Monday, July 11, 2016

"Run" Acoustic + Song Story + Music Announcement

What's up everybody?! Are you happy? Excited? Nervous? Well I am all of those things today! As you probably know, Mary Rose and I started a YouTube channel a couple months ago and since then, we've posted lots of covers and a few little extra videos in our inconsistent-by-design series, Surpriseday. At the beginning however, we posted a (poor quality) live recording of an original song called “Never Let Me Go” that my dad and I wrote for our church. With this video and the start of our channel, Mary Rose and I promised more original songs to come. Today, we are fulfilling that promise! Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you… “Run”.


Okay, first things first: rehashing. You heard us right, Mary Rose and I are working on our very first album! As of right now, we haven't written all of the songs and there is no title, release date, or complete tracklist, so this is definitely not an album announcement. However, we have made a significant amount of progress on it and we wanted to start letting you guys know so you can all be excited with us! For me personally, this thing has been a long time coming. I've been writing these songs for a couple years now and recording them has been so emotionally freeing and exciting. To know that you guys get to hear them within the year is honestly a dream come true. This album will be fully recorded in my house, right by my front door on GarageBand. We aren't renting a studio or signed to a label or mass releasing physical copies or getting a front-page banner on iTunes, but you know what? That's the beauty of it. For a while, I didn't want to release these songs until I could do all of those things but that's really unrealistic. Instead, I realize now how beautiful this album will be because it's going to feel like home. I hope that it feels like home to all of you, regardless of where home is for you. We will keep you all posted on our Instagram and our YouTube channel!
And now, for those interested, I'd like to share the story behind “Run”. This song is about love and a specific aspect of love that we can tend to neglect in a world full of darkness. It's so easy to succumb to the negatives of life that fight so hard to get into our hearts and minds. If we allow this to happen, it can affect every aspect of our lives, including our relationships. For me personally, I have made this mistake before and please take my word for it when I say that it is no kind of fun. This song is inspired by the lesson that I learned from that mistake and by the advice of my wonderful parents: love is supposed to be fun. Now, my parents and I both know that love isn't perfect, it's not always fun. However, what the lyrics of this song acknowledge is that focusing on the negatives, the times when love is hard, will get you nowhere. There is so much hope for every couple out there, you just need to hold on to that truth and simply be in love. Don't overcomplicate, don't hold grudges, don't drown in your personal or collective sorrows, just be in love. So, that's what “Run” is about and I hope that some of you guys can relate to it because it sure means a lot to me. We've got plenty more songs to share with you guys in the coming months and we are so excited for this new season of music we’re RUNning into! Sorry, I think in puns. Again, be sure to follow our Instagram and subscribe to our channel to stay up to date on our new music! Thank you guys for all of your love and support, it means so much more than you know. Talk to you soon!

