Welcome to my world.
Come on in.
There's plenty of room.
At their core all
musicians are storytellers.
Hi, I’m Robbie and I like to tell stories. Usually I tell them with words and music, a guitar strapped around my shoulder, and an earnest look on my face. Sometimes I leave the guitar at home and just use the words part. And sometimes, when I don’t feel like talking, I sit in my underwear at the kitchen table with a nice espresso and write the story down.
Either way, what I’m really after with these stories is exploring that little space between you and me that I call our shared aliveness. I love that and find it the most authentic place to be. What’s more is I find that the more we live in that space, the more compassionate our world becomes. So, welcome gentle soul. And keep your feet off the sofa. It’s new.
My family moved to Madras, India, for a while, where we got a dog we named Sandy. Ever a performer at heart, I would coerce Sandy and my younger sister into putting on backyard plays or circuses for the rest of the family. Rehearsals were mostly good, but Sandy suffered from a bit of stage fright, or possibly indifference, and so the performances were often more flawed than I’d envisioned.
A few years later we moved to Geneva, Switzerland where, at the age of 7 and to the relief of all, I traded the 10-inch sauté pan for a guitar. It has been my companion and confidant ever since. I started writing songs soon thereafter. That most of the songs were entitled “Girl” or some variation thereof didn’t seem to bother me or anyone else. Hey, I was 7.
Between the ages of 7 and 25, I did some stuff. Somewhere in there my grandmother told me I was an Artist, as though she was stating that the Sky was Blue. No one had ever said that to me that before and life hasn’t been the same since.
Somewhere in the middle of all that, I recorded a couple of solo cds, In The Flesh (2003) and Strange and Lovely World (2008), and a kids and family cd called Songs For Kids Like Us (2006).
Enter OneVoice, the nonprofit organization I founded in 2011. In a few short years OneVoice has given birth to kid-powered artistic expression and social change in India, Africa, the U.S., and Central America. And we’ve only just begun.
But adults being adults, we needed something a bit different to give them that safe place from which what was trapped inside could come out. And thus was born The Elephant Sessions, a work in progress that offers music, mindfulness, conversation, more music, and big open spaces for these grown-up kids to start expressing themselves.
I am blessed by three teenaged boys—musicians all — and my wife, whose voice sounds like Truth itself to me, and we live in a house full of instruments. We often find ourselves sitting around the living room with guitars, banjos, ukuleles, and a cajon all pulled out. Someone sits down at the piano we inherited from my grandparents, and sometimes, we even break out a few pots and pans.
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