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.
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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