I've been playing music and performing most of my adult life and pretty much knew that is what I wanted to do ever since I was 14 years old. It was the blues that really got me. One of my friends played some old Muddy Waters recordings and that was it for me. Then I heard Jimi Hendrix and was really gone! From then on, all we really did was talk about music and guitar playing, and of course, we spent a lot of hours learning how to play.
For as long as I can remember I have always loved to sing. When I was three years old I used to sing "She loves you yeah yeah yeah" continually. What's great about music is that you can communicate feelings and emotions from heart to heart live on stage to the audience. And, when things really work, I think the performer picks up the feelings and emotions from the listeners and can express them back out again. It can allow you to cross the loneliness barrier.
Music is very direct and physical so when one is able to lose oneself and just channel it that's when it really works. That’s when we can possibly connect souls here and on the other side.
Music naturally has a lot of sides -- to dance to and have a great time , and now I feel like I'm reciting the alphabet but it's one of those fantastic things where we don't need anything but our voices and maybe hand clapping and all of a sudden we all create something magical together.
Editors Note: Robert was in Russia this past week playing at the BB King festival in Moscow. He sent along these two pictures below of women in traditional folk dresses in the town of Archangelsk and the train station in Smolensk. He is playing two gigs in Sweden this coming weekend. You can check out his website for his upcoming touring schedule.
This is Week 38 of 52 Artists in 52 Weeks. Thank you for reading and sharing Robert's story today. To see and hear more of his music, please visit the following links: