True Inspiration

So there I was… Sitting in an Irish bar in NYC minutes after finishing my set at their weekly open mic.  I was talking to a good songwriter friend, St Eloise,  who happens to be struggling with the same frustrating issue all writers face at one time or another… writer’s block. At one point she asked about…

John Loves Mary Photos

Below are a few pictures from The Town Players of New Canaan’s production on John Loves Mary. The set design, props & costumes were all designed & property of The Town Players of New Canaan  

A Week Of Magic

After 5 weeks we are FINALLY there… the homestretch… In the words of the 1980s Swedish rock band Europe… It’s the final countdown The final week of John Loves Mary rehearsals have begun.  There’s only a few days left before we open this Friday 7/28! This week is better known as “Tech Week”… or “Hell…

Today Is Like A Box Of Chocolates!

How time flies when you’re having a blast!  I can’t believe there’s only 2 weeks left until opening night on July 28th! This means 1 major event is about to occur… a day during the rehearsal process actors simultaneously  love & dread… the infamous “Off-Book Day” (insert dramatic sound effect DUN DUN DUUUUN)!! Starting on…

2 Characters – Twice The Fun!

Weird question…. Have you ever had so much fun you didn’t know what to do with yourself?  Well…. I happen to be in that same situation right now! John Loves Mary Update We have officially reached the half way point in the rehearsal process of John Loves Mary.  Since we’re a little less than 3…

July 4th Family Fun!

I know it’s been a LONG time since my last blog post. I apologize for that ☹  “Life” has been a little hectic with projects & personal “life” stuff.   My mid-year resolution is to improve on keeping the lines of communication open. That said… my goal going forward is to post a short update every…

Passing The Thespian Torch

Last Monday was a big day for the Brandt Family… the day the thespian torch was officially passed from one generation to the next… the day my daughter, Abbi, attended her first acting class. Since long before Abbi’s birth I’ve been an actor. Some of her earliest memories are of attending rehearsals, “modeling” various costume…

Haiku

The Great Haiku Challenge

Recently @WordsUnderStars on Twitter challenged me to expand my artistic horizons & explore an art form outside my comfort zone… haiku. This very short form of Japanese poetry traditionally consists of 17 syllables, in three phrases of 5, 7, and 5 respectively. As an artist who’s always looking to expand his proverbial box, I eagerly…

Father’s Day 2016: Asking For The Impossible Dream

Today’s the big day… Father’s day… Today is the one day I can ask Abbi for anything I want… Anything!! The tables are finally turned… Instead of all those insatiable demands made on me by a 10 year old…who happens to be who’s 100% convinced of a little known piece of trivia…. That money does…

The Next Adventure

Sunday afternoon my last theatre project, the 2003 Tony Award winning play “Take Me Out”, officially closed with our cast party celebration… Officially making me a “free agent” again!   Closing are always a mixed blessing… On one hand after 8 weeks of exploring the same character… telling the same story… at the same theater……

Take Me Out: The Making Of a Character

The last few weeks I’ve been posting a lot on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook about my newest live theatre project, “Take Me Out”. Most notable for winning the 2003 Tony Award for Best Play, the plot of the show can best be summarized as follows: You can read more about “Take Me Out” via the…

Stamford UBS 2015 Parade – Father, Daughter Bonding

My daughter & I had a fabulous time Sunday watching the Stamford UBS 2015 Parade.  Seeing the balloons up close brought back fund memories of my time with the Northern Lebanon High School band when we marched in the 1985 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  Has it really been 30 years?!?! Stamford UBS 2015 Parade –…

Footwerk: A music lover’s perfect blind date

Many thanks to Susan Newmeyer for turning me onto her nephew’s band, Footwork Footwerk’s Music Besides providing an intense, high energy performance; this Washington D.C. based 6 piece band describes themselves as Source I thought blind dates are supposed to be weird & awkward?!?! Not this time, I loved the music & hope for a…

