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Putting The Dreamwalkers Album Together 

Good evening, Dreamwalkers Family and Friends,

We spent the afternoon recording, finishing some songs, and getting close with others. I did the engineering and relied upon the musical acumen of Jeff Hocker to help guide the sound. Today's session featured lead guitar tracks by Tony Sheppard, and vocals from Culynn Murdock. Tony is a brilliant (and patient) musician. We went through many takes for the leads on Only Love Is Real looking for the right vibe. Culynn sang the lead for her original song, Wandering In Neutral, and it's a winner. I love her voice. She will be working on harmonies over the next few days. Tony finished the lead guitar for Wandering in Neutral as well. Amazing outside people have been showing up to help. We have started working with a violin player, and several percussionists. Debbie Stern, who has done a great job with harmonies, will be adding some keyboards over the next few weeks. What once seemed daunting, now looks like something doable, that is, having all the tracks recorded by the end of the year so we can begin mixing and mastering. I'm excited, and the tracks sound really sweet. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker


 

Dreamwalkers: Mixing Tunes 

Jeff Hocker and I sat down this afternoon and made our first foray into making our songs album ready. Mixing many tracks is quite an art form. Not only do you have to be able to hear every individual track, you have to have a bigger auditory of vision of how they fit together. There are three dimensions to consider: of course volume of each instrument or voice; panning or placement in the track; and depth, including reverb and echo. Microphones are dead environments until you create the inner world. Reverb and echo give your ears information about a sense of place. In an ordinary environment, sounds bounce off the walls and other structures and let you know where things are. We have to create it in the mixing environment. What great fun to create the world of a song. Will be sending out a few snippets soon.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Weekend: Moving Forward 

Jeff Hocker and I met with drummer, David Dolnick, on Sunday to listen to the tracks he's laid down so far. He seems to have found the vibe we are looking for and we are very excited about moving forward with Dave on the album. Jeff came over to Richtone studio this evening to work on some additional bass lines for the album. I have had a chance to re-record vocals on a few songs. It's still new to be able to record at a high level at home and we are excited by the new musical opportunities.

Over the weekend, I had a chance to jam with my friend, Bass Guitar player, Bart Dellarmi. Bart related how impressed he was with the progress we've made on the album. I expect he will be sitting in with Dreamwalkers, and he and I will likely work on some original songs together. Bart has been a musical friend, and well, just a good friend, for years, so it was great to catch up with him and play some tunes.

The album is coming together. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Reflecting on a Dreamwalkers Thanksgiving. 

We have so much to be thankful for. The addition of Patrick Russini on drums provided a breath of fresh air to our group and I personally had so much fun playing during our last rehearsal. I believe Pat is the glue who will solidify our band. Regarding the album, people have emerged from the woodwork to help us make our album special. Debbie Stern, David Dolnick, Al Torchia, and Shaun Hopper are all adding their spectacular skills to our effort. My son, Daniel Schulman of Schulman Media, is working with me on cover art for the album. I started doing some preliminary mixing to get a sense of what we have and I am so excited about what is unfolding. The target for completion of the recording process is December 31, and then we work on mixing and mastering. I am grateful for bandmates, Jeff Hocker, Tony Sheppard, Culynn Murdock, and Patrick Russini for being my partners in this endeavor. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Dreamwalkers Sound Evolving. . . Puzzle Pieces Coming Together 

Todays rehearsal was wonderful. Patrick Russini is a musical drummer, tight on the beat, a great sensitivity to what is going on around him, and blending seamlessly with the band. Bravo, Patrick. The key is everyone was having fun and our sound is evolving, bright and flowing. We are continuing to make progress with our Dreamwalkers album, with David Dolnick sitting in on drums for some of the recording process. The early percussion tracks sound great. The pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

 

Songs: Crazy Movie, Machiavelli's Daughter, The Redemption, Only Love Is Real, Diamond Filled Bouquet, Time To Let Your Sun Shine, Walkin' Down The Road, You May Be The One, Dolphin, 12 Years Later, It Don't Come Easy, Can't Find My Way Home, Harvest Moon.

