Conceived,developed and completed as a labour of love,\'Dream Dogs\' exists as an expression of the creativity and the love of music of all involved. Casting aside concerns about things one can\'t control :\'Will people like it?\' \'What is our market?\' etc. And focusing on bringing these songs up to maturity we likewise foolishly cast to the wind worries about lengths of songs,when songs were written and what songs belonged in the mix, choosing the \'water seeks it\'s own level\' approach. We eschewed over-production and micromanagement unless focusing on a given detail truly,in our belief,served the song. Everything that could be played \'off the floor\' \'on the day\' was played...then we finished..not in haste.. but listening for the completed song...if there is any such thing!! The idea was to take pride in the work so that music lovers could take joy in the result. The moods are diverse and what holds it all together,in our belief,is that all the songs are played by the same people and,in the main,written by the same people. The songs I wrote with Russ began as poems with rhythmic intentions (mostly).The rest began with chord sequences,melody and finally lyric. ....The influences on this music range from Stevie Wonder to Billy Joel to Mahavishnu John McLaughlin to Joni Mitchell to Steely Dan to Weather Report to Led Zeppelin to Chick Corea to Yes to every music we\'ve ever loved!!! The players: Russ Boswell-A dynamic performer of live music-he\'ll attack any chart with gusto-Russ is also a session player of note in Toronto (and elsewhere) having played on numerous albums (check his website). This,however, is not the whole story ..: a writer lurked within for years. The day Russ asked \'Got any lyrics?\' was a momentous one for me. We quickly had 25 co-writes,7 of which are on this album. Tony Zorzi- Although well-known and respected in the music world as an accomplished guitar-player and more,my thought for years has been that that his true brilliance was not really being seen...his ability to dig gold out of the corners of the music...his subtle,quirky magnificence. I wanted to see more of this come out and I hope that this album went some way toward occasioning that. Bruce Moffet- A quick look at Bruce\'s resume- from Prairie Oyster to Mary Margaret O\'Hara to Corey Hart to this project reveals the rich dimension of his musical character. Always a team player who sees the big musical picture,his compositional approach to this music make him indispensable...and those big fat grooves creating a world of space don\'t hurt a bit. Rob Gusevs- Long known as a funkmeister and a keyboardist of surpassing purity and pristine elegance,Rob\'s contribution to this album will be seen as singular to those who listen more than once! Hold things together he does...but! Oh so much more. Rusty McCarthy- Some kind of a renaissance man...and his musical presence is always memorable..unforgettable. Never ordinary,his contribution to \'Trash Mahal\'is magical and intuitive and ushers the song to the conclusion of it\'s dark journey. Terry Hatty- Spotted from the stage at St. Ninian\'s Parish Centre in Antigonish Nova Scotia doing a soggy Jagger impression, Terry Hatty did not yet know that his life was about to change. Recommended as someone \'who can actually sing\' to bassist Peter Griffin by his room-mate!: (possibly the only person on the campus of St. Francis Xavier University privy to this knowledge!)Hatty was invited into Purple Splintered Night and his musical journey was begun... and immediately almost terminated as he found live performance\'too nervous-making\'. Fortunately,he was dragged kicking and screaming into his second band \'Ruptured Duck Repair Service\' by friend and musical cohort Pat Riley,who refused to take \'no\'!! It was the 60\'s,the Beatles had changed the world and psychedelia was rearranging it. Ruptured Duck gave way to Boiler Putty and Rocky King and the Blockbusters,all in Hatty\'s home town of Saint John,New Bunswick. After journeying to Montreal and Vancouver,B.C.via Woodstock (yes..that Woodstock)a cross-country train trip brought him,for the first time,to Prince Edward Island where he joined forces again with Pat Riley in a band called Storm,which also featured guitarist George Antoniak. A summer trip to Halifax,Nova Scotia in 1970 turned into two years and saw Hatty in various bands writing songs and seeking recording deals..bands like Turnpike,Pepper Tree and Oakley,Morris,Harris and Hatty. Halifax music fans would particularly remember Turnpike and Pepper Tree.