Bob was born in scenic Dover, New
Jersey. His real name is Robert Crepeau. Bob claims he was an
absolute delight as a child. However, his mother may have a
different opinion regarding that. Although, he was the only
child in his family that didn't suck his thumb, and that's just
one of his many accomplishments.
As a child,
he was lucky enough to have known and to have spent a lot of
time with his grandparents. In fact, he would spend entire
summer vacations with his grandparents. Bob considers himself
very fortunate to have had that. His grandfather was an
excellent guitarist in his own right and inspired Bob to play
|Bob originally wanted to be a
cartoonist as a kid but that all changed when he began to play
guitar at the age of 15. Although his grandfather and father
both played guitar, Bob ended up teaching himself after his
grandfather bought him his first guitar books. Bob taught
himself music theory and guitar chords and scales, as well as
how to read sheet music. The process of teaching himself allowed
Bob to approach things from an analytic perspective, which in
turn helped him to become more creative.
his high school years, Bob spent a lot of time learning
to play the guitar and practicing. His first musical
influences included: Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The
Beatles, Jim Croce, Blackfoot, Blue Oyster Cult, Ozzy
Osbourne, Black Sabbath, and Kiss.
day, while flipping through the channels on the TV, he
happened to stumble across a flamenco guitarist playing.
And boy was that guy good! Bob was inspired and
immediately practiced some of the techniques he just saw
on TV. So a large part of his technique is the result of
chance, fate, or the will of God, depending on what you
want to believe.
Bob had first become interested in
playing guitar due to the fact that his grandfather (pictured to
the right) was so
proficient at it. His grandfather, Leo J. Crepeau had played
professionally for years and had played in almost every state in
the United States. Bob's grandfather was a great source of
encouragement for him in his early years and was so
proud of Bob as he improved as a musician. Bob will
never forget that and regrets the fact that his
grandfather did not live long enough to see how much
more he has improved since then.
After Bob's high school years, he
joined the United States Army. He did basic training in Fort
Knox Kentucky and learned about nuclear, biological and chemical
(NBC) warfare when he went to
chemical school in Fort McClellan Alabama.
was fortunate enough to be stationed in West Germany
during the cold war. He even got to see the wall. In
fact, he just missed the wall coming down when he was
discharged. He almost had the chance to see history
being made. But that's okay too. You see, he also just
missed the Gulf War and, unfortunately, soldiers from
the 92nd Chemical Company (His Unit) were among those
returning home suffering and dying from the mysterious
Gulf War Syndrome.
|So, when Bob's wonderful three year
commitment finally came to an end, he decided not to re-enlist.
He wanted to see what exciting adventures civilian employers had
Bob worked an extremely wide variety of jobs
after he was discharged from the Army. He's worked in factories,
retail, a slaughterhouse and other somewhat interesting
occupations. At least until he finally went to Dover Business
College for the Computer Electronics Technician course. Then he
started to do more entrepreneurial undertakings, putting his
computer knowledge and skills to work.
Bob tried a few
other things like his own magazine, a few different bands and
then went on to do websites and a solo music career. Which leads
us to here.
Bob started spelling his last name
differently (from Crepeau to Craypoe) when he started to do open
mics. Basically to avoid mispronunciations of his name.
Occasionally, someone still manages to pronounce it wrong but
those things happen. Bob views musical talent and ability as a
gift from God. Not to be boasted of or used to give glory to
one's self by participating in contests or talent shows. You can
judge his abilities for yourself when you hear his music. Which,
by the way, we sure would appreciate if you'd listen to it
while you are here.
Bob now writes online articles and
E-books, mostly about music, the Internet, computers and humor.
He is a webmaster and the primary person behind the Craypoe.com
network of websites. His proudest project as a webmaster is the
website. It is a website that teaches the blind to learn
guitar online with the use of screen readers. Bob has also
gotten into 3D art and his work can be viewed here as well.