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Dreamwalkers Album: Recording Complete. . . Master Engineer on Board 

This was a big day in Dreamwalkers history. Tony Sheppard and I recorded the last guitar track for our album. It's in the can. That's the good news. The better news is our drummer, Patrick Russini, is a Master Engineer. Pat came over to tweak the mixes I did, and while I am a very advanced amateur, he is a pro, and I was in awe of the effects he got with what seemed like small moves. Pat is on board to go through all the tracks with me and make the big/small moves that will take the project from sounding great to sounding professional. We will be working on it next week and my feeling is we will have a great album when we are finished.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Musical Odyssey: Day 3 

To get everyone up to speed, due to my issues with attention (check out the song Diamond Filled Bouquet when the Dreamwalkers album is released), I wound up with my week off filled with great concerts. While some were happy accidents of performers I love playing one after the other, there were one of two shows I'll be attending born of distraction, not that I am complaining. 

So, Day 3, Sunday, was perhaps the most gratifying day of all. I got to rehearse with Dreamwalkers Band. The band is focusing on the songs from our album and a few covers, targeting an album party in the near future. It's just so much fun to play and sing with my bandmates. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs: Crazy Movie, Diamond Filled Bouquet, Machiavelli's Daughter, The Redemption, You May Be The One, Wandering In Neutral, 12 Years Later, Dolphin, Walkin' Down The Road, Only Love Is Real, Right Down The Line, Rikki Don't Lose That Number

Next Task: Sequencing 

So we have recorded, mixed, and mastered. We have an album cover. Next is the sequencing of songs on the album. When I was first introduced to music, singles were king. I remember a time when The Beatles had the top five songs on the charts. Then albums took over. We are at a time where singles via mp3 purchases are again strong but I think in terms of an album. The songs have to tell a story and be sonically linked to provide an uplifting, ultimately intriguing experience. It’s an N of one experiment as once it’s out there it’s out there. So Jeff Hocker and I are now wrestling with our ear fatigue and a wish to wrap it up and move forward. You’ll know how it ends up soon.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker 

Dreamwalkers Album: Almost Home 

Here is the prototype for the Dreamwalkers Album cover. My son, Daniel Schulman, head of Schulman Media, used the photograph I took at Chichen-Itza and the logo I made from my photograph of the eclipse in 2017 and voila, this appeared. We may tweak it a little, but it looks pretty cool to me. I received the revised bass line from Jeff Hocker for Dreamer's Story and it's just fabulous. Waiting on one more lead guitar track for Diamond Filled Bouquet and recording is done. An album is about to be born.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers: Performance Rehearsals 

Dreamwalkers got together Sunday to re-start rehearsals which have taken a bit of a back seat due to a number of reasons, including album production. We are back in the pocket getting reconnected to live performance values and had a lot of "hard fun" in doing so. Hard fun is my idea that one must work intensively at what one loves in order to create excellence, but without the passion and commitment, hard "work" just won't suffice. We added a few songs to the set list and I think everyone left the session feeling happy. We will be playing out for sure as soon as the album is in our hands.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs: It Don't Come Easy, Crazy Movie, Diamond Filled Bouquet, Machiavelli's Daughter, Only Love Is Real, You May Be The One, Wandering In Neutral, Walkin' Down The Road, 12 Years Later, Time To Let Your Sun Shine, Harvest, Right Down The Line

Dreamwalkers Album. . . Almost There 

Greetings Dreamwalkers Family and Friends, I spent the beginning of Saturday working with Jeff Hocker at Dreamwalkers Studio to mix and master two of the remaining songs for the album. The job is exacting and at the same time creative. Later in the day, I put on my recording engineer's hat and recorded lead guitar tracks. I am grateful for my brilliant friend, guitar virtuoso Tony Sheppard for his spectacular contribution to our Dreamwalkers album. We are very close to completion of all the recording tracks on our album. Nine of the 11 tracks have been mixed and mastered and we are feeling optimistic about meeting our goal of having an album by the end of February. Judging by my expression, it’s just in time. Peace, Dr. Dreamwalker

Songs: Diamond Filled Bouquet; Walkin' Down The Road; A Dreamer's Story
 

Dreamwalkers Album: Studio Report 

Hey all you Dreamwalkers out there, I'm here to let you know we are making some excellent progress on the album, and I'm optimistic we can meet our goal of having it done by the end of February. We are at the mastering stage for six out of the eleven songs planned for the record, and the results are remarkable. Crafting each song with Jeff Hocker is a great experience. The technology is so impressive. We don't have to be in the same room, we can just send the tracks and our impressions through the nano universe to each other. Given our busy schedules, this makes the task much more efficient. The trick is to have a signature sound without making every song the same. The album will be a journey through our musical passions, original songs ranging from classic rock tunes, to jazz influenced numbers, a little country, and even a touch of a (gasp) new age kind sound. All are tied together by our wish to explore the mystery of why we are on the planet, and how things unfold the way they do in the dance of humanity. We also have fun with it. I'll keep you posted. 

Peace, 

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs: Crazy Movie, You May Be The One, Only Love Is Real, Machiavelli's Daughter, Wandering In Neutral, and The Redemption

Heading Home: Let’s Finish The Album 

Well I’m heading back to Florida this evening from the frigid northeast, and looking forward to completing our album. It’s been a very restful few days including long naps in the afternoon, but being up at night, I’ve had a chance to take in a few video lessons regarding mixing and mastering. While I’m not going to reinvent the wheel, there are a few relatively simple things I’ve learned that I believe will make a difference in our final product. I’ll begin working on them tomorrow and will take some time on the plane to organize my thoughts to manifest them. I suspect many of the techniques are less detectable from an auditory point of view but more important from an overview of the emotional experience of the song. It has occurred to me that the summation of many small things may result in a significant improvement in the end. See you back in Florida. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker 

Another Really Good Evening in the Studio 

Hey Dreamwalkers out there. I had a most amazing experience working with Tony Sheppard, as he laid down the tracks for lead guitar on Culynn Murdock's song, "Wandering In Neutral" Monday evening. Tony made sounds sweet as chocolate ice cream that pulled on the stings of my heart. It was my privilege to be the midwife to the integration of all the elements of her beautiful song. It sounds fantastic and is close to being a finished mix. Wandering In Neutral will be moving on to mastering very soon. Yes, another really good day, or in this case, evening, in the studio. 

Peace,

(A really excited and tired) Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Album: A Very Good Day 

It's a bit of a shaggy dog story. . . our drummer quits and takes his drum tracks with him. We have click tracks for all the songs but one, and the timing of that song is next to impossible to duplicate because the drummer was unhappy and didn't give a rip about timing. So we had to come up with new rhythm tracks, and our resourceful bass guitar player, Jeff Hocker did so. In this process, Culynn Murdock's wonderful song, Wandering In Neutral was transformed. Her task was to re-sing it differently, after singing it in a certain style for quite a long time. Well, let me tell you, she knocked the roof off our Dreamwalkers studio today and the song is going to be great. Lead guitarist, Tony Sheppard, revealed his brilliance, and I believe when the album is released he will be seen as an elite player. I am so lucky to be with such talented and creative souls. I got to use some of the engineering skills I've amassed over the years, as we have the capability of getting things to line up just so, in the computer.  We have a little more to go to complete the recording process, and the more I hear of what's coming together musically, the more excited I get about our project.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker


 

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