At the beginning of making this album, this initial idea about dreams came to me.. The way dreams are about emotion, and how they are a way for our minds to explore feelings, and how we make dreams come true with emotion and feelings as well. I wondered if I could create an entire album that ‘felt’ like that dream state. So I challenged myself to create an album around it. I wrote a handful of tracks, but nothing quite sounded like what I was going for until the day I recorded “Whispering”. When I finished it, I knew there was something in that track that would lead me forward through the album, and it did. There was something minimal and hypnotic about it that felt like dreaming in some way. I usually try to ‘feel’ my way through creating music and this felt like the direction. That emotional, open, dream-like approach became the blueprint for “Dreamstate” and the ten tracks that followed fell into place gracefully over the next year.
Creating the music had this calming, healing effect, and I started to wonder if it might have the same effect on the audience of the music later. Recording the album became this wonderful adventure, working with old and new friends, listening with them, recording here in the studio, recording with an orchestra, And sharing in the joy of creating it all. All of it was like being in a dream of sorts—a wonderful dream filled with this music and these people.
- Bill Brown - August 2018, from the studio