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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

Dreamwalkers Play Sabrosa 

Dreamwalkers Band played Thursday night at Sabrosa. It was a great experience for our group. A highlight for me were hearing original songs from Jeff Hocker, "Dolphin" and Tony Sheppard, Road Song. It was great to hear this new material played live. Jeff Dillon's drumming on 'Two Insomnias" was stellar. I loved singing my original songs, especially The Redemption, No Footprints in the Snow, and Machiavelli's Daughter. We had wonderful contributions from keyboard wizard Ethan James Alexander and harmonies from Pamela Clements. Playing and singing Tom Petty's Last Dance With Mary Jane was such a hoot. I love hearing Tony Sheppard's guitar solos. All in all, a sweet evening. Thanks to Shannon Lugannani for providing such a great place to play and I thank all my friends who came out to support the band. 

Peace, 

Dr Dreamwalker

Happy New Year 

During Sunday's Dreamwalkers Band rehearsal, we went through all three sets of music for our performance, Thursday, January 4, 2018, 8-11 PM, at Sabrosa. Playing with my bandmates, Jeff Dillon, Jeff Hocker, and Tony Sheppard is such a blast. Songs are like children. They seem to come out of nowhere when you don't expect them, and then grow from infancy through a life cycle until they become adults. My songs have had great godparents in my bandmates and are sounding wonderful. We are also having great fun with the covers we do and will have a few surprises in store for Thursday. I hope to see all our friends as we start the year right. Happy New Year everyone from Dreamwalkers Band.

Peace,  

Dr Dreamwalker

 

Dreamwalkers Rehearsal 

Here we have four tired, but very happy Dreamwalkers after a strong and productive rehearsal this evening. Making music, especially original music is such great fun. The white board is our putting the puzzle together for three sets. We are preparing for shows at Sabrosa (711 Osprey Ave., Sarasota) on January 4 & 18, 2018, 8-11 PM. We invite you to join us, come out, and please say hello to the band.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

New Dreamwalkers Demos Up on Music Page 

Demos of tunes by Jeff Hocker and Tony Sheppard are now up on Dreamwalkers Band website Music page. Jeff's songs "Dolphin" and "Flow" (he likes one word titles) and Tony's "Road Song" (inspired by Hendrix) are now on the page. It's a chance for everyone to hear what is emerging from the band's creative flow (so to speak).

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers First Gigs For 2018 Scheduled 

Hello Dream Gliders,

Dreamwalkers Band has scheduled our first gigs for 2018. We will be playing at Sabrosa 711 Osprey Ave. in Sarasota on January 4 and 18, 2018. Should be a lot of fun. We focused on Sunday's rehearsal on revisiting songs long on our set list and moving through the new material we plan to include in our performances. It's amazing to me how strong the memory of well played songs can be in one's mind and body. The old stuff is locked in pretty solid. New things require some arranging, especially original material. The band is evolving into an eclectic group reflecting our many loves and experiences expressed in both original songs and the choice of covers. Personally, I am loving the new material from our bass guitar player, Jeff Hocker, and lead guitarist, Tony Sheppard. Will get details to you soon. So, 2018 is time for a manifestation of our dreams. Hope so for you, as well.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers: Something in the Air, You Bet  

Although we play a lot of original songs, we love playing cover songs by other artists. Do you remember the song 'Something in the Air,' by Thunderclap Newman? We spontaneously started playing it, and it sounded good, so it will likely join our set list. It's also a lot of fun to play. Did you know Pete Townshend played bass on the record under the name "Bijou Drains" and it was his first and only #1 hit? How ironic he didn't have one with The Who. It's a message from 1969 that seems very powerful for today's world. There is something in the air, and I feel that part of our "mission" is to reflect what people are feeling in the songs we write and those we chose to cover.

Dreamwalkers Band had a strong and productive rehearsal on Sunday, as we anticipate playing out soon. We started by working on songs by Jeff Hocker and Tony Sheppard. We spent time preparing Tony's "Road Song" for playing out and made excellent progress. Road Song is a fast paced instrumental that echoes Southern California in the early 60s, when the music was all about surfing, girls, and cars. The song is lots of fun to play, and Tony's guitar wizardry is certainly on display with this one. Then Jeff presented a new song to the band called "Flow." "Flow" is sweet and funky, with lots of jazz overtones. We are just learning it, but I love it and I'm sure it is a winner.

We also went over some of our original songs, as we haven't played in a few weeks. We changed some of the arrangements, as I am now playing electric guitar on about half the songs. I'm enjoying playing my Gretsch Tennessee Rose. George Harrison played an earlier version of it called a Tennessean in the early 60s, and was the reason I wanted the guitar in the first place. What 12 year old in 1965 didn't want to be like the Beatles? You know, long hair, pointy boots, electric guitar...

We hope to have some news about a steady gig in the near future. By the way, if anyone has ideas about cover songs they'd like to hear, send us a message and we'll check it out. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Jimi Hendrix Birthday Celebration in California 

Greetings. I have returned from my trip to California. While there, I attended a Jimi Hendrix birthday celebration from a local music shop, Loud and Clear music from Cotati, California. What a terrific idea. I'm thinking we organize something here for Jimi's birthday, which comes around Thanksgiving time, and I always give thanks for Jimi.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Thought For Today 

Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn. - Charlie Parker

Peace and Happy Thanksgiving

Dr Dreamwalker

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