Brendan James released his debut album, The Day Is Brave, in 2008 while I was living in Denmark. I listened to those 12 tracks over and over and over again as I wondered the streets of Copenhagen weekend after weekend. To this day when I hear the song "Early April Morning", I am literally lifted up into the sky and plopped back down in my sunny, white-walled, wide-plank hardwood-floored, IKEA-filled flat in Østerbro.
Fast forward nearly two years and two Brendan James concerts back in The States, and Brendan releases his second, self-titled album. Catching him live for the third time during this tour, I happened upon meeting some of my best friends to date. And now fast forward another two years, Brendan plays a house concert at said best friends' new house during his recent Hope In Transition - Night Life Tour. Brendan's music has traveled with me afar and through many stages of my life, and seriously, it was an absolute pleasure to finally hang with "the man behind the music". Thank you, Brendan, for making music that has connected me with a love, with so many friends, and with so many emotions for just a moment, for a night, and for a lifetime. And thank you, Craig (aka Craig Meyer– drummer and kale-avocado-smoothie extraordinaire) for helping me find the above words and for spreading positive vibes my way just when I have needed them most. Pee Ess: Thank you, Nicole + Jeff, for your spectacular house warming party and for being your awesome selves.