I grew up listening to 60's and 70's rock-n-roll; the British art rock bands Pink Floyd, Yes, but also The Who, Led Zep, Black Sabbath and Genesis (before Phil Collins became front man). The folk rock counter-culture heroes Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were also always on my record player. At the same time I became aware of a local boy made good named Billy Joel who was from a town on Long Island right near mine. I saw him perform at local colleges like Hofstra and even snuck into a bar in Oyster Bay to see him play - all before he became a superstar. I also sing and can sing in his range; and I sing all of Billy Joel's songs sometimes just like he sings them. Along the way I started to love Elton John, classical music, jazz, and then the great bands like the Doors, the Police, Talking Heads, and yes even The Grateful Dead. So, now I love an eclectic mix of most things musical - except I never got into rap or electronica; they seem soulless to me.