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Dreamwalkers: Album at the Mastering Stage. . . Another Open Mic at Stottlemyer's Smokehouse 

Hello Dreamwalkers,

Wednesday night the band rehearsed a three song set to play at Stottlemyer's next Tuesday. We learned at lot last time and have adjusted to the situation. We will play what I feel is the soul of the band. . . a Tom Petty medley, one of Debbie's songs and one of mine. This is our core, our soul and we will go with it.

The album is at a mastering stage and while it sounds wonderful in the mixing we have done, I know the mastering will polish it and make it really shine. It's a meticulous process and there is no one I'd rather have to it than Patrick Russini. 

If you would like to join us Tuesday at Stottlemyer's come out and hang with the band. We will likely not be on until at least 7 PM. The food is good and the atmosphere is sweet. 

We are really excited about the album and starting to play out. The rehearsals are very good. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Life Is An Amusement Park, Music Is The Ride 

It’s been a long journey. Dreamwalkers band album “Music Is The Ride,” is recorded and mixed. Executive producer and sound engineer Patrick Russini will be mastering the tracks over the next week or so. We will have an album party soon and will let everyone know.
 

I’ll give you an advance review from someone who is completely unbiased. Me. It sounds spectacular. Can’t wait to share it with everyone. Big thanks to bandmates, Tony Sheppard, Debbie Stern, Daniel Polyak, Dave Ross, and special guest Jeff Hocker. I will be eternally grateful to the brilliance of Patrick Russini. 
 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker 

Dreamwalkers: Mixing To Manifest A Dream 

Debbie Stern and I met with Patrick Russini at his Alpha Ear Studio to continue mixing  Dreamwalkers upcoming album “Music is the Ride.“ As we get near the end of this long journey, there is a tendency to wish that it was over already. However, we resisted that urge and put all our efforts into making the songs sound spectacular.

Tonight we finished three songs and they just sound great. We worked on two of Debbie Stern’s songs “something about that boy, and “and “Louisiana.” We also worked on my original song “Suggestion by Echo.” Patrick is such a wonderful sound arranger. It was a joy to watch him work. He could move the kick drum hone decibel down and free the vocals. His knowledge of how to create sound is remarkable. We are very blessed to have him working with us as executive producer and sound engineer. We could finish with all the mixing by the end of the week. Then Patrick will do the mastering and we are One album cover from done.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker 

Dreamwalkers Play Open Mic at Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse  

Hey Dreamwalkers everywhere,

The band played at the open mic at Stottlemyer’s Smokehouse. The format is that you get three songs and we decided to do three covers: The Word by The Beatles; Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones; and Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd. Overall the songs went well and I was happy with our performance.

we are in a learning mode right now and sorry to play out is very healthy for us as a band. We obviously have a strong connection with each other and there is a beautiful flow of energy and music amongst us. Three songs doesn’t allow much of a warm-up but we dove into the deep end and had fun.

Tomorrow Debbie and I are going over to Patrick Russini’s Alpha Ear Studio to begin the final mixing of our album. Everything is sounding great and with our band starting to play out it’s a great time to be a Dreamwalker.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker 

 

Dreamwalkers Open Mic: Stottlemyer's Smokehouse 

Hello to all those Dreamwalkers out there who wish to manifest a dream in real time.

Tomorrow evening, the band will venture out to Stottlemyer's Smokehouse to play at the open mic there on Tuesday evening (which technically is today). We had a great rehearsal tonight and we are ready. We don't know exactly when we will go on and we will be playing three songs and would welcome all of our friends coming out and hanging with us. The open mic starts at 6 and goes to 9, but we will be getting there early so we will likely be in the earlier part of the evening. Stottlemyer's is a cool place with terrific food and we are looking forward to playing there. 

Wednesday and Thursday, Debbie Stern, Patrick Russini and I will go into Alpha Ear Studio and knock out the final mixes on our album. Everything is coming together and we expect the next few months will be Dreamwalkers time.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker





 

Dreamwalkers: Time to Play Out 

Hey all my Dreamwalkers out there,

Monday evening, we had a really wonderful rehearsal. Everything was tight and energetic. Still, practice is not the same as game time. So, drummer Daniel Polyak and I went out looking for a venue. The gig at the Cortez Bar N Grill was a nonstarter, but we did get to Stottlemeyer's to check out their open mic and it looked like a great place for us to start, so next Tuesday we will be doing a short set there. We will spotlight the strengths of our group, tight harmonies from Debbie Stern, great rhythm from Daniel and bass guitar player, Dave Ross, and the spectacular guitar of l'angelo mysteriouso, Tony Sheppard. If you'd like to join us, hang out a bit, the open mic starts at 6 and we don't really know when we will be on, but the place has great brisket and lots of other good things to eat and drink. We are definitely friendly and the sound is good. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers: Music is the Mixing and Mastering Ride 

Hello to all my Dreamwalkers out there,

Big day for the band. Patrick Russini's Alpha Ear Studio was the meeting place for Pat, Debbie Stern and I to begin mixing our songs in earnest. Pat has been mixing as we go, so we did not have to start from scratch. The amazing thing to me was how a sound, unlike any other band, is emerging. 

