The Podcast is Back

Feeling back in the creative flow has inspired me to start a personal podcast in addition to the weekly Vlog videos. It will include video which is a bit of extra work but at least it will capture my aging visage as I grow older. Ha!

Check it out here. The plan is to eventually release one weekly podcast each Sunday morning but I imagine a few of them will come in quick succession. I’m working to get my musical bumpers and segments planned so it’s less of a ramble than you will hear in the first episode.

Friends, Countrymen, I give you BRENTOCAST!

Gaslit Again

I fell you what, I have this one acquaintance in my musical world who really is, just by his nature a gas light specialist. I’ve known him since high school and I accept who and what he is. I try to maintain a friendship with him which at times is not easy. I accept him. I know what he is so in that way he’s like the snake that I can see clearly and avoid entanglement with. 

The problem with a gas lighter is that they derive some sort of perverse pleasure in firing you up with False compliments designed to gain your confidence so they can pull the rug out from under you right when it suits them to charge their own ego.  Needles to say this is super frustrating.

As I move into my 50’s I have promised myself I won’t accept this sort of behavior and I have even cut a few folks out of my life who were long time acquaintances. I say acquaintances because they were only masquerading as friends. 

Yet in my sincere desire to be an open book and a friend to all I found myself following another path that turned out to be a rabbit trail. Only this time the wasted time turned out to only be a matter of weeks before I recognized the old patterns. While it’s upsetting to waste any time on a person who doesn’t really deserve or appreciate it, I’m just being the open book I’ve always been and trying to be the glad handed collaborator always willing to spread the joy of creating good music. 

Metaphorically speaking, I’m done wasting my water and casting pearls before swine. That’s just wasting my pearls. 

I am so grateful to have one true blue musical friend in my life right now. He knows who he is and I thank God for him on the regular. 

The rest is all about making the moves that matter. Getting beck active in church and Delilah, Delilah, Delilah.

Goodbye Frosty A.K.A. Mr. Handsome

I’ll post more about this when the pain subsides. Yesterday, Mr Frosty flopped down beside the car as it backed out and was tragically killed. He was without exception my favorite cat we’ve ever had. He was just the perfect pet and so incredibly beautiful. The 3 years we had him, he was just so loving to all of us and Delilah. It’s going to be seriously difficult to get over this and used to the idea of not having him around. We loved him so much. I’ll share photos here soon.

We were already dealing with the loss of Nancee’s Mom, Lynn, who’s funeral is in a few hours. Having this just compounds grief.

North Myrtle Beach Get Away Live Blog

We arrived late on the evening of the 23rd and had a full day of beach combing, resting up, massages, eating out and Netflix on the 24th, bringing us to this, our second full day of the February 2022 North Myrtle Beach Get-Away. I’d go into greater detail but why bother when you can watch almost 30 minutes of edited video from that day here and here.

Last night I ordered our tickets for The Pirates Voyage, a show I’ve literally been wanting to see since I was a little kid. We narrowly missed it last trip down, when I waited just a little too long to order those tickets. Anyways, Mom, Nancee, Summer, Delilah and myself are all set to see the show Saturday night at the 6 PM showing and we can’t wait.

It’s 7:52 am right now and on the schedule today is a trip to the board walk, a 5 pm massage for me, then dinner at Sushi King. Somewhere in there, we will be doing a walk on the beach but so far it’s been very foggy.

Beach Life with
Brent and Nancee

BMF Plays Loafers and Legends

Our first real gig is in the books as we laid down about 2 hours of acoustic rock at Loafers and Legends in Badin last night. As fate would have I, it turned really cold that evening and the normal customers did not seem to be out in force, however at least 15 family and friends came out to watch us and that was really gratifying. Speaking just for me the meal I had on our break was delicious. That place has found themselves and excellent chef I must say.

Zak brought his usual enthusiasm and energy along with 5 or 6 spectators making him my kind of band mate. When new are 100% on the same sheet of music, the sky is the limit and I think we are all ready and willing to do the work to get there.

The absolute best part of the nite was the fact that my family could be there. Mom and Summer came out and brought the light of my life, Delilah who did pretty well with all the excitement. She was bopping to the music and seemed to enjoy the food and was just generally having a great time. I like seeing that and painting those memories for her. She gets music and has paid lots of attention to music since she was an infant.

As far as the performance I’d give us a solid B+. Zak is so new with us we just haven’t had enough of those acoustic practices, but individual talent shewn through and kept us up there standards-wise. Actually, Not just that. Harrison and I spend most of our work time together working on new material or learning the DAW in my studio and tweaking that whole setup out. We have only recently turned out attention to recording. I was in good voice and Harrison as always was particularly impressive on the leads.

