Hello to all our Dreamwalkers Family and Friends. The schedule for our performance at Porchfest has been changed from 6 PM to 4 PM. As far as we know we will be at the same venue, 2267 Arlington St., Sarasota.
The band had a great rehearsal today, as we selected songs to play for Porchfest. We will have an hour to play and look forward to meeting and greeting all of you. Porchfest is a wonderful community music event and I encourage everyone to come out.
We will be back at Speakeasy Studio this weekend, as we are continuing to put the basic tracks down on our album. Tony Sheppard will bring his guitar magic to the effort.
Another long studio day revealed some real gems of songs unfolding. Today's star was Culynn Murdock. Jeff Hocker and I started the day by re-recording the backing tracks for "You May Be The One," written by myself and Tony Sheppard. Culynn's vocal performance was absolutely superb, so heartfelt I was moved to tears. I've heard the song many times before, but not like this. She took the bridge on "Machiavelli's Daughter and was fabulous. She sang my original composition, "A Dreamer's Story," and once again was terrific. However, for me, the highlight of the day was hearing Culynn singing her original song, "Wandering In Neutral." The lyrics are so cool, the tune is catchy, and her voice is magical. Being in the studio and having a chance to hear her sing without having to concentrate on my playing allowed me to truly absorb how wonderful her voice is. Tony Sheppard arrived and did electric guitar wizardry for "Crazy Movie." We are planning on giving him a day next week to lay down electric guitar tracks on all the songs. Jeff Hocker has made great strides in the completion of his original song, Dolphin. He shared his progress with us and I was blown away. I even had the chance to take out my Rickenbacker 12 string to play on "The Redemption." The album, tentatively titled "Dreaming Out Loud," is something we feel very optimistic and excited about. The tracks are evolving beautifully.
Songlist for today:
You May Be The One
A Dreamer's Story
Wandering In Neutral
P.S. While lugging amplifiers and guitars into the studio, I had the thought, I know I'm getting older when I need a roadie more than a groupie.
We have been assigned a home for Porchfest. Dreamwalkers will be at 2267 Arlington St. We play from 6-7 PM on Sunday Oct 7. 64 bands will be taking part in the Arlington Park area. We had a lot of fun playing last year. It's a great event so come on out and join together with the band.
Hello Dreamwalkers family and friends, this is Dr Dreamwalker blogging from Rohnert Park California. I spent some of the day getting over my fear of heights by zip lining hundreds of feet through the Sonoma County canopy course. It was exhilarating and confidence building. Recording engineer, Al Torchia, sent me the raw tracks that have been worked on by myself and bass player, Jeff Hocker. As a first listener, I am very optimistic. When sharing them with a few people here, I got more optimistic. It’s an amazing experience to feel the songs taking shape one layer at a time. This experience is also exhilarating and confidence building. We are putting a beautiful sound puzzle together and it feels sometimes like we’re hooking onto a cable and zipping through the songs. I will keep everyone posted.
Greetings Dreamwalkers family, I am blogging from just south of San Francisco, California. Kali Dass and I spent the day by the Golden Gate Bridge and had a spectacular time. While we were there, I received the good news that our bass guitar player, Jeff Hocker, had a great day laying down bass tracks for the album. He completed eight of the 11 songs and communicated to me that they are sounding really good.
I’m already feeling great relief and joy from being in my Home away from home here in California, and I am looking forward to completing the album when I return home.
I received a very cool photograph from my friend Danny Marr. Danny and his family have been with us for a long time. In fact it's because of Danny and Debbie we include Harvest Moon in our set. Thanks so much my friends. That picture looks like it was from a long time ago because things are so different now, but actually it was only a few months ago. Back in the studio on Sunday.
We have made excellent progress in moving forward with recording the Dreamwalkers album. I finished all of my lead singing tracks today. I guess experience helps. I had fun with the process, and the tracks were more lyrical and on point. Our recording engineer, Al Torchia, unveiled a new microphone, which sounded fantastic. This weekend, Jeff Hocker will be laying down his bass lines, and hopefully there will be time for Culynn to sing her leads. Tony Sheppard's lead guitars will likely be put in after I return from vacation. Debbie Stern connected me with drummer, Chad Kellog, who has agreed to sit in on the recording sessions. After listening to songs on our web site, Chad said, "Good stuff. I'll definitely be able to contribute in a positive and refreshing way." The raw tracks, without effects sound great. The process is akin to putting a large jig saw puzzle together when one doesn't know what the end result will be, add lots of fun, hard work and creativity and you get the idea. I am very optimistic about how the project will turn out.
This is Dr Dreamwalker giving an update on our album. Working with Speakeasy Recording engineer, Al Torchia, I completed acoustic tracks on the remainder of our songs for the album. Amazingly, I conquered the vagaries of the click track and felt good about keeping everything in the correct tempo, which I'm sure will gladden the heart of our bass player, Jeff Hocker. I felt a great sense of excitement as Al and I listened to the multiple guitars building the foundation for the tracks that will be mixed into cohesive songs. With most of the songs being my original contributions, it was in many ways like watching my children begin to grow up. Now that we have the backing tracks and they sound good (Al insisted on strong performances), we can bring in Jeff's bass lines, Tony's lead guitar and Culynn and my vocals. We are very happy to have Debbie Stern helping us on harmonies when the time comes. Drummer Jeff Dillon left the recording sessions and the band, so we will be looking for a drummer both to sit in on the album and then play performances. My excitement and optimism about the project are high. I am looking forward to completing the album and sharing with our Dreamwalkers Family and Friends.
This is a transformational time for Dreamwalkers Band. We have been invited to play at several community events and are continuing the recording of our album.
Part of the mission of the band is to support community outreach and benefit causes. We have been invited to play at Porchfest, a celebration of community music taking place in the Arlington Park neighbor hood on October 7.. We played at Porchfest last year and had a blast. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on October 20th at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota has invited us to play at their event. We have also been asked to play at the Chalk Festival in Venice, Florida. This event takes place from November 9-12. I will post details as they emerge.
Today is a big day for our recording process. we will be in studio working to create the foundational rhythm tracks for a number of songs included in the album. I have created scratch or ghost tracks for them to work from. As I have mentioned in the past, creating in a studio environment is a very different experience from being on the stage. So far, I am very pleased with the learning curve. Some things sounded great right off the bat, others, upon review, needed work. There will be some surprise guests on the album and Dreamwalkers Band is excited to include some of our very talented friends in the process.
One last thing. . . does anyone call it an "Album" anymore? I guess people buy music like I used to buy 45s (ancient history, little record with a big hole in the middle), aka singles. Now it's mp3s or just listen on Youtube or a music service. For me, it will always be an album.
Take care my Dreamwalkers, its a Solar Eclipse day. . . Transformation.
Dreamwalkers are preparing to dive back into the studio. We are making good progress towards completion of our album. We have broken into smaller groups to prepare for the studio. Today we had a guitar rehearsal, Wednesday, we plan a vocal rehearsal. Saturday, we are aiming to complete the rhythm tracks for all of the songs. The process is great fun, very demanding, and quite creative as well. I am hearing things in the songs I have never heard before.