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Travelin' Dreams

by Sound Traveler

Take two innovative acoustic musicians. Add guitar, trumpet, bass, concertina, percussion, banjo, harmonica, & vocals. Blend with energy, passion, creativity, love, & style. The result? Listen & travel with us as we share the experience with you.
Genre: Folk: Jazzy folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Travelin' Dreams
3:23 $0.99
2. 'Neath the Waters
3:44 $0.99
3. In My Lady's Eyes
4:13 $0.99
4. Tropical Sun
4:43 $0.99
5. My Baby Treats Me Like a Dog
3:15 $0.99
6. When I Grow Up
3:25 $0.99
7. Till We Start Again
3:50 $0.99
8. I Would
4:15 $0.99
9. Charts Yet
3:49 $0.99
10. North of the Barge
3:31 $0.99
11. Cruise Control
3:40 $0.99
12. Lead On
5:01 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Bob's reflections about Travelin' Dreams:

Putting an album together is scary. We start with a blank CD, hoping to fill it with music and lyrics that will be meaningful – for ourselves and others. Idea by idea, instrument by instrument, and track by track the project grows. Finally, it comes to fruition. Birth. From that point, each song begins its own journey, apart from our guidance.

I am listed as the composer of the songs on this new CD, but that is only part of the story. Sound Traveler is a team – two people working together to bring some musical ideas to life. Patty involves herself with every detail, almost always interpreting and improving whatever concept I might have had in mind. She supports my musical decisions and enhances them with her performance and style. I bring most of the melodies, lyrics, and basic structure to the table. But Patty brings the magic of her trumpet, concertina, melodica, percussion, and bass to each song where appropriate. Her voice blends with mine, adding unique texture. She dresses each musical composition in an array of musical finery that shows each off to best advantage. Without Patty, some of these songs might exist, but these arrangements would be impossible. This CD is as much a product of our relationship as it is a product of our respective musical abilities and talents. Now, we invite you to share in this collaboration as you close your eyes and join your experiences with ours.

About the songs:

1. Sound Traveler spends a lot of time on the road. We collect experiences wherever we go. At the end of each day, we sleep, we dream, and we rise again. Come with us and experience some of our favorite “Travelin' Dreams.”

2. I woke up one morning with a banjo chorus jangling in my head. Questions immediately flooded my mind. Why does this character feel he needs to be washed? Is it because of something he did, or was something done to him? The answer may always rest “ 'Neath the Waters.”

3. There is no one like Patty – a mature but child-like spirit who completely embraces the world. And the best part is that I can really feel the smile “In My Lady's Eyes.”

4. Oh, the white sandy coast of Florida – where time stalls and problems dissipate. It feels a lot like paradise, especially in our “Tropical Sun.”

5. Although people once thought it a terrible thing to be treated like a dog, those days are long gone. This song lists a few reasons why I'm not ashamed to say that “My Baby Treats Me Like a Dog.”

6. Little kids often talk about what they want to be when they get older. Although I'm no longer a child, I feel like I am still developing. I hope this process continues until I am embraced by the Author of it all – “When I Grow Up.”

7. When Patty plays the concertina, people smile. Some are even moved to dance. We hope everyone continues to dance “ 'Till We Start Again.”

8. I was born in Savannah, Georgia. Often I would sit by our tidal creek and gaze out toward Moon River on my left and Vernon River to my right. As a young man, I remember looking out into the distance and imagining. I wanted to fully experience it all. I wondered if “I Would.”

9. What is success? For some musicians, the pot of gold lies at the top of Billboard magazine's Top 100 music charts. But perhaps other measures are more important. We'll keep reaching, and who knows – we could make the “Charts Yet.”

10. Some common phrases are poetic by nature. In Merritt Island, Florida, locals refer to the area north of State Road 528 as “North of the Barge.” The first time I heard that name, I imagined a homesick traveler heading back to his home on the Island, and soon I had a song to get him there.

11. A guitar riff can worm its way into my head anytime. This one began to control my fingers on fall afternoons while I watched my kids practicing soccer. Years later, I started thinking about how to include Patty's soaring trumpet into the already hyperactive mix. After adding bass and percussion, we were finally ready to put it in “Cruise Control.”

12. One day after a difficult recording session, I leaned back, closed my eyes, and this song found me. As the words flowed, I knew I had something that would become special to me. I prayed for the Spirit to “Lead On.” I still do.

See an expanded version of Bob's reflections, song lyrics, and more at

About Sound Traveler:

Music has rewarded us with gifts beyond measure. Through an open mic at Carolina BBQ in Newland, NC, in 2005, it gave us the opportunity to meet. Music played its part in our growing relationship while we worked together as the Bob & Ellie with Patty trio. In 2010, when Sound Traveler was created and our marriage began, music smiled on us every step of the way. When Sound Traveler became a full-time enterprise in 2012, music gave us the courage to go for it and never look back. In return, we give music everything we have without reservation.

