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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


 

Dreamwalkers Album: The Mixing Has Begun 

This afternoon, I had the experience of sitting down with Jeff Hocker and starting the mixing process for Dreamwalkers album. We received drum tracks from session drummer, Dave Dolnick, loaded them onto the Logic Pro X platform and began our journey. We are a good team. Jeff has a great ear, and I trust his musical sensibilities. All those years I spent recording demos and learning tricks to facilitate better mixes are coming into play. The tracks are sounding good and I am optimistic we can finish in a timely fashion. There will be a few tweaks here and there, and likely a few tracks will have to be re-recorded, but for the most part, the vibrations are, so to speak, in the bank. Stay tuned.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Happy New Year Dreamwalkers  

2018 was an eventful year for Dreamwalkers Band. We changed drummers, played out a bit, and engaged the process to record an album. The recording is close to complete, and we will be able to mix and master the tracks in a few weeks. It was quite a learning curve, but we are getting comfortable living in the ambiguity of having to figure things out on the fly. The tracks sound great, by the way. We'd like to thank all those wonderful people who supported us in 2018, notably, Debbie Stern, Al Torchia, Shannon Luganini, David Dolnick, Cindy Martz, Bernard Gaines, and Kali Dass. I'd like to thank my brilliant bandmates, Jeff Hocker, Tony Sheppard, Culynn Murdock and Pat Russini. 2019 should be exciting, lots of creation, and going public.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Album: Keyboards Day 

Today was Keyboards recording day at Dreamwalkers studio. Dreamwalkers album is blessed to have Debbie Stern adding vocal harmonies and keyboards. Today we worked on keyboards for four of our songs, Diamond Filled Bouquet, Walkin' Down The Road, The Redemption, and 12 Years Later. I had a blast engineering the recording, while Debbie Stern, Jeff Hocker and I worked out arrangements for each song. Debbie had some very creative ideas for keyboards. Jeff and I monitored the levels and I managed to do some preliminary mixes. Everything sounds good and we are moving forward.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Recording an Album: Snail's Pace to Reaching For The Sky, It's a Trip 

Being in a band with incredibly talented people who didn't quit their day jobs is quite a trip. One moment, I feel like we are moving at a snail's pace, and then we are reaching for the sky. There is a rule in psychology: the closer one gets to ta goal, the more frustrating any obstacle becomes. We are getting close to our first goal, that of laying down the tracks. Then comes mixing and mastering. we are close, and I'm sticking to my goal of having all the initial tracks ready for mixing by January 1, but I guess I didn't say what year. 

Yesterday's rehearsal was great fun. Pat Russini is getting more comfortable as drummer, and everyone else was cooking. Tony Sheppard was just plain unconscious good and Culynn Murdock's good spirits were reflected in creative takes on the songs. Jeff Hocker and I spent a few hours going over Logic Pro X on his new computer, and I am in a sense back in school, reviewing mixing and mastering techniques. I don't take Jeff's brilliant bass playing for granted, he's consistently wonderful. 

Well, Dreamwalkers family and friends, at times, I feel like I have to climb up to that tiny Moon in the photograph, and other times, it's just a few steps to the top of the site. Perhaps a little bit of both. Enjoy the holiday season, you can still say "Merry Christmas" if it works for you, Happy Hanukah or whatever winter solstice time event is yours. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs: Crazy Movie, Diamond Filled Bouquet, Machiavelli's Daughter, Only Love Is Real, Walkin' Down The Road, Wandering In Neutral, You May Be The One, The Redemption,  A Dreamer's Story, No Footprints In The Snow, 12 Years Later, Can't Find My Way Home, Pride, Harvest Moon, Secret Agent Man

Putting The Dreamwalkers Album Together 

Good evening, Dreamwalkers Family and Friends,

We spent the afternoon recording, finishing some songs, and getting close with others. I did the engineering and relied upon the musical acumen of Jeff Hocker to help guide the sound. Today's session featured lead guitar tracks by Tony Sheppard, and vocals from Culynn Murdock. Tony is a brilliant (and patient) musician. We went through many takes for the leads on Only Love Is Real looking for the right vibe. Culynn sang the lead for her original song, Wandering In Neutral, and it's a winner. I love her voice. She will be working on harmonies over the next few days. Tony finished the lead guitar for Wandering in Neutral as well. Amazing outside people have been showing up to help. We have started working with a violin player, and several percussionists. Debbie Stern, who has done a great job with harmonies, will be adding some keyboards over the next few weeks. What once seemed daunting, now looks like something doable, that is, having all the tracks recorded by the end of the year so we can begin mixing and mastering. I'm excited, and the tracks sound really sweet. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker


 

Dreamwalkers: Mixing Tunes 

Jeff Hocker and I sat down this afternoon and made our first foray into making our songs album ready. Mixing many tracks is quite an art form. Not only do you have to be able to hear every individual track, you have to have a bigger auditory of vision of how they fit together. There are three dimensions to consider: of course volume of each instrument or voice; panning or placement in the track; and depth, including reverb and echo. Microphones are dead environments until you create the inner world. Reverb and echo give your ears information about a sense of place. In an ordinary environment, sounds bounce off the walls and other structures and let you know where things are. We have to create it in the mixing environment. What great fun to create the world of a song. Will be sending out a few snippets soon.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Weekend: Moving Forward 

Jeff Hocker and I met with drummer, David Dolnick, on Sunday to listen to the tracks he's laid down so far. He seems to have found the vibe we are looking for and we are very excited about moving forward with Dave on the album. Jeff came over to Richtone studio this evening to work on some additional bass lines for the album. I have had a chance to re-record vocals on a few songs. It's still new to be able to record at a high level at home and we are excited by the new musical opportunities.

Over the weekend, I had a chance to jam with my friend, Bass Guitar player, Bart Dellarmi. Bart related how impressed he was with the progress we've made on the album. I expect he will be sitting in with Dreamwalkers, and he and I will likely work on some original songs together. Bart has been a musical friend, and well, just a good friend, for years, so it was great to catch up with him and play some tunes.

The album is coming together. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Reflecting on a Dreamwalkers Thanksgiving. 

We have so much to be thankful for. The addition of Patrick Russini on drums provided a breath of fresh air to our group and I personally had so much fun playing during our last rehearsal. I believe Pat is the glue who will solidify our band. Regarding the album, people have emerged from the woodwork to help us make our album special. Debbie Stern, David Dolnick, Al Torchia, and Shaun Hopper are all adding their spectacular skills to our effort. My son, Daniel Schulman of Schulman Media, is working with me on cover art for the album. I started doing some preliminary mixing to get a sense of what we have and I am so excited about what is unfolding. The target for completion of the recording process is December 31, and then we work on mixing and mastering. I am grateful for bandmates, Jeff Hocker, Tony Sheppard, Culynn Murdock, and Patrick Russini for being my partners in this endeavor. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

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