Monday, May 23, 2016

"Never Let Me Go" Live Debut at Zombinit Outbreak



Why hello there! It’s been far too long. I have some surprising news… I’m actually gonna keep up with this thing for once. Crazy, I know. And the reason I can say that is because I now have something else to keep me in the habit of posting. I am so excited to announce that my sister Mary Rose and I are going to start posting covers to YouTube! We have been planning this for a while and we’re so ready to share our music with you. Starting today, we are going to post a new video EVERY. SINGLE. MONDAY. That way, we can help you kick off your week the right way, with music and love. If you would like to subscribe to us, be sure to click here to visit our channel. Oh man, I’m so excited!
And let me be clear, we aren’t just going to be a regular music channel that posts covers of every song that’s been in the top five on iTunes. Mary Rose and I are going to be posting creative, fun covers aaand… waaait fooor iiit… original music too. That’s right, all-by-ourselves big-kid songs written by us! I’m super nervous but also very excited for the world to hear these songs that have been on my heart for months, some of them over a year. For each original song, you can expect to see a song story right here on my blog where I share the writing process and the personal meaning and importance of each song. I’ve honestly almost started writing all of those posts already because that part is exciting to me. I finally feel like a real songwriter, haha.
Today marks our first video and yes, it is an original song! This video was recorded last Wednesday at our youth group, the Zombie Initiative and it is the first new original song played at our church in several years. Something my dad and I have talked about with each other a lot lately is where we see our worship team going next. We’ve got some big dreams. My dad of course has written an entire album of worship songs and we still sing like one of them in church today (jk, love you poppa). However, we have both expressed to each other that we would like to start writing and playing new songs for our church. We feel like if we play songs that have a very personal meaning to us as a worship team, we can play with more passion and in turn lead the congregation into more passionate worship. The song below is our very first song in this new chapter of our worship team.
I wrote “Never Let Me Go” with a little help from my dad who changed about four words and told me to write a completely different bridge than what I originally had… which was definitely a good idea, haha. I’ve been sitting on this song for months now and I am so thankful that I finally played it. This song is a very honest prayer about God’s faithfulness in our dark times. One thing that I have learned in my walk with God is that sometimes, when I’m at my lowest point, His presence and love make a more noticeable, some might say greater, impact on me than when things are going well. When we reach rock bottom and still choose to say that God is greater than our circumstance, it’s a powerful feeling that has never failed to lift me up and give me hope. And as we lift up that prayer to God of our faithfulness to Him, He in turn reminds us of His faithfulness to us. Just as the brightness of the stars is made noticeable by the black night, God’s love can make the greatest impact on us when we’re overwhelmed with the negatives of life. I am so thankful for this song and it means quite a lot to me. Whether you are from First Christian or not, I pray that this song blesses you (lyrics are in the description btw), that it can become your anthem and a song of hope when you’re low. Again, please subscribe to our YouTube channel here for a new video every Monday and let us know what you’d like to see us cover! Also, if you don’t already, follow me on Instagram here for even more musical things and lots of me trying to be funny. Now, without further ado, here is “Never Let Me Go” live at Zombinit Outbreak!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Last Year's Christmas Song

  Surprise! New Christmas song from us to you! Happy holidays everybody! Leave a comment and let me know what you think!


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Best Birthday... EVER

  Since it's been 34 days since my last post, does that mean that I can safely say that I wasn't being lazy and I just went on a blog hiatus? OK, I am really, really sorry I haven't blogged at all since April 13! A lot of you have asked what's been going on so I want to assure you all that there are plenty of cool things coming soon to my blog... without 34-day breaks between each post. So, many of you have heard (or guessed thanks to the picture from my last post) that I got one of - alright, THE - coolest birthday present ever... a trip to the one, the only...

SKYWALKER RANCH!!!

  So of course, I wanted to share with all of you guys! No, not by inviting all of you to the Ranch (but I wish I could), but by showing you my experience there! Now, I experienced a problem in uploading the pictures onto Blogger, so what I did was include the pictures in a slideshow as part of the video. So with that said, let me get to what all of you have been waiting for for 34 days... my 13th birthday celebration video! Enjoy!


  So thanks so much for checking back to my blog to finally see the video that I've promised for a really, really long time! And I also promised an in-depth recap of my trip to Skywalker Ranch but please don't worry. I didn't have any time to type it up today and I just had to get a post out, so that's still coming! Also, here's a list of some other things coming very soon to the Awesome Blog!

An in-depth recap of my trip to Skywalker Ranch
50 bazillion reviews
Beautiful footage from Steep Ravine, Stinson Beach
A new "day in the life" video

  And plenty more coming very soon! Also, thanks so much for waiting for a new post and not giving up! In the time that I didn't post, I racked up 2,332 page views from all of you guys, so thanks so, so, SO much! Now, before I go, I have one question for you:


See you later,
Brady

Friday, September 30, 2011

Nathan Sawaya Interview (re-post)

  It's finally here! On my old website (which you can still visit here), I go the chance to do an email interview with LEGO artist extraordinaire Nathan Sawaya! That blog post was very popular (Nathan even commented on the post, just look in the comments section here), so I decided that it should have a place here on my new blog. So I'm doing this! If you haven't read the interview yet, or if you want to re-live the memories, this post is for you! Hey, why am I still yapping? Let's get started! Enjoy!