Richtone Studio Is Born, Dolphin is Our First Song 

I've been working on putting a home studio together for several months and tonight, we tried it out. Voila as they say in Paris, Richtone Studio is born. Writing a song is like having a child. There is a gestation period with the song develops before it’s born into the world. I’d have to say Jeff Hocker looks like an expectant father at this moment, as Tony Sheppard is playing the lead to his song, Dolphin. Fortunately Tony’s tracks came out great. He played it four times, each brilliant and different, giving us a lot to choose from. The quality of the tracks is wonderful and we are looking forward to completing the finishing touches on the recording process and moving on to mixing and mastering the album. Peace, Dr Dreamwalker


 

New Songs 

Dreamwalkers Band rehearsed Sunday afternoon with the goal of introducing and arranging new material. While we are primarily an original band, we like to play and sing covers that we love as well. Today we devoted the rehearsal to some additional material and just having fun with songs we love. Three "new" original songs and one "new" cover were worked on. The reasons I put the word new in quotes is that the songs are only new to the band. Two of the songs, Magnetic North and Beyond The Gulf were written by me some time ago, and Time To Let Your Sun Shine was the first collaboration between Tony Sheppard and myself. The songs are very cool and we are beginning to get the vibe needed to bring them out into the world. It's almost like having children. The songs have a gestation period, are born, have an infancy, toddlerhood, child time, adolescence, then eventually become adults, able to function. I love the developmental way of looking at the process of a song's evolution. Such great fun. I honor my bandmates, Jeff Hocker, Tony Sheppard, Culynn Murdock, and Patrick Russini for supporting my songs. It looks like the album recording will get going again this week so watch out for it. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker

Songs: Magnetic North, Time To Let Your Sun Shine, Beyond The Gulf, It Don't Come Easy, You May Be The One, Right Down The Line, Crazy Movie

Dreamwalkers Rehearse with Drummer Patrick Russini 

Dreamwalkers Band had it's first rehearsal with Patrick Russini and the entire band on Sunday evening, and I came away with a feeling of great optimism regarding the direction the band is taking. Patrick brings a fresh approach to percussion, somewhat quieter and more subtle than we have had in the past. From my perspective, Pat is just what we need. I could really hear and feel the other players, and it was a joy to play together. Pat is bright and dedicated, and is already mostly up to speed already with the songs. Culynn Murdock sang beautifully this evening. Tony Sheppard and Jeff Hocker were at the top of their games. I felt exhilarated hearing the arrangements coming together. We focused on the songs from the album, but also worked on a few cover songs, notably Gerry Rafferty's Right Down The Line, and one of our favorites, Secret Agent Man. We will be back in the studio soon to complete the tracks for the album, and hopefully gig by the end of the year.

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker


Songs: Crazy Movie, Machiavelli's Daughter, 12 Years Later, A Dreamer's Story, You May Be The One, The Redemption, Only Love Is Real, Walking Down The Road, Diamond Filled Bouquet, Right Down The Line, Secret Agent Man

Ek Balam, The Sky Jaguar 

Songwriters are always looking for new inspiration. Could I do better than this ancient site? Don’t think so. Ek Balam, in the Mayan language, means Black, Star or Sky Jaguar. I like Sky Jaguar the best, because that's what it felt like to be there. I was very drawn to this site even before we left for Mexico. I just love the place. If you Look carefully you can see the Moon just above the structure I’m standing on.The place was only discovered 20 years ago. It’s off the beaten path so not overrun with people. Mystical, gorgeous, energetically sparkling. Consider me inspired. Peace, Dr Dreamwalker 

Dr Dreamwalker: The Energy at Chichen-Itza 

What a great place to be a Dreamwalker. The energy of Chichen-Itza, deep in the heart of the jungle in the Yucatan in Mexico, is marvelous. The place is so powerful even hordes of people and many sellers with cheap junk could not take away from it’s majesty. Truly inspiring. I’m soaking up all its goodness and looking forward to connecting to the band in our first rehearsal with drummer Patrick Russini and the entire group. 

Peace,

Dr Dreamwalker 

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