John Kallas and I first met in our late teens. I was alone and banging on an old upright piano in a semi-empty venue somewhere in the mountains of San Bernardino. John noticed and came over to join in singing with me on a couple of tunes. Our voices and personalities blended easily. It was an immediate synergy, and it was clear that we shared a deep passion for the same music. We were both heavily influenced by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, The Doors, Hendrix, Cream, Santana, James Taylor, Cat Stevens, and other great artists of the day.