Bob Berry - bass and vocals
Born and raised in a small obscure section of Phillipsburg New Jersey called "Valley View" (as if P'burg isn't "obscure" enough). The houses were designed by Thomas Edison and were the first two story poured concrete homes in the country. It was a really great place to be a kid. My Mom Sang semi professionally when she was young and she played piano. My father, while not a musician , loved music and as a result we owned the only "Stereo" that I knew of anywhere -a Zenith with detachable speakers. Words fail to describe the magic that came from this "Box"! It seemed My dad came home everyday with a new album and everything was open season for him from African Drumming to Tommy Dorsey to Bach.
The New Experience (Very - I was 14) - HIgh Treason -Prog and CLassic Rock - Idiot Savant - Original / New Wave, PF And the Flyers - jazz, pop fusion - The Mating Index - Original POP - Plus Various music and art collaborations with Bucks County Artists including Joan Menapace and Linda Guenste and 4 years of The Phillly Fringe doing experimental street Music and art with Joan. Currently I Play with TheCellar Rats -Classic Rock and daaah---Know Return.
I was influenced very early by classical music and Bach in particular. Then I heard Mack The Knife - Dream Lover and Lightning Strikes which all blew my mind. Then the Beatles -saw the Sullivan show and was shocked in the best of all possible ways. I tinkered with Radios and had a bunch of speakers hooked up around my bed so I could listen to it late at night and hear the "Cool" stations. By this time I had already heard all the pop stuff on regular radio and watched all the dance shows but late at night (like 3 AM) was when I first heard In-a-Gadda-Da Vida by Iron Butterfly and not long after that I heard for the first time: Blue Cheers version of Summertime Blues - The Vanilla Fudge doing The Supremes hit You Keep Me Hang-in On and then Yes doing No Opportunity Necessary No Experience Needed by Richie Havens. It was obvious that more could and was being done with POP music than I ever imagined possible.
It triggers states of wonder in me that cannot be achieved any other way.
Favorite Kansas Songs:
As for Kansas Material my favorite is still Song for America.
Aside from Playing Bass I love working with synthesis and experimenting with sound, designing and building speaker systems - furniture etc. renovating homes and Rock Climbing.