Ian & The Dream

Ian & The Dream

 Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA
BandPopRock

Ian & The Dream have performed at The World's Largest Music Festival, Summerfest. Ian has opened for the Beach Boys at Waukesha County Fair & won "Top Singer" contest. His voice has been praised by Grammy award winner Bruce Johnston & his songs have been praised by Grammy award winner Stephen Short.

Biography

Why choose Ian & The Dream? They are veterans of live performances, radio, television, and the studio. They also write and record what Grammy award winners have called "hit-potential material."

They continue to perform at The World's Largest Music Festival, Summerfest. Ian has opened for the Beach Boys and his performance was praised by Grammy award winning Beach Boy Bruce Johnston.

They've performed on TV for Today's TMJ4 and popular anchor Carol Meekins called their performance and sound "sensational."

They've been nominated for "Catchiest Song of the Year" in this year's listening polls and continue to receive regular airplay on 889 Radio Milwaukee and other local outlets.

They've recorded with Grammy award winning producer Stephen Short, who has praised Ian's ability to craft hit songs.

In 2008, two high school best friends began embarking on their dream. Sure, they already had been active in Milwaukee’s music scene: front man Ian Ash won the Summerfest Pepsi Talent Search performing an original song at age 13. Bassist Chivo had already cut his teeth playing hard rock in several projects. But after seeing an opportunity to compete for a major label record deal, Ian & The Dream were formed.

Competing in Bodog’s Battle of the Bands, Ian & The Dream were named “Best Milwaukee Band,” landing them performances in front of larger crowds such as the Metro and House of Blues in Chicago. Ian Ash won the title “Top Singer” at Waukesha County Fair, earning him an opening performance with the Beach Boys. When Grammy award-winning Beach Boy Bruce Johnston praised Ian’s performance, the band knew they were ready to reach higher in pursuit of their dream.

Enter Stephen Short, Grammy award-winning record producer who was brought to the band’s attention late last year. Identifying a band with strong songs and musicianship, Short helped the band hone in on their identity. Taking them to the famed Sonic Ranch Studios in Tornillo, TX, Short produced an EP that brought out the best elements of Ian & The Dream: concise pop songs with uplifting honesty and emotion. How fitting that Ash, a songwriter who sat inside dissecting Beatles songs growing up, would get to work with Short, a sonic wizard who had worked intimately with Paul McCartney in the seventies.

The resulting release, Ian & The Dream, touches on themes of love, honesty, and living in the moment. One listen reveals the freshness this music has in this time and place. Melodies with flairs of oldies, combined with modern sonic textures, form a sound you haven’t quite heard before. To boldly go into new territory, that is The Dream.


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Lyrics

We Know How To Fall

Written By: Ian Abrahamson

When we're dry on borrowed time and there's nowhere to go.
Let’s not guess which way is best, focus on what we know.

We know how to fall, we know how to fall, baby
We know how to fall, we know how to fall, yeah

Yeah we're taking a chance drawing near to each other.
We both may get scraped on the chin.
But if we cant take a tumble how can we discover
If love will get under our skin?

When our hearts our bottomless, all the better for our fall.
When our hearts are dexterous, any problem will be small.

We know how to fall, we know how to fall, baby
We know how to fall, we know how to fall, yeah 2x
I will brace your falling.
you will brace my falling.

Yeah we're taking a chance drawing near to each other.
We both may get scraped on the chin.
But if we cant take a tumble how can we discover
If love will get under our skin?

wo oh oh oh oh falling free with you.
you're so oh oh oh oh oh falling free with me
i know oh oh oh oh we'll have to brace eachother now as we plunge deeper underneath.

Yeah we're taking a chance drawing near to each other.
We both may get scraped on the chin.
But if we cant take a tumble how can we discover
If love will get under our skin? Yeah

It’s that time in your life when you finally discover.
The beauty of letting fate win.
Because each step we retrace always points to another.
We're gonna find ways to begin again
We Know How to Fall

Frame Of Reference

Written By: Ian Abrahamson

Do you notice you’re fading from me?
You won’t see me much longer
Though you’ve plotted out so carefully
How you’ll prove you are stronger

Oh ever since you have lost your frame of reference
You buy it back at the cost of love and friendships
Ever since you have lost your frame of reference
You buy it back at a cost, I should have guessed this

