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We Dream Dawn cultivates ‘dreamy post folk music’; see them at Campout for the Cause

Caramie Schnell
cschnell@vaildaily.com
We Dream Dawn is, left to right, Weston Hill on drums, Sage Cook on guitar and vocals and Aera on bass.
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EAGLE COUNTY — The lead singer of We" target="_blank">www.wedreamdawn.com">We Dream Dawn calls the three-piece “a band with a farming problem, creating music just for the sake of creating and growing food because it feels good.”

The lead singer, Sage Cook, was a member of Nederland-based band Elephant Revival up until the end of 2013, when he left Colorado with his love, Aera, to pursue permaculture homesteading adventures on the border of Oklahoma and Kansas, which he calls “rewarding but oh-so humbling.” Cook hadn’t planned on starting another band, but alas “music happens wherever it wants,” he said. Cook agreed to play a benefit gig for a friend battling cancer. Aera learned to play the bass, and Cook’s childhood friend, Weston Hill, played drums.

“So it clicked and the name We Dream Dawn developed out of the idea that we can consciously realize our dreams or sleep them away and it dawned on us later that we all really love each other. So here we are; we play what some may call dreamy post-folk music,” Cook wrote on the band’s website.

The band performs at Campout for the Cause Saturday afternoon. They’ll also have a chance to catch up with Elephant Revival as well.

Cook took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.

Vail Daily: How often has We Dream Dawn been playing gigs? Anything on the books for this summer?

Sage Cook: We have not been playing out much, just a few per month this spring. We actually decided to stay at home and focus on creating music and other things this summer. I was needing a bit of a break from the road, so this year is more about cultivating.

VD: How is your homesteading adventure going?

SC: Yep, we are still out here. We actually moved from Boulder with the intentions of living closer to the land a year before I decided to take a break from the road. I thought I could keep up with the tour schedule and start all these projects with the land, however it didn’t take long to realize that that may be a bit ambitious. Aera and I ended up pretty exhausted and I made the decision to spend more time out here with her and the plants and animals. Now into our second year, the soil is already looking quite a bit better. We just got gifted a healthy colony of bees and are eating new potatoes, scallions, arugula, chard, kale, cilantro and spinach from the garden. Also, we are getting more eggs than we can eat and are hoping to butcher a steer pretty soon. It’s going pretty well, still exhausting, but I absolutely love interacting with the world this way; plants have a lot to teach — talk about knowing how to use your resources. Now humans, we could use a little help there. I often think humanity could maybe save itself if we would just try and listen to some plants or animals, I’m still trying to figure out what they are saying, but I know it’s gotta be good.

VD: What’s been the best thing about your hiatus from Elephant Revival? And are you still calling it that?

SC: I have been able to spend more time with my love, Aera, and you know that feeling when you meet someone you really like, like really like, and you can’t sleep, then you keep falling deeper in love and every time it gets better you think you must really be dreaming because how could’ve it got any better!? And yes, I like the word hiatus.

VD: Do you miss touring?

SC: Yes, yes indeed. It’s a bit depressing. I miss the music and my friends, really the whole community, as we are a bit isolated out here.

VD: How do you describe the sound of We Dream Dawn?

SC: This is always a hard question; Weston, who plays drums with us, usually says it sounds like that time in a movie where the lil guy gets even with the big guy who has had it coming to him all along. Now I’m all about talking it out before anything comes to blows, but I have always had a soft spot for the underdog.

VD: Any plans to expand it beyond a three-person band?

SC: Well, no plans, but then again I never really planned to start this band, either. The trio is fun kinda like a tripod, stable, and I like triangles. But we are open to anything if it feels good.

VD: Are you excited to catch up with your old bandmates at Campout for the Cause? Any plans to perform with them?

SC: I am excited. The last few months have been the longest we’ve been apart in over eight years. And, hmmm, some things are better left as a surprise.

VD: What made you want to perform at this festival specifically?

SC: I’ve been going to Campout for the Cause for quite some years now, and it’s always a particularly heart opening experience. They have decided to help other folks out with the proceeds instead of pocketing them. This, I believe, just sets a wonderful foundation for a great experience; I want to support such acts of selflessness.

