Born in the year of the fire horse, Jack has been around music even before he was out of the womb. His father sang professionally in barbershop quartets and when Jack’s mom was pregnant she would attend the barbershop performances. So Jack got the knack of melody and harmony in the embryonic state. One of his first memories of this life is standing inside the circle of his father’s quartet practice and listening to the beautiful four part harmony. A native of Greensboro, NC Jack’s musical influences are vast…The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, Cream, Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, and Badfinger from the 60s and 70s. Then in the 80s he began listening to Alternative Music such as The Clash, U2, New Order, The Smiths, REM, Stone Roses, Ride, Teenage Fanclub, Radiohead, Buffalo Tom, Swervedriver, The Church, Bettie Serveert, and Bob Mould to name a few. Jack also has great love for the Triangle local music scene and enjoys the music of The Connells, Mayflies USA, and Superchunk. Jack also enjoys jazz, classical, big band, and gospel music. As the rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of Real Time Dreaming Jack collaborates with J Michael Pope on song writing for the band. He feels very fortunate to be able to make music with the three other seriously cool guys in the band. He looks forward to sharing the music far and wide with others. Jack’s previous bands include Invisible Robot Fish and The Dustmen. Jack lives in Durham, NC and his hobbies include anything UNC sports-wise, running, history, farming, bee keeping, reading, and traveling.
J Michael Pope is a Master Teacher and has been teaching private music lessons for thirty-five years. He teaches guitar, banjo, mandolin, piano, bass, harp, violin, hammered dulcimer, fretted dulcimer, Native American Flute, voice and sight reading, music theory, song writing and composition. Michael performs solo slide guitar, traditional and original Blues and Delta Blues under the name of Hawk’s Eye Pope and won the 1998 Triangle Blues Society Acoustic Competition. He plays lead guitar, flutes, keyboard, and back-up vocals in the rock band RealTimeDreaming. He has nine albums to his credit and has also produced albums for other artists. Michael is currently recording a new project called The Sacred Self for Native American Flutes, Voice and Percussion. He is also producing an album called She Is the One for RealTimeDreaming. Michael has a degree in Creative Arts and a degree in Music. He also studied music composition and theory at UMass Lowell. He does school demonstrations on Native American Flutes. Michael is also available for demonstrations of other instruments as well.
Hailing from the ‘burbs of Detroit, Michigan, Nabeel has been playing guitar off and on since 1979, when he cobbled together enough cash from delivering newspapers to buy a brand new Fender Stratocaster. A perfect guitar to learn to rock and roll, this American-made black-on-black Strat was the envy of the side street expanse that made up the safe and sound suburban jungle of his childhood. Stints in college at Ann Arbor during the height of Reaganomical mania and travel in Europe and the Middle East punctuated his formative years, and finally graduate school brought him and new wife to Chapel Hill in 1989, where they remain to this day. Picking up the bass guitar in 1995 or so brought him more attention in a land where guitar-slingers were a dime a dozen, and he continues to perfect the trade in low-end noise while maintaining respectability on the 6-string instrument. Musical influences include the classic rock masters of the 1960s and 1970s – Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, Clapton, Beck and Hendrix, Deep Purple, among others – and the wily classico-rock of Frank Zappa also informs his musical sensibility. Free jazz artists and experimental noisemakers make up another section of his personal soundtrack. Playing bass in Real Time Dreaming is a current satisfaction, and Nabeel relishes his role as the Baron of Bass in this outfit. Rock it, man, Rock it out Loud!