Hello Dreamwalkers Family and Friends,
Monday evening was a noteworthy event as Dreamwalkers Band engaged album 2.0. I give much appreciation to our heartbeat, drummer Daniel Polyak who generously offered his studio as the site to begin. We practice at his place regularly, but I thought some appreciation is indicated. Also, appreciation to Patrick Russini, who will be executive producer and recording engineer for the project.
Pat is meticulous regarding sound, so he carefully set us up to do scratch tracks for each of our songs. In this process, the band plays to create a skeleton of the song, so to speak, and once everyone is happy with arrangement and tempo, we move to the next song. Later, we go back and re-record every instrument and voice, one at a time. For example, Pat will extensively mic the drums, and Daniel will play to the rest of the track. At the end, every instrument will be re-recorded with superior quality both in performance and sound.
We wound up finishing four songs: Debbie's "I Think I Think Too Much," and "Louisiana Playing On My Mind," and two of mine, "The Outsider," sort of Johnny Cash meets the X-Files, and "Everything Is Changing," which of course it is. The process is hard fun, exhilarating but exhausting. It was amazing to hear the songs coalesce under the pressure of creating the structure of the track. Everyone has to be on the same page here, and creative ideas were flowing as to how to make the arrangement for each song.
I have great faith in these songs and my bandmates. Dreamwalkers 2.0 (unnamed as yet) is going to be excellent.