The lead singer of We Dream Dawn calls the three-piece “a band with a farming problem, creating music just for the sake of creating, and growing food because it feels good.”

The lead singer, Sage Cook, was a member of Nederland-based band Elephant Revival up until the end of 2013, when he left Colorado with his love, Aera, to pursue permaculture homesteading adventures on the border of Oklahoma and Kansas, which he calls “rewarding but oh-so humbling.” Cook hadn’t planned on starting another band, but alas “music happens wherever it wants,” he said. Cook agreed to play a benefit gig for a friend battling cancer. Aera learned to play the bass, and Cook’s childhood friend, Weston Hill, played drums.

“So it clicked and the name We Dream Dawn developed out of the idea that we can consciously realize our dreams or sleep them away and it dawned on us later that we all really love each other. So here we are; we play what some may call dreamy post folk music,” Cook wrote on the band’s website, We Dream Dawn.

The band performs at Campout for the Cause Saturday afternoon. They’ll also have a chance to catch up with Cook’s former bandmates as well, including Bridget Law.

“We Dream Dawn’s music sounds like their name, a landscape of music awakening to a day of adventure,” Law said. “It takes you on a journey; Gentle mornings with beautiful vocals and pizzicato leading up to rocking out at the height of the afternoon, sweet grooves for evening sounds and lilting lullabies for a dream filled night. Thoughtful arrangements, profound lyrics and wonderful tones made with love!”

Cook took the time to answer a few questions for the Vail Daily.

Vail Daily: How often has We Dream Dawn been playing gigs? Anything on the books for this summer?

Sage Cook: We have not been playing out much, just a few per month this spring. We actually decided to stay at home and focus on creating music and other things this summer, I was needing a bit of a break from the road, so this year is more about cultivating.

VD: How is your homesteading adventure going?

SC: Yep, we are still out here, we actually moved from Boulder with the intentions of living closer to the land a year before I decided a break from the road. I thought I could keep up with the tour schedule and start all these projects with the land, however it didn’t take long to realize that that may be a bit ambitious. Aera and I ended up pretty exhausted and I made the decision to spend more time out here with her and the plants and animals. Now into our second year, the soil is already looking quite a bit better, we just got gifted a healthy colony of bees, and are eating new potatoes, scallions, arugula, chard, kale, cilantro and spinach from the garden. Also, we are getting more eggs than we can eat and are hoping to butcher a steer pretty soon. It’s going pretty well, still exhausting, but I absolutely love interacting with the world this way; plants have a lot to teach, talk about knowing how to use your resources. Now humans, we could use a little help there. I often think humanity could maybe save itself if we would just try and listen to some plants or animals, I’m still trying to figure out what they are saying but I know it’s gotta be good.

VD: What’s been the best thing about your hiatus from Elephant Revival? And are you still calling it that?

SC: I have been able to spend more time with my love Aera, and you know that feeling when you meet someone you really like, like REALLY like, and you can’t sleep, then you keep falling deeper in love and every time it gets better you think you must really be dreaming because how could’ve it got any better!? And yes, I like the word hiatus.

VD: Do you miss touring with the band?

SC: Yes, yes indeed. It’s a bit depressing, I miss the music and my friends, really the whole community, as we are a bit isolated out here.

VD: How do you describe the sound of We Dream Dawn?

SC: This is always a hard question; Weston, who plays drums with us, usually says it sounds like that time in a movie where the lil guy gets even with the big guy who has had it coming to him all along. Now I’m all about talking it out before anything comes to blows, but I have always had a soft spot for the underdog.

VD: Any plans to expand it beyond a three-person band?

SC: Well, no plans, but then again I never really planned to start this band, either. The trio is fun kinda like a tripod, stable, and I like triangles. But we are open to anything if it feels good.

VD: Are you excited to catch up with your old bandmates at Campout for the Cause? Any plans to perform with them?

SC: I am excited; the last few months have been the longest we’ve been apart in over eight years. And, hmmm, some things are better left as a surprise.

VD: What made you want to perform at this festival specifically?

SC: I’ve been going to Campout for the Cause for quite some years now, and it’s always a particularly heart opening experience. They have decided to help other folks out with the proceeds instead of pocketing them. This, I believe, just sets a wonderful foundation for a great experience; I want to support such acts of selflessness.


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