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Big Dream Baby

by Big Bus Dream

Big Bus Dream is about the distinctiveness of the song, the arrangement, the colors. Not for the deaf of heart.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Parade
3:58 album only
2. Little Bit Insane
3:49 album only
3. Wonderland
4:31 album only
4. In & Out
3:31 album only
5. These Days
3:01 album only
6. Fried
3:33 album only
7. Laughing
4:04 album only
8. Trapped
4:01 album only
9. Mary's Spoken
4:11 album only
10. Letting Go
3:27 album only
11. I'd Follow You
4:09 album only
12. Here I Am
3:44 album only
13. Utopia
2:28 album only
14. Charlie's Gone
2:44 album only
15. C'mon & Run
4:27 album only


Album Notes
Big Bus Dream is a visionary urban rock duo founded by singer-songwriter Mike Shannon and guitarist-songwriter Chick Tsikouras. On their torch-carrying new album, 'Big Dream Baby,' the pair mints a literate brand of social comment in the tradition of Lou Reed, John Lennon, and Mark Oliver Everett (Eels). Blending acoustic roots with muscular, electrified arrangements, the album evokes nothing more than Reed’s 'Transformer.'

On a trio of releases beginning with their 2006 debut, Shannon (former leader of 4th Ward) and Tsikouras (Pat Metheny, Mamas and Papas) have recorded a voyage of emotional disintegration and redemption. The story is not unfamiliar, but the telling of it is original and universal. In Shannon’s eyes, we are trying and failing at life, at dreams, and finding a sort of unimagined grace in the wisdom it brings us. As he sings in “C’mon & Run,” the album’s anthemic closer, “you better have a big dream, baby / ’cause dreamers built this place / never think you’re it and the others are not / ’cause hatred has an ugly face.” The big dream, to Shannon, is a sort of battered salvation.

From “Wonderland,” a plain-spoken account of a family torn apart, to “Fried,” a tuneful lament of time’s march, to “Mary’s Spoken,” the acceptance of an inevitable end, Big Bus Dream perseveres in the face of disappointment. We are not defined by our setbacks, Shannon says, but they are always there. The big dream fuels and sustains us.

Big Bus Dream is about the distinctiveness of the song, the arrangement, the colors. Says Shannon, “People say when they hear our tunes they immediately know it’s us. That’s what original music should be about: sounding like no one else.”

Produced by Shannon and recorded with Jamie Hoover, 'Big Dream Baby' includes cameos from Jeff Kephart, Brian Bayne, Julianne Allen, Andrew Shannon, Ben Huber, Ray Henderson, and Shoe String Symphony.



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