Friday, January 15, 2016


Man, lots of sad news lately.

Rest in Peace Mr. Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead), Mr. Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), and Mr. David Bowie.

And for that matter, let's remember some of the greats we lost earlier last year as well:

Chris Squire (Yes), James Horner (film), BB King, and Percy Sledge.

Here's hoping 2016 holds on to more of our music legends for a bit longer.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

R.I.P or Evolution?

Hi everyone,

Once again, there has been what I can only call a sea change in regard to how I see music fitting into my life. This time, my decision reflects the only option that remains feasible after much reflection. In the past couple years, repeated personal challenges have left me nearly unable to work on music in all areas—composing, performing, teaching, practicing, recording. There have been very difficult emotional challenges involved in the struggle to continually carve out and maintain a space for what is fundamentally necessary for my own happiness.

I have realized, though, that the one way for Within a Reverie projects to continue is to scale back what had been an unwieldy scope for a single person. To be clear, I will still be working on the projects outlined in our timeline section, but in order to feel like progress is being made, I will be releasing one or two songs at a time, and potentially from different projects before an entire collection is complete. In a way, it will be like putting a large puzzle together.

The main reason for this decision is that I am far more able to mentally construct a “project” out of a song or two and see it through to the end. So, for the foreseeable future, I will be recording songs that are already completely composed and releasing them when they are done being mixed. My hope is that I will be able to actually accomplish much more this way, without feeling the pressure of writing and recording entire albums all at once.

So, to the handful of people who have been following Within a Reverie, and especially to those who have literally voiced their support to me, that’s the format from here on out. I’m hoping this means we can all look forward to more music released, more frequently.

Thanks for your support.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Back on Track - Disappointment and Determination

Hi Everyone,

Just chiming in after a long silence to update you on the non-happenings and happenings in the world of Within a Reverie.

First the bad news. Since you never heard anything of the Winter Concert after the last post to our Album Updates blog, I can easily confirm that the whole project fell through. We did end up getting some recordings from the ensemble that we were going to play with running through the compositions, but, unfortunately, the performances were not usable. All in all, although it hurts to reconcile my expectations of the collaboration with the outcome, I'm glad the musicians in the ensemble gave it a shot, and I'm told that they enjoyed the pieces we had prepared, which brings a smile to my face.

The bright side. Shit happens and it's time to move on. I've got a lot planned for this summer. I guess I am not going to promise things like I used to, but I will have more time on my hands this summer and it will go to good, musical use. Expect previews of what I am planning on completing this summer within the next couple of weeks.

So...I'm happy to say that I feel like things are getting back on track for the project. Do what you will with that statement. :-)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Date for Our Special Winter Engagement...

...has been set!

Saturday, February 28th is when it all goes down. Remember, we will be debuting all new compositions in this all-instrumental performance with the Knox College Chamber Ensemble.

We have one new composition in the works that we may add to this, but so far the songs are titled:

1. Starting to Find Oneself
2. Painter of the Clouds
3. In the Veins of Adventure
4. Beneath the Atoms

#3 is particularly exciting, because it was co-written by former members of Within a Reverie from nearly every stage of our existence. It's an epic work symphonic rock (as are the rest, I guess), and I can't wait to share it with you all.

More details to come!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Just Gonna Go Ahead....

...and say that the Winter Concert is going forward! Of course, I knew that a while back, but forgot to make that official announcement here. My apologies!

In other news, I have tracked down several more instruments/instrumentalists to complete the Acoustic Takes Vol. 1 ep. I'm kind of bummed that it has taken so long to get this thing rolling, but, on the plus side, it's been for good reason. Our winter engagement should be awesome, and produce some tasty videos in addition to a great night of music.

Rock on, Dreamers!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Enough rehearsal for tonight....

Update: Taking a 1-week siesta from music recording because the prep for our special winter concert really did a number on us! Lots of composing and arranging. So much goodness!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Possible Special Engagement Winter 2015 - EP Updates

Hey Dreamers,

Just writing to pass on a few updates.

Within a Reverie LIVE in a Special Engagement

In conjunction with a certain musical ensemble from a certain liberal arts college (names to be announced as date draws nearer), Within a Reverie may be putting on a concert in late February/early March of 2015. That's still a ways out, but for what we have planned, it will take that amount of time to execute. I hate to leave people hanging, but that's all I will say for now, even though there is a bit more I could reveal about it. Just know that it is more than likely that this will happen, and I cannot wait to share it with everyone. I also am dying to play live again. It's been WAY too long.

Summer EPs
Work is cruising along with our Acoustic Takes Vol. 1 and Dreamscape Symphony EPs. We had a bit of a tech failure last night and will take a day or two to correct. Distractions from our day jobs will be heating up again as summer winds down, which will also present a bit of a delay. However, as I stated before, most of the instrumentation is recorded for Acoustic Takes and work is plugging along nicely on the Dreamscape Symphony. I regret to say, though, that an end of August release time is no longer feasible. I am now shooting to cap this all off in September. We appreciate your patience with all of this, and are extremely grateful to the people who are sticking with us through this.

Fun Stuff on 2nd Album
If you are a musician and interact with  Within a Reverie's Nick Dilley on any online musicians forums,  you may already know that we've been recruiting speakers of various languages from all over the world to help create something rather unique with their native languages. We've had helpers from Norway, Hong Kong, Mainland China, Japan, and Finland, and are expecting to receive audio contributions from people in the Congo, Togo, Brazil, Poland, and Mexico. I'll just leave you with that little tidbit. It's only halfway there, but it's already amazingly beautiful.

Stay tuned, friends, and we will get the music out as soon as we are humanly capable.