I've often said in posts like this that there was a Dreamwalkers sound that we were accessing. It is now becoming clearer and clearer to me what that sound scape entails. It's a journey into our souls and inner ears. The sound is lush and big. Debbie's vocal harmonies and background voicings are luxurious and gorgeous. Tony's guitar choices fit the various styles beautifully, from jazzy influenced hollowbody sounds, to country stratocaster licks, to rocking 70s SG sounds, he's on target and amazing. Dave Ross's bass is steady and foundational and Daniel Polyak (as well as a guest appearance by Pat Russini) provide the engine for the songs. I participate with rhythm electrics and acoustics, as well as some nylon string finger style guitar. I definitely was punching above my weight class, but made it through.

The mixing process involves hearing not just how each instrument or voice sounds, but how it all fits together. I had some ideas of what I wanted based on some reference tracks, songs I thought sounded really good sonically. I liked the sound on George Harrison's "What Is Life?" and we started surfing off that to get a drum sound, and soon transcended it to get our own sound. The process was exhilarating and the tracks are sounding terrific.

We completed mixing six tracks: Music Is The Ride (our title track), Don't Give Me A Second Thought (Let Me Be Your First), Eveything Is Changing, How I Love to Love You Lord, Good to See You Gone, and Magnetic North. Patrick sailed almost effortlessly through the different styles and we communicate almost psychically, often coming up with similar ideas for the overall sound. Pat, of course, is able to translate our ideas into a real time sound by his knowledge of Pro Tools and the rest of his arsenal of sound equipment.

The tracks are sounding amazing. We hope to finish mixing next week and then start on Mastering the sounds, which will be the final polishing of each track and getting them ready for publication. It's such an exciting time to be a Dreamwalker.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers: Music Is the Ride. . . Album tracks done. Mixing and Mastering Next 

Hey Dreamwalkers. . . 

Our long journey of laying down album tracks is now complete. Tony Sheppard played brilliantly today, finishing lead guitar tracks on Debbie Stern's songs "Tricks On Me," "Call Me Love," and "I Think I Think Too Much," as well as my "Silence Between Worlds." The experience was marvelous as Tony was at the top of his game, gracefully moving between the different styles in the songs like a Porsche changing gears. 

To say Tony is brilliant is putting it mildly. He certainly put down some tasty and heartfelt tracks today. Executive Producer, Patrick Russini, will be putting the tracks together and we will mix and master them over the next few weeks, work on some art for the disc and a new Dreamwalkers album will be ready.

In other news, we will be playing out on Saturday, July 17 at Cortez Bar n Grill. Details to follow. 

Thanks to Patrick Russini, Tony Sheppard, and Debbie Stern for todays recording, as well as Daniel Polyak, Dave Ross, and special guest Jeff Hocker for providing tracks for the album. We are ready to move forward.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker



 

Dreamwalkers: Music Is The Ride 

Hello to all my Dreamwalkers out there. Thursday, Tony Sheppard continued to lay down lead guitar tracks for the upcoming Dreamwalkers Band album, “Music Is The Ride.”

Tony worked on the title track for the album as well as Debbie Stern‘s beautiful “how I love to love you Lord.“ The two tracks were very different but as usual, Tony surfed the waves of the vibes and came up with really fantastic lead guitar work. He rocked the house and then dialed in an incredibly spiritual lead for Debbie’s song

We are blessed to have him with us. I so thoroughly enjoy his playing. It is a rare privilege to be there when he creates these masterpieces that complete the songs we’ve been working on for so long.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker 

Dreamwalkers album 2.0 about to come in for a landing 

Hello to all my Dreamwalkers out there,

I usually blog every week but the week has been so hectic and filled with wonderful things and challenges that I hadn’t had a chance to write until now. As a band we are making great progress. The rehearsals are about fine tuning the presentation and our album is progressing beautifully. It’s a little frustrating that it takes so long but we are focused on getting it right.

On Thursday, Debbie Stern, Tony Sheppard, Patrick Russini and I met at Patrick’s studio to continue laying down lead guitar tracks. We worked on my song “two insomnia’s.” The song has a Latin feel and includes some pretty fabulous bass from founder, Jeff Hocker. Tony really gets this but it’s one thing to do it on a Latin song another thing to do it on my song.

We marched through this song and it kept getting better and better. Tony was figuring out all the little places to put Guitar fills and then a really spectacular solo. He really is a super guitar player in my opinion the best in the area.

Having Debbi and Patrick supplying musical ideas is always fantastic. I feel blessed to have these amazing musicians and people in my life and our album will be done soon and will have a big party when it is.

So for now we are looking for places to play and we’re working hard on finishing the album. We have a few more songs to lay down lead guitar tracks then it’s mixing and mastering and the creation will be completed, but the journey will be out there.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker 

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