Because of our music, we’ve watched a 102-year-old lady dance with abandon. A man rose from his wheelchair to dance with a lady who had no legs. A World War II veteran played his fiddle with us one day. A room full of memory care residents came alive at an impromptu dance party.

We’ve celebrated countless birthdays, including Bob’s mom’s 90th celebration. We were honored to play a wedding reception where the father of the bride danced with his daughter, his wife, and his mother. We played at a winery as Patty’s parents celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. And once we even played in a pasture for a “horsewarming” party.

Children have come up to our stage to sing “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” with us. Classrooms full of students have become energized as we explored the connection between poetry and music. Little ones have bounced and danced while their proud parents beamed. We’ve serenaded dogs, deer, and cockatoos, and it’s all because of music.

As our name implies, we travel to create our sounds. Our home bases are Cape Canaveral (FL) and Avery County (NC), and we regularly visit Orlando, the Tampa Bay area, Gainesville (FL), and Savannah (GA). We’ve also performed in Costa Rica (Nosara and Tamarindo), and the Washington DC area, and we look forward to adding new destinations to our ever-growing schedule. Wherever we go, we strive to always

Honor the music of the past
Celebrate fine contemporary music, and
Add our own original creations and arrangements to the diverse mix.

The result is innovative and unique, as we make real, live music using unexpected combinations of instruments (guitar, trumpet, bass, concertina, banjo, harmonica, percussion, melodica, ukulele) and vocals. Tracks (previously recorded music), looping devices, and songbooks are never used. The genres we cover also express our eclectic nature: expect to hear classic rock/pop/country tunes, classy standards, light jazz, folk, traditional, gospel, and even some originals in a typical Sound Traveler performance.

We’ve had the distinct pleasure of playing over 1000 shows (and counting) since 2010, and the view from our stage gets better and better every day. Whether your special event is for an intimate restaurant or a festival in a city park, it would be our privilege to provide you with top-quality musical entertainment!

About Bob Tatum: From almost as far back as Bob can remember, music and singing has been like breathing – something that he did because it brought life. Whether he was banging out tunes on an old out-of-tune upright piano or picking out melodies on a cheap, hard-to-play guitar at his home in Savannah, Georgia, music was always his soundtrack for existence, connecting deeply to his soul. Bob played in several groups including Shalom, Sunset, and Echoes & Shadows before moving to North Carolina in the mid-1980s. He wrote and performed in an original Christian musical entitled Breath Like a Wind which was presented in the Western North Carolina area for three seasons. Later, Bob became a founding member of Crossties, an acoustic quartet that featured close harmonies, reminding many of Peter, Paul and Mary. Throughout much of the past two decades, Bob teamed up with the incomparable vocalist Ellie Hjemmet to establish the well-respected group Bob & Ellie and its variant Bob & Ellie with Patty. Bob plays lead guitar, banjo, and harmonica while adding lead and harmony vocals. Since moving to Cape Canaveral in 2010, Bob has focused his musical energies exclusively on Sound Traveler. Bob has an original Christmas song that was released on the CD Christmas in the Mountains: Volume III, and other songs that he both co-wrote and performed with Sound Traveler are on Christmas in the Mountains: Volumes IV, V, VI, and VII.

About Patty Kunze Tatum: Growing up in Orlando, Florida, Patty can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a musical soundtrack running 24/7 in her brain. After performing as a trumpet player in two Up With People casts (North America and Europe) and a jazz orchestra (Nagoya, Japan), she picked up the guitar and co-founded a contemporary Christian acoustic duo called Beautiful Day which performed at various events around Florida. When she joined forces with Bob and Ellie in the spring of 2007, she discovered her love for the bass guitar. She also plays trumpet, concertina, melodica, ukulele, and percussion while adding lead and harmony vocals. Although Patty lives most of the year in Cape Canaveral, Florida, she and Bob spend an extended summer season in their second home of Avery County, North Carolina. Patty loves to travel and make music more than just about anything, and she is enjoying everywhere life with Bob and Sound Traveler takes her. Her personal motto: “Live, love, dance, laugh, make music!”



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Sound Traveler1
Bob and Patty Tatum's new CD is very much like the two I met in NC! Bob's original song writing is fresh and always means something to him or Patty. The music is upbeat and then at times mellow. You hear all the instruments clearly on the CD which is most incredible because there are only two people. This CD will be in my car every time we travel because we love the words and sentiment put into each and every song. My Favorite is "My Baby Treats Me Like Dog" , the added dog barks makes it even funnier! Love this CD and the tatums!


Love the new CD!
"Dance till the break of day...In the Tropical Sun!" Wonderful new sounds blended with the old style we know and love. Great new CD!


New CD
Put it on "Cruise Control" and enjoy! Love the new CD!


Travelin' Dreams
The first time I played this CD I listened closely to the lyrics and thought they were well written. When I re-played the CD I was working in my office and found all the songs to be compatible to my working conditions. Very enjoyable music style. My wife's favorite is Travelin' Dreams and mine too, along with My Baby Treats Me Like A Dog.