Brady: You must have been building with LEGO's for a long time. How old were you when you started building with LEGO's?
Nathan: It was Christmas 1978 when I received my first box of LEGO bricks from my Grandparents.  I remember ripping into the package and building a LEGO house right then, oblivious to the rest of Christmas morning.  It seems like I have been creating with LEGO ever since that day.  Of course, these days my LEGO creations are a little bigger than a toy house. Playing with LEGO growing up let me build anything I wanted to build.  It let my imagination control the playtime.  If I wanted to be a rock star that day, I could build myself a guitar.  If I wanted to be an astronaut, I could build myself a rocket.  It was the perfect tool to lead me into my current life as an artist, where I get to create whatever I want.  And get paid for it! With some other toys, if you lost a piece, then the whole toy couldn’t be played with, but not with LEGO bricks.  If you lost one LEGO brick, you just had to be creative and find some other way to build it.That creativity led me to becoming a full time artist.  As an artist LEGO is a great medium for creating anything I can imagine.  I still use those same rectangular plastic bricks that I had as a child, but now I try and use them in a way that hasn’t been seen before; by taking the bricks and making them more of an art medium rather than only a toy. By using LEGO as an art medium, I have been able to put together an entire museum exhibit that is currently touring North America.  It has become a very popular exhibit as both kids and adults are attracted to the idea of artwork created solely out of LEGO.
Brady: Who or what was your biggest inspiration to start your career?
Nathan: I have been fooling around with sculpture all of my life, but it was about eight years ago that I challenged myself to create a large scale sculpture using only LEGO bricks.  It got a good response and I soon put together a few more pieces.  I posted photos of my works on my website, brickartist.com, and soon thereafter I was getting commissions from all over the world. At the time I was reading a book of Tom Friedman’s art.  Among other things, Friedman uses non-traditional media to create sculptures.  I was inspired and I realized then that LEGO art was a viable option. I just finished publishing my own book, The Art of the Brick, which is a collection of my works from the past few years.  I hope kids use it to become inspired to be their own artists.
Brady: You must get thousands of ideas for your creations. What happens
after you get an inspiration for a model?
Nathan: I usually start by sketching an idea on paper before I dig into the bricks.
Brady: What are some other hobbies of yours, besides building with LEGO's?
Nathan: I like to cook and because I like to cook, I like to eat.  And because I like to eat, I have to run, which I don’t necessarily like, but I do it anyway.
Brady: You were on "Mythbusters" to help build a giant LEGO boulder. What
was it like to be on the show?
Nathan: Exciting!  Everyone involved with the production was cool, so that made it fun.  It's too bad the ball broke apart...and all my LEGO bricks went flying everywhere.
Brady: You must have hundreds of LEGO bricks. How do you organize them all?
Nathan: I actually have about 1.5 million loose bricks in my studio!  Crazy, I know.  I organize them in clear stacking bins.  That way I can see what is inside and they take up less space so I have more room to build.
Brady: You've made so many LEGO models. What's your favorite creation that
you've made?
Nathan: The next one!


  So, I hope you enjoyed this very special re-post of my Nathan Sawaya interview, and please be sure to visit the various links that both me and Nathan gave, to learn more about Nathan and his work. But for the best site related to Nathan, visit www.brickartist.com for his blog, and to see pictures of all of his latest works. Thanks again for reading, and I'll see you on Monday with a new post! Until then, please leave a comment and tell me what you thought about the interview, especially if this is your first time reading it! Thanks again for reading, and I'll see ya' later everybody!