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From the upcoming October 2017 release: MY Dream My Fantasy

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https://youtu.be/_ujgutjuR7o

This tune "Already Gone" is that long journey into night of Alzheimer's Disease.

Already Gone is one of 14 selected tunes: new tunes, re-worked, re-tracked and re-mastered for release this summer.

The release "My Dream-My Fantasy" by mike shannon & Big Bus Dream, along with 4th Ward is a multi year passion project.

Check out the video below...

https://youtu.be/GB1T1E7Hhyo

After numerous bumps in the road, Big Bus Dream will issue it's final release, Exit Stage Left, early 2017. The recordings will additionally include pre-BBD, 4th Ward, as well as several of our favorite producers. The release will include new tunes,     re-recordings of select favorite tunes and several tracks never released. Some new music to be posted shortly.

Big Bus Dream's final release, Exit Stage Left, is wrapping up. It's an assortment of music, including tracks with members of my earlier band, 4th Ward, as well as guest musicians. It's never been about the money...only the journey. It's been a good ride. Below is a sample of the upcoming release:

https://bigbusdream1.bandcamp.com/track/lies

Nice to see we inspired someone...

http://thecelebritycafe.com/reviews/2013/04/big-bus-dream-big-dream-baby

 

Happy Holidays to all!

I recorded Just A Tear sometime back with music producer Eddie Z and some fine jazz players in the Charlotte, NC area. Loved the finishished tracks...thought it time to share it with friends of Big Bus Dream. Hope you enjoy.

http://bigbusdream.bandcamp.com/track/just-a-tear

 Mary's Spoken, recorded live with host Divakar in-studio at WEND (106.5 "The End")

Big Bus Dream - Mary's Spoken (Live in Studio) by Wampus Multimedia

I have been told I should write more about my tunes, my thought process...the meaning behind the song. In fact, my own label says I am negligent in this matter. But i have always felt it's most important what the listener hears, deciphers from the tune.

I will tell you that Big Bus Dream is about reaching for a dream. I would rather fall short of something great than succeed at nothing of consequence. The music is about failing at life but still lifting yourself up... because there's an unfullfuilled dream out there with my/your name on it. 

So, if you are out there and listening, most important to me is what do you hear?

Thanks to Dan Herman over at Radio Crystal Blue for playing tracks this week off our current release, Big Dream Baby.

Check out the site: http://radiocrystalblue.net/home/  Thanks, Dan, for keeping our musical dream alive!

 

Thanks to DJ Rankin at Deegco Productions for a terrific shoot & final edit.

Click on the below link...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bPbHdaMtG8&feature=plcp

Big Bus Dream spoke with Richard Fulco of Riff Raf about the songwriting approach to the new release, Big Dream Baby. This was part of Riff Raf's Songwriting 101 series.  Fun was had by all! Click on the link and climb aboard...

Recently, Exclusive Magazine Editor, Russell Trunk, interviewed me regarding our new release, Big Dream Baby. Along the way, additional Big Bus Dream topics were thrown into the mix. Just click on the link...

http://annecarlini.com/ex_interviews.php?id=1215

Click on the link for a review of Big Dream Baby currently running in Exclusive Magazine:

 

DJ Rankin, of Deegco Productions, has done a terrific job with the 1st round of edits on our upcoming C'mon & Run video. DJ's editing really strengthens the storyline. We're looking forward to getting the video up online later this month.

Until the video is up, do check out C'mon & Run (below link) & imagine your own storyline...

http://bigbusdream.bandcamp.com/track/cmon-run

Thank you all for your feedback after last weekend's radio show. It is much appreciated. We had a good time playing Mary Has Spoken and doing the interview with Divakar.

The 1st round of edits are being done this weekend on the video for C'mon & Run. This will be my 1st time seeing the footage shot last month. So far, an interesting process!

We'll be over at Clear Channel's WEND (106.5 The End) studio this Saturday taping an in-studio acoustic performance and interview. Divakar will be hosting and spinning a few tracks off of the new release, Big Dream Baby. If in the listening area, tune in Sunday evening at 8:30 PM. You can also listen on-line @ www.1065.com. At some point we'll also post an MP3 of the acoustic performance.

The Big Bus Dream name comes from a lyric of mine, from the track Really Tired; this track (an early incarnation of the current track Fried) is off of 4th Ward's 2000 debut release. Below is the origin of Big Bus Dream:

"Sometimes, not always, but sometimes it seems

 I'm a special tourist in your big bus dream

 But you're driving eyeless on this one-way street

 Can't you hear us coming in this very big machine"

Check it out. Big Bus Dream is the Featured News today on Mi2N:

http://www.mi2n.com/

Shooting for C'mon & Run is complete. We are now waiting on the rough cut...and looking forward to putting the final  up on the site for you. Until then, a few lyrics from C'mon & Run...

"You better have a thick coat baby, so when they stick you it doesn't hurt. You better have some quick moves darlin', know when to hit the dirt. You better have some big dreams baby, cause dreamers built this place. Never think your it and others are not...hatred has an ugly face"

We'd love for you to check out our tunes on the listen/buy page. we hope you climb onboard our bus. Thanks to Mark Doyon at Wampus Multimedia - www.wampus.com - for keeping our dream alive... "gotta have a big dream baby!"

Great shoot Sunday. We did interiors at an abandoned textile mill. DJ Rankin, Deegco, did a terrific job behind the camera, as well as bringing in a fun group of actors to work alongside me and Chick. The remaining shoot is this coming week. The video should be completed by the end of the month. It should be interesting...not your usual fare.

Big Dream Baby is out tomorrow! We'd love to have you onboard for the ride!!

We begin shooting our video for the new tune C'mon & Run on Sunday 3-25. D J Rankin is doing the shoot. We'll be shooting up in the NoDa area.

Our new release, Big Dream Baby, hits the streets March 27, 2012. It's being released on Wampus Multimedia.

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