbie Stern is absolutely amazing at interpreting, arranging and finding great harmonies. Cullyn Murdock brings a beautiful theatrical energy and has worked really well with expanding the already beautiful voice she has to improve our overall sound. I get to listen to these two sing together and it brings me great joy. Bart Dellarmi, our bass guitar player, sings also, and gives us incredible flexibility in harmony sounds. He also has long experience and great insight into putting arrangements together. Tony and Daniel were unavailable for this rehearsal and will be back with us next week, as we get ready to play out, and start the new album.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs: The Other Side of Life, Handle With Care, End of the Line, Get Together, Ode To Billy Jo, I Won't Back Down, Right Down The Line, These Boots Are Made For Walkin', Hey Baby

Dreamwalkers: Moving Forward 

Hello Dreamwalkers out there. Tonight's rehearsal was just great. We worked with drummer Daniel Polyak in his studio, and had tons of fun and got a lot accomplished. Everyone was cooking tonight and we started working on solid arrangements for our songs. Daniel seemed to have great fun, and caught our vibe almost immediately. He told us we had spirit that he has rarely seen in bands he has worked with. Certainly the beautiful voices of Debbie Stern, Culynn Murdock singing three part harmony with me did not hurt. Bart Dellarmi's bass guitar formed the rhythm section with Daniel, and Debbie played keyboards to answer Tony Sheppard's lead guitar magic. Songs flowed as did ideas and I can see what this band could be. Both Debbie and Culynn played their original songs. I had a blast singing, and while we are a little rusty, there were remarkable moments and that great 60s vibe. We are looking forward to putting things together and start playing out. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs: Last Dance With Mary Jane, Get Together, I Won't Back Down, I Saw Her Standing There, I'll Cry Instead, Norwegian Wood, Can't Find My Way Home, Summertime, The Redemption, Only Love Is Real, Suggestion By Echo, Wandering In Neutral, Good To See You Gone, Crazy Movie, Diamond Filled Bouquet, You May Be The One.

Dreamwalkers Harmonic Journey 

I spoke with a professional musician and local band hero a few years ago, who told me, two part harmony is great, but if you can hit three part harmony, you are ahead of everyone in this town. Well, my Dreamwalkers, that is the goal and we began the journey in earnest this evening. Harmony is a different kind of beast to tame, as the voices need to blend and become one. Staying in your lane while exactly matching the other singers is a hypnotic gymnastic event of high difficulty, but when it works, it sounds heavenly. I am accompanied by two wonderful singers, Debbie Stern and Culynn Murdock. Debbie is a master of harmony and works with us to get the balance of voices. Culynn's style is so creative and unique, it is quite something to hear her move skillfully within the structure. It is my great privilege and joy to sing with these two fantastic voices. 

Tonight's rehearsal was facilitated by some work Tony Shepard and I did to hook up a PA and great speakers in my home studio (thank you Tony for the equipment) to create a sweet rehearsal space. It's wonderfull to really be able to hear each other. 

Tony and I pulled out some heavy hitter guitars this evening as well. Hearing Tony play the Gretsch White Falcon is always a treat, and I played my Martin D-28, the guitar I've had the longest, and certainly a classic. They sounded great. If you are wondering where bass guitar player, Bart Dellarmi is tonight, he gets an excused absence as he went to see the Rolling Stones in New York. 

We are looking for a drummer to complete the group, so if someone is out there who would like to get together with some good people who are making wonderful original and cover songs come to life, contact me.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs: Get Together (Youngbloods), Right Down The Line (Gerry Rafferty), Only Love Is Real, Wandering In Neutral, Walkin' Down The Road, Good To See You Gone.

Dreamwalkers: Magic Happened 

There are moments in life when you get a message showing you what could be, what is in the realm of possible, what can manifest. Tonight held one of those moments. Everyone has returned from their various travels and the band was together for the first time in about six weeks. Harmonizing, singing with Debbie Stern, Culynn Murdock, Bart Dellarmi and myself had magical moments. Put Tony Sheppard's gorgeous lead guitar and Debbie's keyboard and magic happened. Debbie introduced an original song to the band, "Good To See You, Gone." It is a song about divorce and was wonderful, funny, lyrical, stinging and musically engaging. We created a demo for the band to learn. It will be great to support Debbie's original material. Cullyn was in great form on Right Down The Line and my original Dreamer's Story. We sang Boys of Summer together and it was great fun. The band supported my original songs, Suggestion By Echo, Everything Is Changing and Two Insomnias. These all will be on our next album. Of course, playing the classic Youngblood's song "Get Together," was a thrill, with everyone singing beautiful harmonies on the stirring chorus, and Debbie, Culynn and I each taking one verse. We ended the evening going off the high dive by playing Judy Blue Eyes, and the potential of that song is fantastic. Who covers that? I really enjoy playing with these people. The vibe is very high.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs: Round and Round, Get Together, Right Down The Line, Boys of Summer, Dreamer's Story, Good To See You Gone, Suggestion By Echo, Everything Is Changing, Two Insomnias, Suite Judy Blue Eyes.

