Music Is The Ride: Dreamwalkers Second Album
The time is now for the release of Dreamwalkers Band's second album, "Music Is The Ride." It's been 19 months since we began the journey of recording, and the world has changed while we've been working on our creation. Rest assured, no matter how crazy things have gotten, our commitment to the music and message behind it has only grown.
The lyric "Life is an amusement park, Music Is The Ride," came from a comment my son, Daniel, made at his first concert. Bruce Springsteen was pounding out great rock and roll on the stage and my then 12 year old looked up at me with the joy in his eyes only a child at his first rock concert could have and exclaimed, "I'M SO GLAD WE'RE HERE." I responded, "Kind of like going to Disneyworld?" He said, seriously, "Oh No, Dad. This is an amusement park where music is the ride." I knew that was a song and I wrote it that evening, but upon reflection, I thought my experience is life is an amusement part, music is the ride.
So as a band, we are ready to share this with you. The album is all original. Debbie Stern's wonderful country-jazz-pop songs about love won and lost somehow merge effortlessly with my rock and roll psychospiritual anthems. Tony Sheppard's "Road Song" is added as an excellent spice to make the serving even more delicious.
I thank bandmates Tony Sheppard on Lead Guitar, Dave Ross on Bass Guitar, Patrick Russini drums on Road Song and Music Is The Ride, Jeff Hocker on Bass Guitar on Two Insomnias and Debbie Stern on Vocals and Keyboards for making the songs come to life. None of this would be possible without the genius of Executive Producer and sound engineer extraordinaire, Patrick Russini and Alpha Ear Studio, who recored, mixed, and mastered the album. We are proud to be the first album completed in his new studio.
The album cover came from a photograph I took in London, England in 2017. The back cover and inner sleeve photographs were taken by Kali Dass at the Nashville Train Station in September 2021. Daniel Schulman and Schulman Media directed the art design for the project.
Music Is The Ride is a survivor of the pandemic as is the band. When I was most frustrated by what was going on in the world I had a dream. In the dream I was backstage with the band and I saw Tom Petty. He smiled at me and reached out his hand. I shook it and said, "Aren't you supposed to be dead?" He said, "Remember, always stick to your vision and it's about the music." I'm glad none of us gave up.