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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

Dreamwalkers Report From The Studio 

Hello Dreamwalkers Family and Friends,

Another long studio day revealed some real gems of songs unfolding. Today's star was Culynn Murdock. Jeff Hocker and I started the day by re-recording the backing tracks for "You May Be The One," written by myself and Tony Sheppard. Culynn's vocal performance was absolutely superb, so heartfelt I was moved to tears. I've heard the song many times before, but not like this. She took the bridge on "Machiavelli's Daughter and was fabulous. She sang my original composition, "A Dreamer's Story," and once again was terrific. However, for me, the highlight of the day was hearing Culynn singing her original song, "Wandering In Neutral." The lyrics are so cool, the tune is catchy, and her voice is magical. Being in the studio and having a chance to hear her sing without having to concentrate on my playing allowed me to truly absorb how wonderful her voice is. Tony Sheppard arrived and did electric guitar wizardry for "Crazy Movie." We are planning on giving him a day next week to lay down electric guitar tracks on all the songs. Jeff Hocker has made great strides in the completion of his original song, Dolphin. He shared his progress with us and I was blown away. I even had the chance to take out my Rickenbacker 12 string to play on "The Redemption." The album, tentatively titled "Dreaming Out Loud," is something we feel very optimistic and excited about. The tracks are evolving beautifully. 

Songlist for today:

You May Be The One

Machiavelli's Daughter

A Dreamer's Story

Wandering In Neutral

Crazy Movie

The Redemption

 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

P.S. While lugging amplifiers and guitars into the studio, I had the thought, I know I'm getting older when I need a roadie more than a groupie.

Dreamwalkers to Play Porchfest, October 7 

Hi Dreamwalkers Family and Friends,

We have been assigned a home for Porchfest. Dreamwalkers will be at 2267 Arlington St. We play from 6-7 PM on Sunday Oct 7. 64 bands will be taking part in the Arlington Park area. We had a lot of fun playing last year. It's a great event so come on out and join together with the band.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Album Taking Shape 

Hello Dreamwalkers family and friends, this is Dr Dreamwalker blogging from Rohnert Park California. I spent some of the day getting over my fear of heights by zip lining hundreds of feet through the Sonoma County canopy course. It was exhilarating and confidence building. Recording engineer, Al Torchia, sent me the raw tracks that have been worked on by myself and bass player, Jeff Hocker. As a first listener, I am very optimistic. When sharing them with a few people here, I got more optimistic. It’s an amazing experience to feel the songs taking shape one layer at a time.  This experience is also exhilarating and confidence building. We are putting a beautiful sound puzzle together and it feels sometimes like we’re hooking onto a cable and zipping through the songs. I will keep everyone posted. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Hello From San Francisco, Dreamwalkers Album Moving Forward 

Greetings Dreamwalkers family, I am blogging from just south of San Francisco, California. Kali Dass and I spent the day by the Golden Gate Bridge and had a spectacular time. While we were there, I received the good news that our bass guitar player, Jeff Hocker, had a great day laying down bass tracks for the album. He completed eight of the 11 songs and communicated to me that they are sounding really good. 

I’m already feeling great relief and joy from being in my Home away from home here in California, and I am looking forward to completing the album when I return home.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

 

Lots of Changes 

I received a very cool photograph from my friend Danny Marr. Danny and his family have been with us for a long time. In fact it's because of Danny and Debbie we include Harvest Moon in our set. Thanks so much my friends. That picture looks like it was from a long time ago because things are so different now, but actually it was only a few months ago. Back in the studio on Sunday. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Recording Progressing, Drummer Added to Lineup For Album 

Hi Dreamwalkers Family,

We have made excellent progress in moving forward with recording the Dreamwalkers album. I finished all of my lead singing tracks today. I guess experience helps. I had fun with the process, and the tracks were more lyrical and on point. Our recording engineer, Al Torchia, unveiled a new microphone, which sounded fantastic. This weekend, Jeff Hocker will be laying down his bass lines, and hopefully there will be time for Culynn to sing her leads. Tony Sheppard's lead guitars will likely be put in after I return from vacation. Debbie Stern connected me with drummer, Chad Kellog, who has agreed to sit in on the recording sessions. After listening to songs on our web site, Chad said, "Good stuff. I'll definitely be able to contribute in a positive and refreshing way." The raw tracks, without effects sound great. The process is akin to putting a large jig saw puzzle together when one doesn't know what the end result will be, add lots of fun, hard work and creativity and you get the idea. I am very optimistic about how the project will turn out.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

 

 

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