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Dreams Manifesting In the Material World 

Dreamwalkers Band is making it's way manifesting my dream into the material world. Here are the ingredients. . . 

1. The Rhythm Section: Jeff Dillon and Jeff Hocker have an uncanny simpatico, an intuitive feel for each other giving us a powerful foundation

2. The lead guitar: Tony Sheppard is brilliant as it is heartfelt. Dreamwalkers is his coming out party.

3. Celestial Singers: Pam Clements and Culynn Murdoch provide the voices for three part harmonies which are uncanny sweet and hypnotic

4. Strong Original Material: My songs speak many psychological truths, and they are catchy. New material from Jeff and Tony is being unveiled. 

Dreamwalkers. . . I'm proud to say I'm in this band

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalking Forward 

Dreamwalkers had a very productive rehearsal Sunday afternoon. We are working on both new original songs and interesting cover material reflecting our foundation in many different musical genres. Our Celestial Singers were actively making their mark on our band's setlist and performance. Pam Clements took the lead on the Steely Dan song, "Rikki Don't Lose That Number," and for a first time out, the song sounded great. She also organized an arrangement of my original song, "So Many Stars," which was very sweet. Culynn Murdoch took the lead vocal on "You May Be The One," written by me in collaboration with Tony Sheppard. She did a great job and honored our song beautifully. To have a little 60s fun, the band played one of my faves "Secret Agent Man."  We ended the rehearsal by going through Jeff Hocker's song "Flow," which combines a jazzy hook with a funky jam. This song is lots of fun to play as Tony Sheppard let loose his inner Hendrix and really blasted notes to the heavens. As always, Drummer Jeff Dillon was terrific, keeping us on track, and making many astute suggestions to help manifest the final product. After some experimentation, I'm relatively sure I'll be playing a Fender Stratocaster for our live shows. Playing it today reminded me of why so many great players use that particular instrument. It's light and versatile and sounds great. All in all,  I was thrilled to be part of our creative process. The hours seemed like minutes. I am incredibly proud of my bandmates and grateful for the energies each is putting into our band. We are improving in leaps and bounds. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Beatles Tribute Bands, Cover Songs, Dreamwalkers 

In the last week, I had the good fortune to see two Beatles Tribute Bands, one very famous (Rain), one not so famous (The Mersey Beatles), both excellent. Tony Sheppard and I went to see Rain last Saturday evening. Rain had the advantage of playing in a big theatre (Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida) and had all the bells and whistles of production. They were also excellent musicians. The first part of the show was almost too perfect, as I saw The Beatles in person during my childhood and they were wonderful, but not perfect. The second half of the show featured a rendition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club, and the band really shone. They let it rip and were wonderful. On Wednesday evening, Carla Henshaw and I met Bart Dellarmi and his wife, Robin, at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center, a little theatre in a retirement community here in Sarasota to see The Mersey Beatles, 4 Lads From Liverpool. These guys were also terrific, in many ways better due to the more stripped down nature of their performance. The vibe was pure Beatles, not perfect, just great. They didn't just play like The Beatles, they were like the Beatles and it didn't hurt that they actually were from Liverpool. It was just so much fun. We loved it and got a chance to meet and talk with the guys.

Dreamwalkers Band does cover songs too, and a couple of them are Beatles tunes. Covering songs, doesn't always mean copying them. In fact, we do our best to make the songs our own, even if we stick fairly close to original arrangements (which we don't always do). We play covers because we love the songs, the audience loves the songs, and to be truthful, an audience needs a respite from all original songs they haven't heard yet. No matter how good our originals are (and I believe in our songs), it's a lot to take in.

And in the end (as someone once said), we are an original band with original music. As Paul McCartney said in 1966 when I saw The Beatles at Shea Stadium in New York City, "We hope you enjoy the song." We do as well.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Practice, Practice, Practice 

Dreamwalkers Band is back in rehearsal zone. We are looking to expand our setlist and feature our Celestial Singers, Pam Clements and Culynn Murdoch. Songs go through a process by which we play them in rehearsal, pick ones resonating with us, arrange them, work out the kinks, have a vocal rehearsal, and eventually play in front of an audience. Sometimes, we play a song that sounded pretty good in rehearsal, but was a dud in performance. See ya. Other times, unexpected events happen while playing out that bring something new to the band. During our last gig at Sabrosa, Jeff Hocker had some trouble with one of his cables and was getting no sound out of the bass. Rather than leave dead air, and running out of things to say, I looked over at Tony Sheppard and started to play Secret Agent Man. The rest of the band picked up on it, although we had never played it together before and when Jeff solved the problem we were all playing the song and smiling to each other. Secret Agent Man will likely be in our new set list because it was so much fun to play and people seemed to enjoy it. New original material will be checked out. Tony and my song "You May Be The One," Jeff''s "Flow" and my "So Many Stars" will be worked on as well as some other cover songs we love. We are striving to have enough songs in our repertoire so we can go with the energy of the room rather than a pre-programmed list of songs.So how do we do this? Practice, Practice, Practice.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Jeff will make sure we do it

Dreamwalkers Best Yet 

Dreamwalkers band played Sabrosa last night. The feedback from musicians in the audience was this was the best yet. The blend of voices of our Celestial Singers, Pamela Clements and Culynn Murdock with my own was impressive. It felt great for me to be in the middle with the harmonies swirling around me. Drummer Jeff Dillon was in rare form, and Tony Sheppard was in command of the lead guitar. As always, Jeff Hocker is The anchor keeping us from whirling into outer space. I am very gratified by the honor these wonderful musicians give my original songs. We also got to visit with some of our Dreamwalkers family including Nicoll Bacharach, Michelle Roy, Bart Dellarmi, and Fred Harvey. What a great time. 

