Robert Ranson’s new album, Still Dreaming, lives up to its title. Due for release on July 20 and some 20 years in the making, it has its origins in an aborted effort titled Chase Your Dreams. That effort was recorded two decades ago, but kept under wraps until he could remake the record in a way that would do the songs justice.
With a sound that brings to mind Steely Dan, Little River Band, Toto, and Pablo Cruise, Still Dreaming does just that, coming across as an inspired effort borne from various scenarios and circumstance. A mesh of rock, reggae, blues, jazz, Afro-Cuban and country, it resonates in ways that are both personal and profound.
“My inspiration is found in the relationships, events, emotions and dreams that have been a part of my life,” Ranson recalls. “That said, I have written a number of songs for the sole purpose of creating a fictional story. However even these stories are drawn from my personal experiences, although they’re written from the storyteller’s perspective.”