Paul is the real bargain of the band. An accomplished musician who handles keyboards and lead and harmony vocals for the band, Paul is also responsible for the “non-union horns” that can be heard on several pieces.
Role in the Band
Keyboards (actually make that keyboard since currently I only play one), lead and back-up vocals. Cameo appearances on cowbell. I like to lay back and play rhythm, but I also like to step out and let it fly. I try really hard to know when to do which.
When I was a kid, I saw Liberace (no lie) on TV and told my parents “I’d like to do that.” At first they thought I meant be a flamboyant guy in a sparkly cape, so they were quite relieved when they realized I meant play the piano. As the youngest of four boys, I was blessed to grow up on truly great (and very loud) music (the Stones, Yes, Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Allman Brothers Band, early Billy Joel, Elton John, B.B. King, Average White Band, etc. etc.), while my friends were killing brain cells on Barry Manilow. I studied classical piano until age 12, then took music theory lessons and began learning that there really are quite a lot of combinations of notes that can occur on a piano — some good, some great, and some that should never happen again. At 14, I began gigging regularly with various top 40 and classic rock and roll bands around the Southern Tier and northern PA, playing keys, alto sax, and singing. My parents were very cool to let me spend so much time in bars. I guess they knew that for me it was all about the music, nothing more. After playing in bands throughout high school and some during college, grown up stuff came along in my life (marriage, work, grad school, kids, more work, more kids), so my band days were over…that is until that remarkable summer of 2004 when praise band at church (which my daughter Kate now refers to as “God’s Brothers’ Band”) got me hooked up with John Barrett and Don Loy, who knew some guys who knew some other guys. And that, my friends, is how bands come together.
I love all kinds of music, from witnessing Tower of Power blowing the roof off a building to singing along with Beatles muzak in elevators. Here is just a sampling of players and bands that mean a lot to me: Stevie Wonder, Dave Grusin, Lyle Lovett, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Michael McDonald, The Doobie Brothers, Elton John, Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, the Yellowjackets, Tower of Power, Steely Dan, Larry Carlton, Take 6. The list goes and goes.
Favorite Songs the Band Plays
No Matter What – because it has a great hook
Chain of Fools – because it has a great groove
You Can Leave Your Hat On – because it’s so much fun
Vehicle – because Dave has pictures and candy
Favorite Things About Playing in Bob’s Brother’s Band
Our friendship improves the music, and the music improves our friendship. It’s a beautiful thing!
Back in the day, it was the obligatory Hammond organ, Leslie 122, Fender Rhodes, and an ARP synthesizer (analog, of course). Today, it’s all those same classic keys, plus horns, strings, synths, vocal samples, and way too much more – all in my Kurzweil PC 2x. I play it through a Roland keyboard amp, which I use as a stage monitor with a line out to the PA.
I still have my 1976 Rhodes 73 electric stage piano, which I love to play because there’s just no substitute for the “real deal.” But at a hefty 80 pounds more than the Kurzweil, there’s only so often I care to take this old girl out on a date.