Rexford: a planet of pop, moons of soul & indie

Sometimes it takes just 1 line to capture interest in a new band. The other day one of my twitter followers, Samuel Patrick Fink suggested I check out New York City’s own Rexford. The ‘line’ in question actually came from an interview they did for riffyou.com who claimed they were… Source Wow… With such an…

Trevor Hall: Grandma’s Heartfelt Wisdom

Here’s another special thanks to one of my newest Twitter friends: Mike Hummell for introducing me to Trevor Hall. The thing I love about Trevor is the close relationship he has with his grandmother. Here’s what Trevor has to say…   Source He continues by explaining how his grandmother’s wisdom helped open his mind. Time…

The Airborne Toxic Event: 1 Song That Changed Everything

Here’s a band one of my newest Twitter friends recommended… The Airborne Toxic Event. Thanks PartyBearLA for the awesome tip! 🙂 What I love most is what can be found on their Facebook page. Mikel Jollett (vocalist & guitar) say’s   Source  Sometimes the lightbulb just comes on! Here’s a rally cry to every artists…

Sam King: Living His Musical Dream

Here’s a huge shout-out to one of my newest Twitter friends,  davidpolanx who introduced me to Sam King, singer/songwriter from New York, NY… a town so nice they named it twice!  (HAHAHAHA Sorry I couldn’t resist.  I love that joke 🙂 ) Sam’s had the blessing of traveling the world doing what he loves… play…

Mumford & Sons: Live Music At Its Best

Many, many thanks to PoopRainbowMama for recommending the music of Mumford & Sons, this British rock band out of London, England defines hard work. In their own words Source mumfordandsons.com That’s exactly what I love to hear, hard work that pays off! Connect with them via the links below: mumfordandsons.com twitter.com/mumfordandsons facebook.com/mumfordandsons

New House Concert Smacks Your Fuzzy Feeling

House concerts are the wave of the future & one of the most effective ways for an artist to connect to his/her audience.   Why? There’s some exciting stuff coming out of Montreal Canada, with their new “Mothlight House Concert Series” which showcases local talent in an intimate setting.  This is EXACLY why my goal for…

80s Music At Its Best

Who else LOVES 80s music?!?!  Some even call it the era of radio magic!   There’s a new documentary coming out that’s a MUST see for anyone who loves music. Per Redbull.com Ironically this coincides with the Red Bull Music Academy Festival NY. Good, music, good times & good memories!!

Indie Music Videos Gain Acceptance

This is a HUGE development for Independent musicians! Stockhouse.com reports that: The tides are starting to turn… we are the media! Soon the day will come where records won’t be needed.  The internet is changing the world for artists everywhere!

Major Label Screws Yet Another Musician

Who else thinks major record labels are evil?!? Here’s the reason in Elba’s own words:  (source) When since should commercialism & art go hand in hand? Mozart died penniless however he’s arguably the greatest composer who ever lived! It’s time to do away with the “old guard” belief that record labels should be in control…

I Prevail’s Viral Video

Now here’s someone who completely “gets it”… Through 100% focus & determination, Brian Burkheiser’s hard work is finally paying off. His band, I Prevail, redid the Taylor Swift song “Blank Space” & it went viral: The cover, released in December, reached No. 1 on the iTunes rock charts for a straight week followed by I…

Stamford 2014 UBS Parade: Macy’s Thanksgiving Flashback

The roots of my musical journey can be traced back to my time with the Northern Lebanon High School band! Yes I was a band geek & proud of it!! I was extremely fortunate to attend a school featuring a very good music program. One of the highlights of my time there was the year…

Actor Jokes

They say laughter is the best medicine…. personally am not afraid to laugh at myself! It tends to make life interesting! I came across the following list of actor jokes the other day… many of which made me laugh out loud!! How many actors does it take to change a lightbulb? 1) One. They hate…