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BCC Musician Creates 'The Lonely Storm' While Recovering

May 10, 2013 by admin

By Blake Corrao

     When Super-Storm Sandy hit, it destroyed all in its path, shut down power for days and destroyed homes all along the Jersey Shore. No one knows the utter power of Hurricane Sandy like 21-year-old Chris Canberg, whose entire life was changed by the storm.

     Canberg wasn’t anywhere near his home on Green Island of Toms River. Along with his parents, siblings and nephew, he was vacationing in the Bahamas while the storm raged above New Jersey.

     When the family returned to their home, not knowing what to expect, everything changed.

     “The rising tides came up and totaled our house and cars. The house was still standing, but the foundation and walls 4 feet high were completely molded and the house was deemed uninhabitable,” Canberg said.

     Without a home, Canberg and his family relocated to Staten Island to live with his sister for the weekend, before staying at a close friend’s house in Manalapan in order to remain a student at Brookdale without having to commute from out of state.

     “As grateful as I was for it, it was a lonely experience for sure. And it was a struggle, too, because if there's something you want to do but can't because of it, you never want it to feel like a burden. You always want to feel like you can outrun the damage. But sometimes what you lose is too vital.”

            Due to their losses, Chris and his family’s entire life had to be put on hold. As an aspiring musician and singer for pop-punk band All of a Kind, the storm affected much more than just school or work.

     “Writer's block and not finding the correct way to say anything hampered songwriting abilities and overall, it just killed my energy for it. Until January, where I finally got the mindset to pick up the pen again. I'm certainly not the type to write some corny "restore our home" stuff, there were plenty of t-shirts and news stations already driving that point home. 

     Instead it was about my life within that course of 3 months. It's called "The Lonely Storm" and we'll be recording and releasing it sometime in May.”

Chris and his band All of Kind recently played Rowan University’s Profstock show, where they opened for Sublime and rapper B.o.B.

     Along with his life as a family member and musician, Chris was also a Brookdale student at the time of Hurricane Sandy. As expected, things were difficult when the school finally reopened to continue the Fall 2012 semester.

     “That semester was a little shaky. I had registered late for three classes. I had a Spanish professor named Gerry Monroy and a history professor named George Reklaitis, who were extremely accommodating and generous while still keeping on the workload. They made life incredibly easy.”

     It’s been six months since the devastating Hurricane changed Chris Canberg’s life, but the recovery is still ongoing even now.

“The biggest issue, however, is the rezoning of our neighborhood. We've been designated a "V" Zone, which means our homes have to be raised at least 10 ft. above where they are now. It's a mandatory, $48,000 project that most won't be able to afford, so you'll be seeing a lot of demolished homes and vacant properties.”

     With his music back on track and his family beginning to recover and rebuild, things look up for 21-year-old Chris Canberg, who recently completed a 6-week-seminar on video editing, a path he may choose to follow in the future. However, the devastation of Superstorm Sandy is something that can never be forgotten.

     “Stronger storms than Sandy can hit and could take out absolutely everything. All we can do is try something better than we did the last time.”

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