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Denison Witmer
Are You A Dreamer?
The Militia Group

The title of Denison Witmer's latest CD asks a highly personal question: Are You A Dreamer? And while the answer may vary from listener to listener, the gentle, mostly-acoustic mood of this release strongly suggests that Witmer would likely respond affirmatively to his own query. The overall effect of this music is that of a dreamy, 10-part lullaby. Don Peris (of The Innocence Mission) produced it, and many of its songs feature angelic vocals from Karen Peris (also of The Innocence Mission), as well as Sufjan Stevens' sweetly plucked banjo. To quote an old pop song, "dreams are for those who sleep," and sleep (or lack thereof) is constantly on Witmer's mind throughout this work. For example, insomnia is explored with "Everything But Sleep," whereas "Worry All The Time" begins with Witmer's musing about waking up in the morning in a worried state. But it's hard to feel overly concerned or agitated about anything while listening to Witmer here, because he sings his songs with such a comforting and melodic voice. Furthermore, his words - which oftentimes incorporate Biblical wisdom - flow seamlessly with calm lyrical reassurances. Denison Witmer's music makes you truly believe that dreams still come true, as Are You A Dreamer? offers restful musical therapy for the soul.

-Dan MacIntosh

Track Listing:
1 - Little Flowers
2 - Everything But Sleep
3 - Ringing Of The Bell Tower
4 - Are You A Dreamer?
5 - East From West
6 - California Brown And Blue
7 - Castle And Cathedral
8 - Worry All The Time
9 - Grandma Mary
10 - Finding Your Feet Again

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