Robert ToTeras

Robert ToTeras

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"I saw this guy tear it up at an open mike in Philly! He stepped up on stage, didn't say anything and started to play. It was like he had filled his guitar with explosives and just lit it up in front of everbody. I bought a copy of his cd from him that night." - Amazon.com Reviewer

Biography

Robert ToTeras was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. By the time he was four years old he was studying classical piano. During high school, Robert attended the Julliard prepretory program and was allowed to attend Temple University in Philadelphia through a special program.

For college he attended Columbia University and the prestigious Manhattan School of Music where he majored in classical composition. Unfortunately, after a freshman year concert performance of his piece “Bad Wives, to hear their exciting erotic tales of mischief, call 970-WIFE”, Robert was gently asked by the administration to leave the Manhattan School of Music because the style of music he was pursuing did not fit in with the required curriculum. This still remains a point of pride for Robert.

After his college “experience” Robert lived in New York and played guitar for the metal band ‘Circus Boy’. Soon after, Robert moved to Greece (you read it right) where he earned a living by playing acoustic guitar and singing.

After returning to the States, Robert released the acoustic album of songs written while living in Crete titled ‘Five Bucks.’ Robert traveled around the country in support of the record, selling CDs at concerts. Robert sold over ten-thousand copies of the CD hand to hand without the benefit of a record contract, radio airplay or even his own website.

Recently Robert wrote and directed the short film "Sweettooth" which was named as an official selection by the Philadelphia Film Festival. It will be screened on April 16, 2005.

Currently Robert lives in Los Angeles where he writes music for film as well as performs. In January, Robert was selected by the Slamdance Film Festival to create a film score for the festival’s “On-The-Fly” film program. Selected filmmakers, editors and composers were asked to create a short film on-site in Park City, Utah over a 72 hour period.

Robert's new singer-songwriter album (which was recorded in Philadelphia) will be coming out in September 2005.

Lyrics

Keep Me Around

Written By: Robert ToTeras

Walking miles, just to run my life…
Or for a kiss goodnight…
I know that taste from somewhere…Don’t I…crave those flavors that rot my insides…
On a steady diet of lean delights.

And soon I’ll break into my life, and set a pace, and keep it up.

And I’ll be walking on my knees.
And I’ll be living underground.
And you’ll be angry when you’ve seen…

That love wont keep me around.

And I’d, wave for hours, to say goodbye…
Or for the gift of sight…
And I know your face from somewhere…
Don’t I…Pray for sunshine, though it burns my eyes...And to the age old bloodlines that break my strides.

And soon I’ll break into my life, and set a pace, and keep it up.

And I’ll be walking on my knees.
And I’ll be living underground.
And You’ll be angry when you’ve seen…

Stormy Island Retreat

Written By: Robert ToTeras

Is this what your life’s about?
A million pieces don’t fit together…

I think if you knew better, you’d get out.

Is this what you read about,
So familiar ideas will drift away?
I could stop you from falling…But I just want to get off.

I know you’d treat me just fine,
If you knew I was better.
I know you’d make it your mind,
If you thought I wouldn’t crumble here.
I know you think I’m so blind.
Cause, no one speaks your language,
No one knows your anquish…
I bend over backwards and I take the brand.

This is what I dream about:
A thousands neurons getting stronger.

A million ideas get involved here…But I don’t want to talk them out.

I know you’d treat me just fine,
If you knew I was better.
I know you’d make up your mind,
If you thought it wouldn’t drift away.
I know you think I’m so blind,
No one speaks your language,
No one knows your anquish
So bend over backwards, and I’ll make it mine.

Is this what our life’s about,
A billion people all strapped together?

You and I did better when we were out.
You and I did better when we were out.

Discography

Circus Boy - Self Titled Debut CD
Robert ToTeras - Five Bucks