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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

Birthing A New Song 

I thought it might be interesting for people to hear a song being developed. Here is a demo of a new song called "You May Be The One," written by Tony Sheppard and myself. We were playing around with various chord shapes and three distinct themes emerged. The lyrics started with a conversation with my friend, Lisa Brandy, and were written and rewritten with the theme of transformation being the central core. It seems as if transformation is all around us these days. The music on the demo was recorded by me using Logic Pro X and I play and sing everything except the drums, which were provided by the computer. There is a lot of space for Tony to stretch out and put in lead guitar work. Scroll down to the Latest Track section of this page or go to the Music section if you would like to take a listen.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

New Lyrics: Last Transformation of This Man 

A few days ago, I spoke about my writing process. As luck would have it (some would say it isn't luck), the inner writer was activated. These days seem to be pushing us, both as a society and individuals, towards transformation. It occurs to me, as a species, we have to transform or die. The clock is ticking. So here are some new thoughts turning into a song.

Last Transformation of This Man by Dr Dreamwalker (Richard Schulman)

Kids are healthy they are grown 

Spread their wings, now they have flown 

Ex wives with husbands of their own 

Here I find myself alone 

 

Can’t tell if I’m warm or I’m cold 

Symptoms come symptoms go 

Getting younger or growing old? 

Heart open painful raw exposed 

 

It’s the last transformation of this man 

Heading into the unknown 

Wish I knew God’s plan 

Weary to the bone 

No buffer no safety zone 

 

Is pain of the heart anxiety’s call? 

Won’t find passion staring at the wall 

I search the darkness for insight 

A shadow yields to any light 

 

Emotions hold arthritic seeds 

Independent man with no needs 

A pretty voice must learn to sing 

Tell your story make it ring 

 

It’s the last transformation of this man 

Heading into the unknown 

Wish I knew God’s plan 

Weary to the bone 

No buffer no safety zone 

 

Friends I say, I had the most 

Most have turned into ghosts 

Those who remain have golden hearts 

They are my candles in the dark 

 

The camera’s iris is stuck unfurled 

Not quite reborn, enter a new world 

Unsure of the path I am to hold 

Hard to let it just unfold 

 

It’s the last transformation of this man 

Heading into the unknown 

Wish I knew God’s plan 

Weary to the bone 

No buffer no safety zone

 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

The Writing Process 

I saw an interview with music legend Brian Wilson a few years ago. The interviewer asked him if he started with a melody. He said, "No." "A lyric?" "No." "How do you do it?" "I just sit down at the piano and play a few chords until something clicks," he said. I sat there stunned as that's more or less how I write music. I get a feeling or even a buzzing in my head and know I have something to write. Often, it's in the middle of the night when the house is quiet. I will sit at the synthesizer, Fender Stratocaster or Martin D-12-28 (for some unknown reason those guitars work best in the creative process) and wait for something to pop into my head or noodle around until something sounds good. When I write with Tony Sheppard, we jam back and forth until a progression sounds good. I record the sequence immediately, as the creation is fragile and will dissolve unless documented. Lyrics are a different process. I get inspired by something I see, read, hear, or experience. Lyrics are about what's important at any particular moment. I guess I could use a little more lightness, and have always enjoyed writing with a partner. I'll write some ideas down and then go over them, usually cutting out words, the mantra less is more comes to mind. I admit I use a rhyming dictionary (hey if Sting does it so can I) and I like words that sort of rhyme. Usually, the music comes first, but not always. Eventually, a melody emerges and it's a joy when it does. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

New Sounds, New Musical Dreams 

Dreamwalkers Band rehearsed Sunday evening. We continued working on new material from Jeff Hocker and Tony Sheppard initialed last week. I am thrilled at the progress we are making with these new tunes. Jeff's "Dolphin" is a jazzy delight, while Tony's "Road Song" brings up echoes of surf music of the early 60s. I managed to keep up with everyone on keyboards during Dolphin, and used a Fender 12 string guitar to help the sound of Road Song. These are not just new songs for us, but new sounds, stretching the boundaries of our group, allowing us to move into new musical places. We also continued to experiment with key changes to make the songs friendlier to my voice (and to your ears). I appreciated the input of our drummer, Jeff Dillon, and bass player, Jeff Hocker, who encouraged me to look at the songs differently and sing higher. I think it's working. We will be out of pocket for several weeks due to various band members being out of town, but we are looking forward to gigging with the new material and chasing new musical dreams. 

Peace, 

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Rehearsal: Shaping "Dolphin" and "Road Song" 

What a great day to be a Dreamwalker. The ranks of songwriters with songs to play in our group went from one to three today. Our rehearsal became a day of creation manifesting, as we prepared the songs of Jeff Hocker and Tony Sheppard to be ready to play out. Jeff wrote the song "Dolphin," a jazzy instrumental based on his perception of Dolphins swimming through the ocean. I learned the keyboard part and when the groove came together, it was great fun to play and sounded so good. Tony Sheppard's "Road Song," is a rock and roll instrumental that really moves and is punctuated with some great lead guitar work by Tony himself. As we played the song a few times, the song began to reveal itself and was exhilarating to play. I saw the looks of joy in my friends eyes, as their musical 'children' are now taking their places in our musical world. I know the feeling well and am so happy for the band.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Seeing a Legend 

Any time you have a chance to see a legendary musician or band, go for it. Carlos Santana and the Santana Band played at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Friday evening. It was my great joy to hear Santana as if they were in a club, having fun, so energetic and relaxed, playing brilliantly, with pristine sound. It was very emotional for me, as I've always loved them and Santana was my father's favorite band. In fact the only autograph he ever asked for and received was Carlos Santana when they met in the 70s. Dad would have loved the show. Then it was a flood of memories of the many times I've seen the band, as if they held a road map of my life. Tonight's show was spectacular and he was wearing Lightning colors, which made things even better. What a sweet, wonderful musical experience. Bravo, Carlos Santana.

Dr Dreamwalker

The 60s Vibe 

Dreamwalkers are adding legendary guitars, the Rickenbacker 330-12, enhanced by a Janglebox compression pedal, a Fender 12 string electric and a Gretsch Tennessee Rose to our band's herd of instruments. The Rickenbacker 12 string electric guitar was considered The Beatles "secret weapon," popularized by George Harrison, who received the second one ever built. Roger McGuinn of The Byrds brought the chimey, jangly treasure to a wide audience on songs like Turn, Turn, Turn and Mr. Tambourine Man. Pete Townshend of The Who used a Rickenbacker live in the early days of the band and on several of their early albums. Tom Petty used Rickenbackers extensively in his live performances and studio work. You can see Rickenbacker guitars playing in many British Invasion bands like The Zombies, Herman's Hermits, and The Searchers. The Janglebox pedal was designed to replicate the Byrds sound, and it does it's job faithfully. The Rickenbacker 12 sound put it's distinctive stamp all over 60s music and continues on to this day. The Fender 12 electric came out of Japan in the 70s and is a bit of a rarity. It has a sound reflective of early 60s surf music and I love it as well. The Fender is easier to play, as the Ric's neck is very small. Finally, there is a Gretsch Tennessee Rose. George Harrison played a Gretsch Tennessean on the Ed Sullivan show all those years ago and I thought it looked so cool. The Tennessee Rose is a modern version of that guitar and captures to original Gretsch "growl." All are sounds of the 60s and have the vibe  I personally love the sound and am happy to be playing these wonderful guitars. We are looking forward to bringing the sound and vibe to some of our original songs as well as beloved cover songs. Check out the video section for a demo of the Rickenbacker.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

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