"In My Dreams I Can Fly" ~ click here to listen (full album)
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"accessible musical themes, melodies - make that oodles of melodies - and a feel good vibe throughout. Nothing pretentious, nothing to make your brain hurt trying to figure it out (although some licks will still leave your jaw on the floor), just 12 tracks that will give you as much fun listening to them as you suspect Berends had recording them. Overall this is a very enjoyable album that rewards on first listen and reveals new textures on each subsequent spin. Itís not reinventing the wheel but its well written, well played and well produced and as such is a very enjoyable release and comes as recommended listening for any classic rock fan." - virtuosityone.com"a really nice job" - Mike Varney "splendid" - loudguitars.com
"as good as it gets" - Dr. Music "thoroughly enjoyable" - Exposť
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Jan. 7, 2015 [ home ]
I hope your 2015 is off to a good start. I've done a little house cleaning on the ol' web site here. Pruning and updating dead links on the music page because all the stupid embedded links from other sites keep changing all the time. Also added a cdbaby player to the In My Dreams I Can Fly page where you can now LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE ALBUM IN FULL. Cool eh?
Still stuck in New Jersey for the time being, but winter isn't too too bad... so far. Not going to NAMM this year. As enjoyable as it was to see all my friends there and make some new ones as well, I can't justifiy the expense right now for what is essentially the equivalent of spending three days in Guitar Center. I need too many other things to jump start my life. 2014 was the first calendar year in 30 some years where I didn't play one single live show - which is fine - I needed a break to rethink where things were going which was nowhere. New music is coming along and I hope to get something going in the Spring. Wish me luck!
Jan. 1, 2015 [ home ]
Happy New Year! Let's see what we can get going this year. Seeya, 2014... you kinda sucked. Sorry, but it's true.
Dec. 25, 2014 [ home ]
Season's Greetings and Merry Christmas
Dec. 12, 2014 [ home ]
In My Dreams I Can Fly now streaming in full on CDBaby. Price reduced for the holidays. Give the gift that keep on giving!
Dec. 11, 2014 [ home ]
Nov. 26, 2014 [ home ]
On Friday Nov. 28th Friday Night Progressive honors Mastermind guitarist Bill Berends with the "Indeprog Award" for outstanding artistry in recognition of his musical career and commemorating the 20th Anniversary of MASTERMIND III: Tragic Symphony. Featuring a candid interview with Bill, commentary, music & chat. Tune in live at 9pm EST (NYC time). Thanks to FNP for their ongoing interest and support!
Listen here (archive) Fri. Nov. 28, 2014 @ 9pm EST (NYC time) | Chat Room | Facebook FNP group
Oct. 8, 2014 [ home ]
The days are noticeably shorter, the nights are colder. Winter is coming. Nooooooo!!! Summer was WAY too short!! However, now it is cooler and darker I am again working diligently on the music I began last Spring. Summer was mostly household maintenance, roof repair, plumbing problems, auto repairs, and other real-life crap demanding attention. Tedious and tiring, but better in summer than in winter. This is not to say I didn't make any musical progress at all, in fact quite the opposite. After living with my new compositions for a while I re-worked some things to get closer to my vision. It's taking shape. When a touch of writer's block hit (it happens) I did some radical remixing of older material, plus some covers as well, just to keep the juices flowing. Much time was devoted to learning new music software and how it interfaces with hardware. So, although I don't have anything to show for it yet, I covered a lot of ground and will have some new music out there before the end of the year, that's a promise. I do miss playing out live, but that will take time to get together. I feel like I am starting over from scratch in some ways which is both exciting and frustrating at the same time. I want it to happen NOW!
Meanwhile, I've booked myself on NASA's Orion mission to Mars! The first test flight is December 4th, 2014! Well, my name is going anyway. Getting ready to earn myself 60,000 space flyer miles! Sounds like an adventure. Seriously tho', come back in a few weeks and see how things are shaping up or sign up for the mailing list to get the latest music news directly in your inbox. Thanks for checking in!
May 19, 2014 [ home ]
Spring has sprung, finally, sort of - still pretty darn chilly - but at least the damn winter is over. The last live show I played was Thanksgiving 2013 by which time I knew that I really needed a break from the cover band gigs. So, although I haven't been out performing, I have been busy all winter (and now spring) composing new music and have to say it feels really good. I've written a lot of new material I am quite pleased with and have been fleshing it out in the computer as you can see in the photo there, behind me.
Though I do miss being out and playing for people, I don't miss the bar scene at all. I never set out in life to be a cover musician and I don't want to end up as just another old guy playing old music for old people. I aspire to much more than that and still believe I have it in me. Though it was enjoyable to revisit my roots as a guitarist, and I think it was good for me, it went on for far too long and just got to be soul crushing. Time to retreat, rethink, reinvent.
What this means is The Berends Brothers Band as it was, is no more. Can't do that anymore. If we reappear under that moniker again it will be something quite different. Also, as much as I got a kick out of playing Mahavishnu Orchestra stuff with Calvin Weston's Treasures of the Spirit band, I won't be doing that anymore either. It was fun for a while, but it's time to move on. Will this mean the return of Mastermind? Doubtful, but anything is possible.
I'd like to thank everyone that supports my work with their purchase of In My Dreams I Can Fly. I feel like that was the culmination of my pure guitar explorations and now I am delving back into synthesizers and other electronic weirdness. So stay tuned, join the mailing list to be first to know when I release something new. Sometime this year for sure. I'm not sure what it will be called or how I will release it. Perhaps by putting it on Soundcloud sort of anonymously and see what happens. If reactions are positive I may do another kickstarter. Not sure yet. Anyway... I just wanted to say I'm not dead yet! I haven't retired from making music and feel genuinely excited and enthusiastic about what I'm doing for the first time in a quite a long time. And now for something completely different. :)
March 14, 2014 [ home ]
A recent in-depth, guitar-centric interview talking about IMDICF, Kickstarter, and more on retrorockguitar.com
Feb. 27, 2014 [ home ]
After a week in California for NAMM, coming back to New Jersey seemed very counterintuitive. WTF am I doing here? Worst February in recent memory. Seems appropriate to feature The Longest Winter from the IMDICF album... I vow this will be my last winter in NJ.
One bright spot though - a nice new review of In My Dreams I Can Fly up on the Exposť Music Newsletter site. Check it out.
Jan. 9th, 2014 [ home ]
2014 ~ I hope everyone's new year is off to a good start!
A nice new review of In My Dreams I Can Fly is now up on Music Street Journal... check it out! And a new video for Paper Planes....
In other news: The Berends Brothers Band is taking a break from live performance for a while to concentrate on new original music. If cabin fever or frost bite doesn't get me first, I expect to be back out live in 2014 in one form or another. Some new recorded music should come before that.. check back often to see what's up. Thanks for visiting!
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