Peace, 

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreaming Out Loud 

Dreamwalkers band will be "Dreaming Out Loud" tomorrow at Sabrosa from 9-12 PM. Dreaming Out Loud refers to the idea that dreams are stories we tell ourselves about ourselves and our band will be singing them out loud. Each of our original songs is a short journey into the deeper reality we all walk through every day and night. Like an astronaut who brings back moon rocks for all of us to see, the songs go into the unseen world to retrieve ideas, truths, stories, conflicts and confusion regarding this humanity puzzle. After all we are more human than anything else. Oddly, the uncanny reality is when one ventures into the underground, it's a blast. We think of the unconscious as somber and serious, when it's a wild party. I invite our Dreamwalkers Family (whisper in the ear. . . it's technically anyone human) to join with us and walk through a few dreams of our own, your own, and a few given to us by great songwriters we love. 

Peace, 

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Mini Road Trip 

We ventured up to Capitol Theatre in Clearwater in a sort of Dreamwalkersmini road trip to see Bela Fleck & Flecktones Trio, featuring Victor Wooten. What a wonderful show. My fondness for Victor Wooten, both as an artist and a person, is well known and he did not disappoint. He is as inventive and creative a musician as I've ever had the great pleasure to witness. His sweet and powerful energy permeated the venue. Victor' brother, "Futureman" played percussion, and the legendary Bela Fleck was on banjo. I didn't know banjo could make such amazing sounds. What can I tell you, music saves my sanity. I loved the show and loved the idea we all experienced it together. 

Peace, 

Dr Dreamwalker


 

Pete Townshend 

As some of you know, I recently wrote a book, The Labyrinth of Healing. I appreciate those of you who bought it and hopefully read it. The book was a labor of love, documenting my ideas about psychotherapy and healing. I sent the book to teachers, colleagues, and friends. Since my most powerful creative inspiration in life was Pete Townshend, I sent one to him, and thanked him for his role in inspiring me. Of all those I sent the book to, the first one to reach back was Pete. I am blown away. Here's his e-mail to me: 

Dear Richard, 

I hope I already thanked you for The Labyrinth of Healing book and its dedication to me. I have been dipping into it and enjoying a lot of the stories, and I am deeply struck by many of your ideas and conclusions. 

I hope one day that we might meet. If I ever come your way, performing or whatever, please do reach out. I will try to do the same if Florida is on any schedule. 

My very best regards to you, 

Pete Townshend

I was so taken by the idea that Pete responded that it took me the rest of the day to understand he read the book and was "deeply struck" by it. Pete Townshend read MY book. I'd say things are coming together

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Play Sabrosa 

Wow. What a night. As always, we had fun, bookmarked the progress gained, and learned a lot to apply to the future, which is coming up right away. Having the two extra harmony voices added a lot, thank you Culynn Murdock and Pamela Clements. The harmonies on California Dreamin' were sweet. The rhythm section was solid and at times quite brilliant, I appreciate you Jeff Dillon and Jeff Hocker. I loved JD's drumming on Two Insomnias. Some of you who personally know me understand, I think the word 'awesome' is a bit overused. However that being said, in this case I'd like to say, some of Tony Sheppard's solo's were awesome, baby. Hearing my original songs emerge from the musical confluence of these wonderful musicians is very gratifying to me. Being on stage while this vibration is being created is exhilarating. Doing cover songs, interpreting the material of other artists is a different experience. We loved playing Something In The Air, Tom Petty's Breakdown and Mary Jane's Last Dance. In the end we jammed with musical friends. Great fun. Every performance is a universe unto itself, but I can sense a flow is beginning to manifest. I am getting a feel for what works and what doesn't work quite as well. Game speed is a different experience than practice speed but the more we play the easier it is. Thanks to Shannon Lugannani for inviting us back to Sabrosa. See everyone next Friday evening. Same place, but we will start at 9 PM and play until midnight. 

Peace, 

Dr Dreamwalker 

Dreamwalkers thank Pati Beardsley for the photograph

Putting Dreamwalkers Band Together 

Riding back following our latest rehearsal with guitar player Tony Sheppard, I had the feeling something significant had just occurred. There was a simpatico, a jelling, a different intensity, neither of us had felt before. Tony said, "It felt like we really became a band today. it's hard to put a band together, but when it works, it's worth it." I thought back to Jeff Hocker telling me he wanted to play original tunes, to Jeff Dillon joining us and the band getting a lot better rapidly, and then a little over a year ago when Tony himself became a Dreamwalker and our presence and potential expanded exponentially. The addition of our Celestial Singers, Pam and Culynn, seemed to complete the sound. It's been a long road to get to this point, and all our preparation, hard work, and creative endeavors, have brought us to the starting line. Drummer Jeff Dillon pointed out, "We are no longer a bed room band - we are playing out! We have made a huge jump and have a heavy mantle to carry." For me that means being relaxed and dynamic, dreaming and manifesting, as well as organized and spontaneous. Dr. Carl Jung once said, "The modern day Shaman has to be a success in both worlds." We are Dreamwalkers, sharing musical dreams in the material world. I am proud of our group and am looking forward to sharing our zest for creation with a growing Dreamwalkers Family. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker 

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