Posts by BRANDEN & JAMES

Las Vegas debut

Our Las Vegas debut. It’s on Sunday, October 8th at 8pm. We’re so excited and nervous to be playing our first big show in Las Vegas. As many of you know, we picked up and moved to Las Vegas from Los Angeles in February of this year in search of more performance opportunities and a…

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Sunday Inspiration

Here’s some Sunday Inspiration for you. I wrote this blog in June and just haven’t felt urged to publish it until now. Manila was hot and stifling. Worse than anything I’ve experienced thus far in my life and travels and I lived through several summers in New York City. The heat is one thing, but…

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I don’t want to sing another Hallelujah

I don’t want to have to sing another Hallelujah. Am I the only one who is frightened and saddened to watch Western civilization crumble before our eyes? I realize that may sound a bit dramatic. A friend and mentor of mine named Doug Montgomery said to me, “if there’s one thing I’ve learned in my…

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Upcoming San Diego Show

We’re playing a show soon in San Diego. It’s on August 17th at Martini’s Above Fourth. I’m just gonna be honest and say that we need to sell more tickets to this show. It’s called “From Bach to Bieber“. Many of you have seen versions of it. The difference is that we always change things…

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Our society has changed

Our society has changed…for the better. When I write blogs, I try to write from the heart rather than backing up my “claims” with a ton of research. I try to relate my opinions and world views to personal experiences. Some of you may have read the first sentence and thought, “Our society has changed…

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Charity Work

Charity work is so important. James and I do a fair amount of charity work for various causes: HIV/AIDS, autism, animal rights, healthy eating for children, human rights alliances, and homelessness to name a few. The reasons we do it are various. There are the obvious reasons: 1. We are personally connected to the cause.…

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Proud

Proud. What does it mean? No really. Proud is an adjective meaning: “a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.” Many of us use pride as a noun, or proud as an adjective in both a positive and…

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Superiority Complex

Superiority complex. What is a superiority complex exactly? We had a conversation with a lovely couple as we were sailing away from Papua New Guinea the other day. It was a conversation about Papua New Guinea and the many trials it has faced in its time as a young nation. The gentleman was saying to…

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Adelaide

Adelaide. “City of Churches” as it’s aptly named AND city of serial killers as James likes to quip. Don’t read too far into the reference of serial killers, because these are isolated incidents and it’s more of a running joke at this point than anything else. Adelaide is an incredibly safe, laid-back city with friendly…

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No Place Like Home

There’s no place like home. Was the phrase coined in the ground-breaking film about escapism and regret called Wizard of Oz? No, it actually first occurred in a song adaptation from an opera published in 1823 called Home! Sweet Home!   Having spent years of my young adult life rebelling from “the nest” and wanting to establish independence from…

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