You seemed such a proponent for peace
While her love for me was growing
Then grief stuck to your fingers like grease
Friend you make me cringe from knowing

Oh ever since you have lost your frame of reference
You buy it back at the cost of love and friendships
Ever since you have lost your frame of reference
You buy it back at a cost, I should have guessed this

Wo, uh-oh, uh-oh, No
Oh , oh, oh, there you go

Oh ever since you have lost your frame of reference
You buy it back at the cost of love and friendships
Ever since you have lost your frame of reference
You buy it back at a cost, I should have guessed this

Wo, uh-oh, uh-oh, No
Oh , oh, oh, there you go

Anna Belle

Written By: Ian Abrahamson

There was a time when I had to be prompted
To go and get that which I wanted
But I didn’t even know it
And when I finally decided I wanted to catch it
I didn’t have to go far to fetch it, cuz for once I didn’t blow it

Talkin’ bout my Anna Belle, I never knew all the good things we two had in store
Everything’s just goin' swell and I know that I can look forward to so much more
People say that young love is something you can't be sure of
But I am certain this will go on

How does it work that things turn out for the better?
Just like the time that I met her, I could see it in her eyes
And in time, things turned out to be perfect
We tell each other it's worth it, and I'm not surprised

I know what it's like to be in love
I know what it's like to have what I've dreamed of
I have been renewed by a dream come true and it's something I can’t explain

So Sad To Leave

Written By: Ian Abrahamson

Where do you hide away?
You’re always so plugged in to the world around you, yeah
How can you hide away?

When you keep to yourself, all your peace goes to hell


And I thought you pride yourself in being so articulate

Well, how much clearer can I get:

You’re playin’ me like a coquette

My bed feels dirty hearing you’ve been fakin’ it

While I’ve been givin’ and you lie there takin’ it

While not admitting that you have forsaken my love

You’re always so sad to leave, so sad to leave

What makes your feelings change?

When they run their own course

You treat them with remorse

How does your heart arrange

Them all from A to Z and

Why do you feel the need?

I thought you pride yourself in seeing things just as they are

So why put make-up on a scar? You can’t act near when you are far

You stare at yourself tonight until you fade away

The marble from your heart of stone you find in disarray

You stare at yourself tonight until you fade away

Some things are bound to come and go, but love will never change

Radio Blastin'

Written By: Ian Abrahamson

I could go for miles with the windows down and the radio blastin'

Got my food, got my gas
Got my tunes for the time I'm passin'
Got no worries on my mind
This highway is mine to drive, yeah

Set my speed at sixty-nine
Got no need for speed limit signs
You know I'm feelin' so fine
Crusin' in sweet sunshine

I could go for miles with the windows down and the radio blastin'

Brought my girl, brought my gear
Forgot my job and I have no fear
Drive all day, drive all night
I can't see any end in sight, yeah

We're crusin' all summer long
We're singin' all our favorite songs
You know we're feelin' so fine
Crusin' in sweet sunshine

I could go for miles with the windows down and the radio blastin'

Earth keeps spinnin' round and I keep on gaining ground
and I feel so free, no one else is hustlin' me
Earth keeps spinnin' round and I keep on gettin' around
and life's really sweet sitting strapped inside my seat

I got my crew and my GPS
And all four wheels are heading west
In each new city, I'm a guest
With so much freedom I am blessed cuz

Discography

Ian & The Dream EP 2012
"5 Stars out of 5" -Leicester Bangs

Saturns of Stars 2013
"That's What Kept My Heart Alive" nominated for "Catchiest Song of the Year" -889 Radio Milwaukee

California Cauliflower 2014- full length album

Wishing the World- 2015 - Holiday Single

New Dreams- coming 2016

Set List

Ian & The Dream can fill 2 entire hours of original music if need be. Longer sets containing cover songs are available upon request. Cover repertoire includes The Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Weezer and other rock, classic rock, and oldies.

Original Songs:

We Know How To Fall
Can't Commit
Since I Lost You
Potential For Everything
See My Girl
Frame Of Reference
So Sad To Leave
Down Time
All The Same
Angel Eye
Redeemable
Breathe
Play The Card
Anna Belle
Free For All
Love Again
Jack
Dream All Along
This World
Redeemable

And More