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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

Porchfest on Sunday 

Hi Dreamwalkers Family and Friends,

We'd like to invite everyone to join us at Porchfest, this Sunday, October 7. Dreamwalkers Band will be playing at 2267 Arlington St., from 4-5 PM. Porchfest is such a cool event. There will be 64 bands playing in the Arlington Park area. We hope you will come say hello to our band, and also wander around a bit and take in some of the other wonderful local bands. 

Dreamwalkers Band is going play a little differently this year. We are planning on a more relaxed, acoustic vibe for our original material and cover songs. We love harmonies from Culynn Murdock, and Tony Sheppard may even bring out the Jumbo 12 string. Jeff Hocker will be exploring the possibilities bass guitar has to offer. If you like, I'll tell you some of the stories behind the songs I've written. 

Plan on having a sweet afternoon of music and community. Porchfest is kid friendly, so no reason to stay home. So put on your best tie-dyed shirt and come on out this Sunday.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker


 

 

Dreamwalkers Weekend: Album and Prep for Porchfest 

Hello Dreamwalkers Family and Friends,

I spent Saturday afternoon at Speakeasy Studio with Tony Sheppard as Dreamwalkers Band continues to make progress in the recording of our album. As we go through the process, I have more and more respect for the giants who recorded the fabulous music we love. The work is intense, tiring, but very gratifying. Of course, most of them did not have day jobs interfering with the process. As Tony said, "Wouldn't it be great to have a few weeks to just do this (record)." Yep. Our current challenge is coming up with a signature sound for the band, but having variety in that sound. Tony used several different pedals, guitars, and effects to create a variety of soundscapes in today's tracks. He made his guitar sound almost like a violin for Walkin' Down The Road. Having recording engineer, Al Torchia, to bounce things off of makes coming up with new ideas easier, as he has fresh ears for our songs. We have three songs left for Tony to complete his electric guitar work and we can move to percussion, and finally the finishing touches, harmonies, and accents. We talked about bringing my Mandocaster (an electric Mandolin shaped like a Stratocaster) into the mix, and Al has a glockenspiel he wants to add to one of our songs. Songs are like children in that they come out of nowhere and have a developmental journey. Watching my songs grow up is quite an event.

Tomorrow, we have our final prep for the gig at Porchfest. It's always fun to play, but game speed is very different from practice speed, so we are using this time to sharpen up for the gig. We are going to review our setlist and get ready. A reminder, our schedule was changed. We will be at 2267 Arlington St. from 4-5 PM on Sunday, October 7. We hope everyone will come to this very fun event and support local music.The local bands are really terrific and it's free and kid friendly.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Today's Songs: The Redemption, 12 Years Later, Walkin' Down The Road.

Chalk Festival Postponed Due to Health Concerns: Red Tide 

Red Tide took out our Chalk Festival. The Red Tide/Algal Bloom was unprecedented in scope, destroying sea life in this area for a long time and I could do a huge rant about my rage regarding the horrible people behind this outrageous outbreak. It smells awful and is dangerous to health. Anyway, Dreamwalkers Band is invited to play when it is rescheduled and will keep you posted.

Here's the message from the Festival organizers.

Hello Performers,

The Chalk Festival and the Pavement Music Festival will be rescheduled due to the Red Tide threats.  During the past two weeks, discussions between the Chalk Festival organizers with Mote Marine, Sarasota County, Venice airport officials, the health department, financial backers and more, finally concluded to reschedule the event.  Health and safety of the participants and the public were the biggest concerns.  The Chalk Festival and the Pavement Music Festival will be rescheduled for late winter or early spring.  We will let you know when a decision is made. 

We appreciate your willingness to perform with us and would like for you to perform at the rescheduled event if you would be available.  Let me know that you received this message and if you would like to be contacted to perform at the rescheduled event.  We hope the rescheduling will not be a major inconvenience with you.

I'm not very peaceful about this Red Tide thing,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Recording Session with Tony Sheppard 

Hey Dreamwalkers Family and Friends,

Today, Tony Sheppard and I ventured to Speakeasy Recording Studio to begin the process of laying down Tony's electric guitar tracks. Tony is like a secret weapon. He lays back and seems unassuming, but in the crucial moment, he lets loose and can play just about anything with grace, power, and heart. I felt privileged to experience this session with Tony and Recording Engineer, Al Torchia. As we moved through the songs, I had several reactions. My first and most powerful reaction was the wish for all of you to hear this man play guitar. I get to play with him up close on a regular basis, but, knowing todays work would be available for everyone to hear was heart warming. I began to remember songs still alive in the soundtrack of my youth, and pondered how they were made. I felt much awe and gratitude for the efforts of the musical geniuses who consistently delighted our ears and soothed and enlightened our hearts. We certainly stand on the shoulders of giants. Let me assure you, the energy it takes to write a great song and then manifest it is staggering. The process of the three of us putting our heads and ears together to get different variations of cool sounds was also quite invigorating. It was a time to stretch our creativity and experimentation. In the end, the tracks sounded great and I can't wait until the album is finished to share with all of you. Much thanks to Al Torchia, who has a great ear, and of course it is my privilege and joy to be in a band with Tony Sheppard.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs for Today: Crazy Movie, You May Be The One, Machiavelli's Daughter, Only Love Is Real, Diamond Filled Bouquet

Dreamwalkers Porchfest Revised Schedule 

Hello to all our Dreamwalkers Family and Friends. The schedule for our performance at Porchfest has been changed from 6 PM to 4 PM. As far as we know we will be at the same venue, 2267 Arlington St., Sarasota.  

The band had a great rehearsal today, as we selected songs to play for Porchfest. We will have an hour to play and look forward to meeting and greeting all of you. Porchfest is a wonderful community music event and I encourage everyone to come out.  

We will be back at Speakeasy Studio this weekend, as we are continuing to put the basic tracks down on our album. Tony Sheppard will bring his guitar magic to the effort.  

Peace, 

Dr Dreamwalker

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