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Return to the Dream

by Return to the Dream

Acoustic-based alternative music for grown-ups.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Angel
3:42 $0.99
2. Pocketful of Change
4:18 $0.99
3. Chippin' Away
4:05 $0.99
4. God Is Working in the Dark
3:55 $0.99
5. Keep On Wanting You
4:19 $0.99
6. Hide and Seek
4:34 $0.99
7. It's Gonna Change Me
2:53 $0.99
8. Mother's Spiritual
3:55 $0.99
9. What I See
4:11 $0.99
10. Can't Find My Way Home
5:12 $0.99
11. Here's to My Wild Irish Boy
2:54 $0.99
12. Touch of Your Hand
4:00 $0.99
13. The Dream Rolls On
3:20 $0.99
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Album Notes
"It's really lovely. So nice to hear actual harmony singing again on records. There's a real need for this kind of thoughtful acoustic harmony-driven music right now." David Browne, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone Magazine

"This is a beautiful CD. Great arrangements, great songs, wonderfully recorded, sung, performed. The quintessential Modern Folk CD." Dave Fields, award-winning producer and staff writer, Big City Rhythm and Blues Magazine

We call ourselves Return to the Dream because that’s exactly what we’ve done: we’ve gone back to doing the thing we love most - in our case, making music. We encourage everyone to make room in their lives for the thing that makes them the happiest. One of our goals is to start a community of people who want to share their stories of going back to, or forward toward, their dreams. If you’re on that road, drop us a line and tell us all about it. We’d love to hear from you.

And remember, as George Eliot so eloquently said, “It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”

Each member of Return to the Dream is a seasoned performer in his or her own right, but have come together to create a cohesive and unique "Eclectic Acoustic" sound with their original music.

Diane Garisto - Lead and background vocals, guitar, dulcimer, strumstick: In a much varied career, Diane has toured as a vocalist with major recording artists such as Steely Dan and Laura Nyro and was fortunate to sing on Paul Simon's multi-platinum award-winning album, Graceland and Billy Joel's evocative River of Dreams. She's appeared on Late Night with David Letterman and Saturday Night Live, and shared the mic with such musical legends as Patti Labelle, Al Jarreau, Carly Simon, and George Benson.

Tom Griffith - Lead and background vocals, lead guitar, dulcimer: Tom has worked with artists such as Marc Cohn, Ry Cooder, Fats Domino, and Dave Edmunds, and won several Clio and Cannes Silver Lion awards. Recently he's produced and written songs for International Blues Challenge Award winner Toby Walker. Tom's first solo album, 40 Years Later, was just chosen as Newsday's number one Local CD of 2007.

Martha Trachtenberg - Lead and background vocals, guitar, mandolin: Martha was a founding member of the Buffalo Gals, the first all-woman bluegrass band. She has gone on to perform with artists such as David Bromberg, Lucy Kaplansky, Livingston Taylor, and Steve Forbert. Her songs have been recorded by several nationally-known artists, including Little Toby Walker, Tony Trischka and Skyline, and Missy Raines and Jim Hurst. Her CD, It's About Time, won straight As from Newsday.

Andy Huenerberg - Lead and background vocals, bass: Andy is a much in demand bass player who has been in the biz one way or another since the age of 11. He has worked as a banjo and guitar player, recording engineer and professional choral singer in addition to his work on the bass. He has recently had the good fortune to record and perform with blues legend Hubert Sumlin, and work with award-winning blues artist Dave Fields.



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Thumbs up!
Return to the Dream's first album is cozy, clever, tightly harmonized, and bubbling with musicality. It delivers track after track of solid acoustic material like tasty scoops of ice cream in a variety of flavors, including folk, pop, bluegrass, rock and more.

Emily Bindiger

I do this kind of stuff for a living and I'm just so jealous!!! This CD is a pleasure - acoustic folk, tight harmonies, really good writing. Hey, I be in the band??

Leslie Pfaff

Return to the Dream
Haunting. A few of the cuts will adamantly refuse to go out of your head -- which is actually a good thing for a change.


I have seen RTTD live many times and I cant say enough about how great this group is. Tight harmony, phenomenal guitars and thoughtful lyrics. How great is it that they have FINALLY put out a killer CD that is masterfully produced. If RTTD is reading this, keep it coming!!

Rock Wilk

this album is just a beautiful piece of art, period. organic, meaningful and so musical, if you like music and if you want to feel something in your soul, buy this now. Four great musicians coming together with no pretense, just making great music, when you listen you can just feel "the joy", and that's what it's all about, right? Doesn't matter what style of music you're into, this is good shit, gift yourself and pick one up, real talk.

Audrey Feiner

Return to the Dream
Witty and wonderful

Deborah Morrison

A True Gem!
Absolutely love this album! It's in my player all the time. Love the harmonies, and intricate songwriting! A must for your collection!

Racquel of BabyTuesday

This CD inspires
This CD, from start to finish, is one refreshing display of natural and steady talent. The songs are open, musical, and beautiful. Diane, Tom, Andy and Martha are so natural a fit, these 4 musicians jive and support each other. As a result, each song is as beautiful as the next. I especially cherish Diane's vocals, she offers a honey drenched Laura Nyro sound on the tracks she leads. My favorite, "pocketful of change",is in direct contrast to Martha's husky earthy leads on tracks like "angel", and Tom's familiar bell like voice on others...making the CD all the more interesting and complete. Add in Andy Huenerberg, a musicians' musician, who really anchors the arrangements with his skillful playing, and the aural idea is complete. I don't pretend to know the Dream they were trying to return to...but by the end of this album, I pretty much knew the dream they had landed me in. Return to the Dream is a fleetwood- mac- technicolor picture carefully muted to perfection, with a peter--paul-and -mary-palate of folk pastels. I must say, I love it, and highly recommend the experience of owning this CD.

Toby Walker

Solid songwriting, incredible harmonies, fantastic musicianship, meaningful, thoughtful lyrics and overall fun. If you want to feel uplifted , this CD is for you.