Annual Albemarle Nutrition Anniversary Party

What can I possibly say about January 29th to fully express how truly epic of a day it was? I was out the door around 7:30 to explore the new dusting of snow and I took my camera shooting 4 HDRI image cycles before Nancee and Liam even hit the ground. While it can annoy me to wait for everyone to get ready, not this time!

After dropping them at the store I popped over to the nearby cemetery with plans to shoot more setups. As I got out of the vehicle I a woman walking a large Pitbull called out to me telling me that her dog thought I was her friend and would I mind if she let it run over to me to see that I was not in fact said friend. I responded in the affirmative and had a nice interaction with a very friendly dog who just happened to be named, “Cooper,” same as my own big dog. I love how snow makes dogs act. They are like children on Christmas morning.

Afterwards, I spent close to an hour out there shooting five HDRI source setups. I went back to the store to prep for our performances planned to start around 11 am. We actually started around 1. We did however lay the jams down to an appreciative audience. It was kind of awesome. I haven’t had that much music fun in ages.

We ended the epic day with Lobster sandwiches from the vendor that came and served up some tasty awesomeness to the whole neighborhood. Band newcomer Zak actually brought some friends whom I invited upstairs on the break to enjoy a little arcade action.

I grow tired of dealing with copyright strikes on Youtube so check out playlist of the originals we played during the various sets. It was a lot of fun. This was indeed technically our first out. We’re scheduled to play at Loafers and Legends in Badin this Saturday night. Come see us!

An Actual Band

Re Zak McClendon, ‘we’ve kind of moved into real band territory. I say this because that magical fourth member with enough ability and most importantly the passion to move it forward seems to be something Zak has brought to the table. He literally brought 4 spectators to our first informal acoustic show and they were clearly there just to hear the music. Me being a song writer, THAT always impresses me.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring but suffice to say that for now, Zak is doing what it takes to get it done. It is exciting to have someone so excited about playing live around again. Yesterday it occurred to me that our last names can be arrange thusly. BMF. For now we are considering calling yourself that when we do these acoustic shows.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring but suffice to say that for now, Zak is doing what it takes to get it done. It is exciting to have someone so excited about playing live around again. Yesterday it occurred to me that our last names can be arrange thusly. BMF. For now we are considering calling yourself that when we do these acoustic shows.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring but suffice to say that for now, Zak is doing what it takes to get it done. It is exciting to have someone so excited about playing live around again. Yesterday it occurred to me that our last names can be arrange thusly. BMF. For now we are considering calling yourself that when we do these acoustic shows.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring but suffice to say that for now, Zak is doing what it takes to get it done. It is exciting to have someone so excited about playing live around again. Yesterday it occurred to me that our last names can be arrange thusly. BMF. For now we are considering calling yourself that when we do these acoustic shows.

Enter Manly Hanley

I want to document the sheer serendipity that occurred when a young fella walked into our store about a month or so back and asked me about how one goes about recording with my friend Eddie Snugs at his studio. We talked for a few minutes about music when I realize that apart from being 25 years apart in age we did indeed have a quite a lot in common. I brought them upstairs to my create space and stood there for an hour showing them my film making clips and the deep crevasses of my original Youtube channel.

Before they had left I invited him to the recently started band’s practice that Sunday to play some keys.

Manly Hanley
Harrison Foreman aka Manly Hanley

That evening I visited his epic Manly Hanley Youtube channel and legitimately watch it for over an hour, barely scratching the surface.

Since then I’ve logged in often to better get to know this wild man force of nature that has entered my life. I’ve literally never encountered a 25 year, half my age that I have so much in common with. I’m talking generally interests, passion for music, taste in movies.

I’ve already looped him into my first official producing gig on Ansel Brown’s new record and he’s been a major contributing force to that.

You know, I had to let someone go recently who really proved themselves to not have my best interests at heart and a break a continuous cycle of (at the very least emotional abuse) from a person I considered a friend for 17 years. This was a person I only really had one or two interests in common with. God’s timing is always perfect.

You’ll be hearing more about this talented young man as the posts come I am sure. For now I am really grateful to be working with such a generally nice guy and talented musician. Working with people like this just makes me better.

Brent Bowers, Ansel Brown, Dave Harper, Harrison Foreman

God is great and I just wanted to post and express that.

Here’s a little something we put together last night. It’s only half finished so take it for what it is.