Cover Songs Are Fun To Play 

Dreamwalkers rehearsed Thursday evening, and we focused on cover songs. Singing with Culynn Murdock was a blast. She was really on her game this evening, and we worked up some fun covers to sing together. I'm hopeful she will take on more of the songs. Bart Dellarmi is taking more of a leadership role in crafting the sound, of which I am grateful. He hears things I don't and offers creative ideas about structuring the songs. Tony Sheppard, as always, is wonderful on lead guitar. So we had a lot of fun playing covers. The band was inspired by the recent film "Echo In the Canyon," about Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles during the mid to late 60s, and wants to incorporate that kind of vibe. I can feel the cohesiveness of our group growing. 

Sadly, Patrick Russini announced he is leaving the band. He's a very busy guy and did not have the time to devote to us. Too bad, we love him as a person, and have watched him develop musically over the time he has been with us. I'll be speaking with a potential replacement this weekend.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs: Rikki Don't Lose That Number, Right Down The Line, Boys of Summer, Secret Agent Man, Last Dance With Mary Jane, Harvest Moon, Don't Let It Bring You Down, Comfortably Numb, California Dreaming, Suggestion By Echo, Everything Is Changing.  


 

Dreamwalkers Back Together 

After a fairly long hiatus while people travelled during the summer, Dreamwalkers got back together for our first rehearsal in about a month. It was rusty going at first, but then we got into it and had fun singing and playing our own songs and covers we love. Bart Dellarmi on bass guitar and vocal harmonies adds a different flavor to the band and along with Debbie Stern is being integrated into our group. Tony Sheppard gets more brilliant every time I hear him play. Time moved quickly and here we are it's 10.30 and everyone is gone. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs: Wandering In Neutral, The Redemption, Two Insomnias, You May Be The One, Only Love Is Real, Magical Mystery Tour, Right Down The Line, Something Bout That Boy, 

Dreamwalkers Road Trip 

Dreamwalkers took a road trip to the Hideaway café in Saint Petersburg to see our friend Shaun Hopper and his band the sun kings. They were just fantastic and well we enjoyed the music we also took notes about things that we want to improve in our own performances. Shaun is a world class guitarist and has worthy partners in Paul Matthew Quin, Jay Klein, and Chris Barbosa. Well they were terrific, but it also let us know that we are pretty good too and with some strong rehearsal we can get up to speed and give a great show.

 

Dreamwalkers Evolution 

Dreamwalkers continue to get together in pieces to explore new original songs and covers, while waiting for everyone to reconvene. Band life in the summer in Florida. Culynn Murdock, Tony Sheppard and I got together this evening and worked on a few covers, Gerry Rafferty's Right Down The Line, Steely Dan's Rikki Don't Lose That Number, both with Culynn taking the lead vocals were worked on. Culynn brought in a new song, Mad Hatter. I love working on her songs, as she is very inventive with lyrics and is open to molding the music as a team. We had a lot of fun massaging the music she started with and things began to come together. I brought my song, Everything Is Changing. Tony and I have fooled around with it a little in the past, but tonight we decided on a key (C) and started putting together an arrangement. We do enjoy playing together, truly like hanging out as a group.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs: Right Down The Line, Rikki Don't Lose That Number, Mad Hatter, Everything Is Changing

1969 again 50 years Later: Summer Sounds with Guitar Wizard, Tony Sheppard 

Hey Dreamwalkers Friends and Family,

Summertime, band life in Florida. . . people are coming and going, it's a bit difficult to get strong rehearsal time with the entire band, So, we've been getting together when we can with whomever is around and hopefully in a few weeks, everyone will be ready to dive in again. Today, I had the opportunity to spend several hours with Tony Sheppard, trying out a few guitars and working on different sounds for different songs. Tony' has been using a 12 string electric Fender with his other band, Big Night Out and is getting very acclimated to the different sound. The key guitars today were the 12 string Rickenbackers, favored by people like George Harrison, Roger McGuinn of the Byrds and Tom Petty. The Rics are a challenge because the neck is smaller than on a standard guitar, so it takes a bit of getting used to and a different technique to make them ring. . . and ring they do. The Rickenbacker chime is famous on songs from the Beatles, Byrds, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. We worked on using them for covers like "Boys of Summer," "Wooden Ships," and "Take It Easy." We also experimented with "Suite, Judy Blue Eyes," from Crosby, Stills, and Nash and the Youngbloods "Get Together.". These songs are enormous fun to play and people will love them. Tony is a genius not just at playing, but at squeezing incredible tones out of the instruments using pedals and effects on the amp. The sounds I heard were magic and I'm sure we're going to bring them out by the end of summer. Lots of harmonies, chimey, beautiful guitars, great rhythm and bass. Sounds like the 1969 again fifty years later. Dreamwalkers. . . the dream is manifesting.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

 

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