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Guitar Heaven: Hanging with Shaun Hopper and Tony Sheppard 

This evening was special for me. I got to hang out with my two favorite guitar players, as Shaun Hopper came down from Pinellas to visit, and Tony Sheppard joined us for an impromptu jam and dinner. If you've never heard Shaun, go up on Youtube and give yourself a treat. While in my mind, the word great is overused, not so with Shaun Hopper. He is truly a virtuoso guitar player. Our own Tony Sheppard is no slouch either and the two traded licks for a while, and then I got to strum on Norwegian Wood, while they picked gorgeous notes. I'm hoping Shaun will come down more often, and perhaps sit in with the band. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker


 

Dreamwalkers Sound Is Unfolding and Evolving 

I just returned from Dreamwalkers pre-performance rehearsal. Singers Pamela Clements and Culynn Murdock add something special to our band. We have been making new arrangements to best promote the wonderful resource of their voices. My dream (as Dr Dreamwalker I have my own dreams as well) has been to have harmonies for my songs. I'm loving the sound that is unfolding and evolving. I invite our Dreamwalkers Family to the show on Friday, February 2 from 8-11 at Sabrosa. We have some new things we've been working on to share and the sound is growing. You'll hear new material from Tony Sheppard and Jeff Hocker and the great drumming of Jeff Dillon. Come out to this cool venue, eat and drink, hear the music, catch the vibe and have some fun. Be part of our Dreamwalkers Family. Did I mention we had a blast last time? We have a blast every time. As someone once said, "A splendid time is guaranteed for all." 

Peace, 

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Vocal Rehearsal  

Monday evening I met with Pamela Clements and Culynn Murdock to begin the labor of love that results in beautiful harmonies. Harmonies require planning, precision, balance, and cohesiveness. So we went to work. There was a lot of carryover from yesterday's practice as we had some really sweet moments. It was my great joy to sing with two wonderful female voices on California Dreamin', which now will be back in our setlist. Hearing my original songs with the additional voices was quite a thrill. I am looking forward to continued growth as we become accustomed to singing together and our new Dreamwalkers absorb the songs and make them their own. We may be a work in progress, but we made great progress. Bravo Pamela and Culynn.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Soaring Harmonies 

Dreamwalkers rehearsal Sunday afternoon was devoted to integrating the wonderful voices of Pamela Clements and Culynn Murdock into our band. At times it seemed to be like a dream for me to hear the soaring harmonies, and to know the possibilities that are within our grasp to make beautiful music. I am grateful to my bandmates, Jeff Dillon, Jeff Hocker, and Tony Sheppard for getting us to the point where the inner auditory "vision" I heard years ago may now manifest in real time. I hope our Dreamwalkers Family will come out to Sabrosa on February 2 and 9 to hear what we are up to. 

Peace, 

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Invited Back to Sabrosa 

Dreamwalkers have been invited back to Sabrosa on Friday, February 2 and 9. We would love to have our Dreamwalkers Family join us for the magic, the music, great food and drink at a very cool venue.

Peace,

 

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers at Sabrosa #2 

Dreamwalkers played at Sabrosa, yesterday evening. Several of our Dreamwalkers Family were out to support the band on a very cold night (by Florida standards anyway). At this point in our development, performances are a great opportunity to learn and get comfortable with each other in front of people who are a mix of friends and people who don't know us. For me, the highlight of the show was Jeff Hocker's "Dolphin." The band really connected with the vibe of the song and it's power and beauty were starting to be revealed in real time. Bravo, Jeff Hocker. I loved Jeff Dillon's drumming on Two Insomnias. It's not really a solo exactly, but he becomes the star and he really went for it. I appreciated the vocal help from Pamela Clements, and we will see where she takes this in the future. I think she's brave to get up in front of people with just a few rehearsals. Tony Sheppard's lead guitar on Redemption was fantastic, and I had perhaps the most fun singing during the Tom Petty medley at the end. Hey it's music, it's always fun. We hope to be invited back to Sabrosa, as it's a cool place to play. Check out the videos up in the video section, and I thank Carla Henshaw for taking the videos and sharing them with us.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers: New Harmonies 

Dreamwalkers held our Sunday rehearsal in anticipation of our performance Thursday, January 18, from 8-11 at Sabrosa. We worked hard and had fun. Hey, we are playing music, it's always fun. Pamela Clements sang with us and will be helping with vocals and harmonies. We are happy she found her way to us. Pam is certainly a quick study and an asset to the band. We are feeling comfortable with the new songs from Jeff Hocker and Tony Sheppard and look forward to playing them Thursday evening. Jeff Dillon had strong energy on drums, and insightful suggestions about how to arrange the songs. As always, my musical companion, Jeff Hocker is there to steady the ship, and make sure I stay on the planet while we are playing. I do tend to get very absorbed in the tunes. All of my bandmates are supportive, creative, and talented. I invite the Dreamwalkers Family to come out on Thursday evening to hear the music, have some food and drink, say hello, and enjoy the evening. See you there, my friends. 

Peace, 

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Family 

As I was thinking back to our gig at Sabrosa on January 4, what struck me was how many of our friends have come out to most or all of our performances. As I moved through the venue during breaks meeting and greeting our friends or while watching people dancing and having a good time while we were playing, it struck me, something interesting was happening. Sarasota used to be a very cool place, but it seems over the past few years, we have lost some of our edge. This is despite the fact there are incredibly talented local musicians playing here every night. It occurred to me it's up to us to generate a Dreamwalkers Family, facilitating fun, inspiring creativity, and providing an avenue of expression. After all, most of my generation is listening to music written before 1975. We are writing songs now for a Dreamwalkers Family, whether refugees from the 60s and 70s, or just cool people of all ages looking for like minds. Hope to see our Dreamwalkers Family on January 18 at Sabrosa. We want to connect with you.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Post-Gig Rehearsal 

Sunday afternoon, Dreamwalkers Band met for our post-gig practice. We were flowing with ideas and responses to our performance. . . what worked, what didn't, and what changes we wanted to make. My experience has been at this point in our band's development, we learn more from one gig than many practices. We spent time Sunday on vocals, adding harmonies from Pamela Clements, who did a great job right out of the box. I love harmonies and am happy to have someone to sing with. Tony Sheppard and Jeff Hocker worked on Jeff's song, Dolphin, and we looked at possibilities for expansion of the setlist with original tunes and covers we love to play. Jeff Dillon couldn't be with us today, so we used our old digital drummer Jerome. Perfect timing, but lifeless, don't think Jeff has to worry about a robot taking over his seat. We are looking forward to our performance on January 18 at Sabrosa and hoping that our Dreamwalkers "family" will come out to enjoy the music, the venue, and support the band. 

Peace, 

Dr Dreamwalker

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