Yes, there is a Fridge Magnet

Fridge Magnet

Since the case for Dreams & Visions is a metal one, I thought a cool idea would be to include a fridge magnet in the package. However when I mention the magnet to folks they most often haven’t noticed this bonus item. Most thought that it was either a sticker or simply a graphic printed on the case. It is not a thick magnet, but it is indeed removable from the CD tin and can be placed on any appropriate metal surface (like a fridge door!)  The yellow arrow in the picture above points to the magnet, so have a look in your Dreams & Visions CD case, it should be there. If you don’t have a copy of Dreams & Visions yet, may this be an added incentive.

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More Radio Airplay

This past weekend songs from Dreams & Visions were played on two different radio stations a continent apart. On Saturday Chris MacIntosh played “The Wilderness Path Leads to a Mountain” on radio station WCWP in New York. I checked out the webcast and not only enjoyed hearing my piece, but wonderful music from other artists. Chris’ show is well worth tuning into – it’s call “Rock & Soul Gospel” and airs on Fridays at 9:00 PM and Sundays at 6:00 PM. One can stream his show by going to the station website: http://www.wcwp.org/88-1-fm/

On Sunday Briana Hedlin played “Scattered Stones” on the show she co-hosts called “Rainbow Radio YXE” found on the Saskatoon station CFCR. This program runs on Sundays at 9:30pm.  It can be streamed on the internet at CFCR.CA/ONAIR.

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Special Instruments from Special People

On Dreams & Visions I was fortunate to have been able to play a couple of very special instruments, not only because of what the instruments were, but also because of whose they were. Both of the special people have gone to join the saints in heaven, and so it seems particularly appropriate that these two instruments show up on Dream #4, my musical depiction of what we have to look forward to after this life ends. The first instrument is a 1958 Chet Atkins Gretsch 6120 model guitar. This orange beauty belonged to my Uncle Lyndy Olson. He was a huge Chet Atkins fan, and he mastered the Atkins style of playing. I used to love going to visit my Uncle Lyndy and Aunt Elaine just to watch and listen to Lyndy play this guitar...

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2015 Covenant Award Nominations

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I am excited to announce that Dreams & Visions has been nominated for three Covenant Awards. Dreams & Visions is nominated in both INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR and JAZZ/BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR categories. In addition to those two musical award categories Dreams & Visions is also nominated in the ALBUM ARTWORK OF THE YEAR category – which is surely the result of such wonderful artwork and photography contributions from others. The Covenant Awards are the leading national awards for Canadian Christian Music. The winners will be announced at the Awards Ceremony to be held on November 5th in Edmonton, Alberta.

I have checked out the other nominees and there is a lot of very fine music being considered, however I will say that Dreams & Visions is quite different from the other nominees (solo...

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Dreams & Visions played on New York radio station

Chris MacIntosh, aka “Grandfather Rock, has a radio show called Rock N Soul Gospel on WCWP (88.1 FM) in New York. I met Chris at KindlingsFest this summer. He was interested in Dreams & Visions, and took a copy back with him to New York. It was very cool hearing Chris play some tracks from my CD, and read some of the poetry from the CD booklet!  Here is what Chris had to say about Dreams & Visions:

I have been listening to the album “Dreams & Visions” by Canadian artist Dennis Hendricksen quite a lot lately. It reminds me of the first time I heard albums like “Things We Like” by Jack Bruce or “Bitches Brew” by Miles Davis. It is a brilliant collection of instrumental pieces woven together by a common thread...

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New Review from Phantom Tollbooth

Today I discovered that The Phantom Tollbooth reviewed Dreams & Visions. I have been reading The Phantom Tollbooth reviews for years now, I have always appreciated the scope of their reviews, and the integrity of their approach. This review was written by Scott S. Mertens, a long-time contributor to the Tollbooth.

His review begins with a one sentence summary:

Dreams & Visions is a beautiful musical journey successfully melding music and picture to story and quote.

Click here for the full review.

 

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Quite the review

Kirk Jordan is a creative sort from Arkansas, a photographer and poet, an articulate reviewer – which is how I came across his blog Wood Between the Worlds. I sent Kirk a copy of Dreams & Visions and hoped he would find it worthy of comment. He did, to say the least, and his review of Dreams & Visions is quite a creative work in and of itself. Check out the review here.

While you’re at it I would encourage you to also check out some of Kirk’s photography here.

One more Kirk site to peruse would be the one dedicated to his poetry.

Thanks Kirk for putting your response to my music into such vivid words.

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A Discovery of Doctors

In putting together some links for this website I realized that two friends and fellow musicians who played on Dreams & Visions have earned their Doctorates in Music!  Robert Howey, who plays clarinet and bass clarinet received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University.  Dr. Howey is currently an instructor in the Fine Arts Department of Grande Prairie Regional College in Grande Prairie, Alberta.  Akira Murotani, who plays trumpet, received his Doctor of Musical Arts at State University of New York, Stony Brook. Dr. Murotani currently plays with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Here is a very old photo from a recording session for Intersecting Circles (1990) that shows all three of us – before they became Doctors!

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Coming Soon – Reviews

I am excited to say that very soon I will be able to point folks to some full length reviews about Dreams & Visions found elsewhere in cyberspace. Meanwhile here are a few comments from people reacting to my newest recording:

Arlen Salte – Awesome, awesome album. Richly ambient, album artwork that inspires, knock your face off playing (when appropriate), serious groove when it fits, great haunting vocals, smooth textures, great mix, deeply spiritual. . . . . well worth the wait.

Clint Uhrich – The compositions and performances are very, very rich, compelling, and beautiful. Dreams & Visions is really something.

Jeff JohnsonDreams & Visions is a great creative success on so many fronts. Hugh’s contributions are marvelous… and the other players are fantastic as well...

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Hello there

Welcome to this website. It will take a while to get all the things posted that I am hoping to share, but this is a start.

Coming soon will be pictures of musicians involved in Dreams & Visions, reviews of that new release, and stories from the various recording sessions that were part of that project.

I’m glad you are here, take some time to explore, and leave a comment – I’d be happy to hear from you.

Dennis

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