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Dreamwalkers Recording Session #2 

Today, Dreamwalkers moved forward with recording our album. We continue to build the foundation of our songs. Last week we completed drums and bass guitar for six songs. Today, we put rhythm acoustic guitars and some electric guitar work on the songs. Culynn Murdock began to put vocal tracks on her song, "Wandering In Neutral." Today, I experienced the magic of putting beautiful 6 and 12 string acoustic guitars in unison to create wonderful rhythm tracks. I also played my Rickenbacker 12 string to provide sounds reminiscent of the Byrds and a 60s vibe to my song,"The Redemption." Tony Sheppard began the task of creating lead guitar for our songs. We used two very cool Fender Tube Amplifiers to give us a spectacular electric sound. All in all, the day was exhausting but went quickly and smoothly. The songs are taking shape and I am optimistic.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Begin Recording Album at Speakeasy Studios 

Dreamwalkers Band began recording out first album Sunday at Speakeasy Studios in Parrish, Florida. Al Torchia of the Tattered Saints and Speakeasy Recording Studios is our engineer for this effort and we had a hardworking but very pleasant and productive day in the studio. Our goal was to generate rhythm tracks (drums and bass guitar) for at least six songs and we met our goal. The recordings we heard were clean and powerful, so I was very happy with today's work. 

We had to do a little experimenting to find what worked for us as a band in the studio. I've never done this before and studio recording is a different animal than performing or making demos. We tried a click track and it just about drove me up the wall, so Al put me in another room (turned out it was his two year old's bedroom, apropos, I thought) to sing scratch or ghost tracks to give drummer Jeff Dillon something to play against. Once we got the hang of it, the process went fairly smoothly. Culynn Murdock joined us to sing her songs, and it was like the two of us were at the little kids table at dinner. Singing the same song several times was challenging at times, as we were only placeholders, to assist in the recording process. In the end, it was gratifying to me to hear the tracks as the session unfolded. 

Once we hit six songs, Jeff Hocker took over and began recording bass guitar tracks. Since we already had the scratch tracks, I could relax. There was a glitch in the Logic Pro digital audio workstation, but a quick call to our friend, Pat Russini, gave us the path to reset the program and move forward. Thank you, Patrick! Jeff was able to go through all six songs and our session ended. Eight hours in a time warp. Time was speeded up and slowed down depending upon what was going on in the moment. 

All in all I wound up exhausted, but happy. We had what I call "Hard Fun." We will meet again next weekend to continue (none of us quit our day jobs). 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Songlist

Diamond Filled Bouquet written by Richard Schulman

Machiavelli's Daughter written by Richard Schulman

You May Be The One written by Richard Schulman and Tony Sheppard

Wandering In Neutral written by Culynn Murdock

A Dreamer's Story written by Richard Schulman

The Redemption written by Richard Schulman


Sabrosa Closing 

On July 12 Dreamwalkers played our last performance at Sabrosa prior to the closing of the venue. We thank owner, Shannon Lugannini, and his staff for being so supportive and welcoming during our gigs. We wish Shannon success in his next venture, which I'm told is being a father. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Recording This Weekend 

Dreamwalkers are rehearsed and ready to go into the studio to record our first album. The arrangements have been organized and rehearsed as a full band, but studio work is done in layers, so this will be a new experience for us as a band. We have chosen 10 original songs to be recorded for the effort, with all of our band's song writers represented. Debbie Stern has graciously agreed to help out with the arrangement and singing of vocal harmonies. I am very encouraged by the level of playing during the most recent rehearsals and we are all excited to get underway.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker


 

Dreamwalking You Home or Dreaming Out Loud? 

Dreamwalkers rehearsal on Sunday focused on preparing for recording our album in a few weeks. I began using the pedal board to create new sounds with my acoustic guitars, and added a 12 string acoustic guitar. The 12 string provides a very full sound and at times feels a little like having a piano in your lap. I was impressed by the power of the instrument to add different flavors to our sound.

We will be playing all of the songs we intend to record at our next gig at Sabrosa on Thursday, July 12. Tentative titles for the album are Dreamwalking You Home and Dreaming Out Loud. Let us know the title you prefer or suggest another one and you could win a Dreamwalkers t-shirt. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker



 

Dreamwalkers Prepare to Record CD 

Dreamwalkers Band rehearsed Sunday afternoon with the express purpose of preparing to record our first CD, tentatively titled, "Dreamwalking You Home." The album will consist of original material written by Jeff Hocker, Culynn Murdock, Tony Sheppard, and Dr Dreamwalker. We are very excited to get into the studio, and as we organize, I am reminded to appreciate all the great artists and music engineers who have given us so much. Some of the process is simple, some complicated, none of it easy. Asking me to choose the songs that will be on the record and those to exclude is excruciating, sort of like asking who my favorite child is, but some constriction must take place in order to manifest. All in all, we had a very productive and focused time arranging some of our favorite songs. There is an odd feeling of a "greatest hits" album, which sounds silly, as this is our first album, however, we've been playing the songs for a while, so they are very familiar to us. We hope to begin the recording sessions by the end of the month. 

