And Then You Woke Up!
It's a Group! No, it's a Concept! Group! Concept! Stop! You're both right! The Walter Midi Group is two, two two ideas in one. It's a conceptual band with the tastiest music of all! So, How did it get started you ask? What exactly is the essence to the meaning of all this? To really understand, we have to go back to a place where dreams are made. The music and conceptual smarts of the Walter Midi Group (or WMG for short) started back in 1986. It is the brainchild of it's creator Dave U. Hall. Dave is a Berklee College of Music bassist who is duly noted for playing in numerous New York City bands. His tenure included (but was not limited to) The Rattlers (Joey Ramone's brother's band) and Lester Bangs' Birdland. Lester, who is often cited today as 'America's Greatest Rock Critic' was editor for Creem magazine, musician and staff writer for the Village Voice. His character was played in the movie 'Almost Famous'). When Dave U. Hall eventually left The Rattlers, he started to realize the limitations of being in bands having an autocratic rule. Seeing that his contributions and collaborations were falling by the wayside, Dave decided to reinvent the musical paradigm of his life. Then, an unexpected turn of events occurred that changed the course of Dave's musical dreams. However, he never gave up on them. Dave was constantly daydreaming about his 'other' life. The life that he never forgot about. The life as a full time musician. Then, once again, yet another major turn of events happened. But this time, with the help of Ganesh, Dave U. Hall finally realized his path, which in turn made him think differently. It was then that all the dreams he once upon a time dreamt about started to make sense. The Walter Midi Group now seemed like the logical progression to act on. It was no longer was a dream but a vision. With a little help from his friends (and the inspiration of his loved ones), 'AND THEN YOU WOKE UP!' was made. So yes, you're both right! It's two, two two ideas in one. But most importantly, 'AND THEN YOU WOKE UP!' was made for the person who possesses a dream from within.