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Patrick VW - vocals
Bill Champlin - bg vocals
Ginai - bg vocals
Lee Spath - drums
Richard Simon - bass
Harry Donahue - piano
Fred Sokolow - guitar, ukulele
Recorded and Mixed by Al Schmitt

Dream A Little Dream of Me Sample
Dream a little Dream of Me

Who doesn't love this song? Mama Cass really nailed it and set the standard for all of us. This is another one of the songs that I would sing with my sister, Noela, at family parties and my mom would sing along too.

One of my thoughts when I was recording this - and the other songs too - was that I had to make it my own version - and not try to imitate Mama Cass.

I had been using ukulele on a few songs recently and thought it would work on this. I had played it a few times at events and people liked the ukulele version. When we went to Capitol to record, I asked guitarist Fred Sokolow to bring his ukulele and see if we could make it work. We cut the track using the acoustic guitar and the full band and then he quickly added the uke. I loved it.

My dear pal, Harry Donahue played the piano and made the song swing. He did his sort of ragtime - rolling piano licks and just lifted the song to a magical level.

It was better than what I had imagined. I had been worried about recording this track because I was not sure that I could get it right. The band played so nicely that it really made it much easier to sing it. Once they cut the track I knew it would work.

I loved what the Mamas and Papas had done with this and I really wanted to add background vocals - but not try to cop them.

So.. I asked the great Bill Champlin to come in and do his magic on it. I knew he would get what I was trying to do and put his own special sound to it.

This was another part of my dream come true. I had wanted my friend, great singer and supporter, Ginai, to get to sing with Bill. I knew they would sound great together and I knew that it would light her up. Having experienced many vocal sessions with Bill over the last 35 years - I have a good idea of how he works. It was a great treat to include my Hawaii friends - and especially Ginai to join in on the vocals and the Bill Champlin style of recording. His voice has graced hundreds (maybe millions) of famous recordings and I knew the two of them would hit it off.

They stacked about 10 tracks of background vocals and added a few doo wops at the end. This was better than anything I could have asked for.

I wanted my sister Noela to sing the song with me and swap verses - choruses - but, because of the low key I had to sing in - it would not work with her. She was very gracious and we decided that we'd do it again - it her key - so we can get a great recording for her too.

We still sing it together at family parties and it never gets old.

VWPC-13-003-M.mp3: Dream a Little Dream

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