In addition, Dreamwalkers will be back at Sabrosa on July 12 @ 8 PM. We thoroughly enjoy playing at Sabrosa, a cool place for music, food, and drink and hope to see our Dreamwalkers Family and Friends there.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker


 

Summer Solstice at Sabrosa 

Dreamwalkers celebrated Summer Solstice at Sabrosa last Thursday. We had the pleasure of violin/mandolin player, John Reynolds, sitting in with us. John's playing brought a counterpoint to the leads of guitar player, Tony Sheppard and added the heart shaking quality of his instruments and playing to the mix. Thank you, John. The friendly audience responded strongly to covers of Rikki Don't Lose That Number and Secret Agent Man, and our new original tune, Suggestion By Echo. We always have a great time at Sabrosa, and thank Shannon Lugganini for inviting us back. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Setlist

 

Set 1

Diamond Filled Bouquet written by Richard Schulman

Only Love Is Real written by Richard Schulman

Harvest Moon

12 Years Later written by Richard Schulman

Road Song  written by Tony Sheppard

Last Dance With Mary Jane 

Dolphin by written by Jeff Hocker

Redemption written by Richard Schulman

 

Set  2

Norwegian Wood 

Time To Fly written by Richard Schulman

Wondering In Neutral written by Culynn Murdock

California Dreamin'  

Crazy Movie written by Richard Schulman

Machiavelli’s Daughter written by Richard Schulman

Rikki Don’t Lose That Number 

With A Little Help From My Friends  

Two Insomnias written by Richard Schulman

 

Set 3  

Walkin’ Down The Road written by Richard Schulman

Can’t Find My Way Home

You May Be The One written by Richard Schulman and Tony Sheppard

Secret Agent Man 

Suggestion By Echo written by Richard Schulman

Dreamwalkers Play at Sun 'N Fun For Fundraiser 

Dreamwalkers Band played Sunday at the Chili Cook-Off at the Sun 'N Fun RV Resort in support of stroke survivor Bernard Gaines. While the heat and humidity were stifling (it's Florida in mid June) and the venue akin to playing inside an airplane hangar, we had great sound support from Pascal, so all obstacles were overcome and we had great time. Bernard, who speaks with the aid of a computer, is a remarkable man had a chance to share his gratitude. The place was filled with love and support and we took the opportunity to play "With A Little Help From My Friends," at that moment. 

Bernard said he felt like he was part of the band. Here's a photo of him receiving a Dreamwalkers t-shirt. 

Many Dreamwalkers Family showed up in support of this worthy cause. Sarasota Guitar Legend and friend, Lenny Brooks came to support Bernard and said hello during a break.

There were at least 12 kinds of Chili and a bunch of desserts as well. I heard Bert's chili was great, but find it hard to eat anything while we are in playing mode.

Here are Bernard and his wife expressing gratitude for the outpouring of love and support.

Dreamwalkers set-list:

Diamond Filled Bouquet (written by Richard Schulman)

Norwegian Wood

Only Love Is Real (written by Richard Schulman)

Harvest Moon

Time To Fly (written by Richard Schulman)

Wandering In Neutral (written by Culynn Murdock)

California Dreamin' 

The Redemption (written by Richard Schulman)

The Road Song (written by Tony Sheppard)

Crazy Movie (written by Richard Schulman)

With A Little Help From My Friends

Machiavelli's Daughter (written by Richard Schulman)

Rikki Don't Lose That Number

Child's Play (written by Richard Schulman)

12 Years Later (written by Richard Schulman)

Two Insomnias (written by Richard Schulman)

Dolphin (written by Jeff Hocker)

Can't Find My Way Home

You May Be The One (written by Richard Schulman and Tony Sheppard)

Secret Agent Man

My personal favorites were Culynn's singing on You May Be The One, Tony's guitar on Can't Find My Way Home, JD's drumming on Two Insomnias, and Jeff's Dolphin, I am always grateful to get through the keyboard part of Dolphin without incident. Probably the most fun was Secret Agent Man, where we channel the early 60s and blast away. 

Thanks to Cindy Ervin for organizing the event and inviting the band, Carla Henshaw for filming the songs and making some tasty chili, Pascal, who created a great sound despite the difficult conditions, and my incredible bandmates, Jeff Dillon, Jeff Hocker, Culynn Murdock, and Tony Sheppard, who always show up big. 

I will be posting videos in the Video section of this website. Hope to see everyone at Sabrosa on June 21 for  Summer Solstice Party.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers To Play Chili Cook-Off Benefit 

Dreamwalkers had our last rehearsal prior to the Chili Cook-Off Benefit for Stroke survivor Bernard Gaines. We had a lot of fun rehearsing and look forward to playing this Sunday, June 10 from 3-6 PM at the Sun 'N Fun RV Resort located at 7125 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. We need all our Dreamwalkers Friends and Family to show up and support this cause. Bring your chili and compete or just come and eat. Kids under 12 eat free. You can buy a ticket at the door or call Cindy 941-807-7806 for entry forms. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker


 

 

Dreamwalkers Reminder. . . June 10 

Welcome to June my Dreamwalkers Family and Friends. I greet you from sunny and dry Arizona where I am embracing a much needed vacation. We've made it to June and I'm reminded that on the 10th of this month we are having a Chili Cook-Off to benefit one of our own, stroke survivor, Bernard Gaines. Dreamwalkers will be playing on that Sunday afternoon at the Sun N' Fun Pavillion in support of Bernard, and I'd like all of our Dreamwalkers Family and Friends to come out. If you like to cook, get into the spirit and put your chili to the test. Compete with other chili fanatics. If you just like to eat, that's a little easier. It will be kid friendly and children under 12 eat for free. Please call Cindy 941-807-7806 or contact me for entry forms and tickets to the event.  The band is stoked and ready to play. We need your help for Bernard.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

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