• Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 175
  • Bats/Throws: L/L
  • Shoots/Fences: R/L
  • Boards: both
  • Epistemic Skeptic
  • Dualist
  • Motive Consequentialist
  • Soft-Determinist
  • SLOAN: *Co*|I|
  • Color: Black
  • Agnostic
  • Jesus Freak

The Mythos in the Madness

Sup guys. Normally, this is supposed to be the part of a website where you brag about yourself (maybe even in third-person... irony?) for about a page or two. I guess that's supposed to convince everyone that you're really successful and good at what you do, or something like that.

Here's the thing: I don't feel like bragging and you don't want to read that stuff anyway. Sure, I'm good at what I do - and it turns out I've been really successful at a lot of things. But it's pretty stupid to brag if you've been freely given all that you have.

I didn't ask to be born where I was. I didn't earn a healthy body or an incredible family. There's no obvious reason why I should have been blessed with any skill or talent or with a beautiful life in an affluent place. All of the good luck (if you believe there's such a thing as luck) that's met me has been way beyond what I could ever arrange. Anything I accomplish in this world isn't really to my credit - but to the credit of The One who sets all of us on our paths. Yeah, we have free will. We can undertake whatever we want, whenever we want. We're born free. But let's not kid ourselves: nobody is born independent. Nobody has ever lived an entire life on their own two feet.

The ideas of independence and interdependence come into play in a really weird way if you're into creating things. There are certain kinds of creative autonomy and purity that should be preserved at all costs. You know: the kinds of things that keep you young - keep your mind free - keep vision coherent. But then in other ways, it's really a great idea to whore out as much of the process as possible to come up with something better in the end - to capitalize on comparative advantage, you know?

I've been creating music, art, and other stuff since before I can remember - which was at about age 3 or 4 - so I guess that's basically my entire life. Over the last decade, I've recorded too many songs and led too many bands to count. Through all of that, I've worked so hard to do so much by myself - only to find that I really do depend on people in so many huge, inescapable ways. Especially working with my fellow musicians and bandmates - I've realized that dependence isn't necessarily a bad thing. I have all of my past bandmates to thank, sincerely and deeply, for working together to put out some wicked tunes. All of it would have been impossible without them.

The Nebraska Sailing Authority itself actually started when me, Duff, Dan, and Caleb all got together and just voted on a name. Practicing at night - by floodlight - in an old, abandoned warehouse in the bad part of town. Storing our instruments in a brick vault with construction going on all around us. We ran with it pretty seriously for several years, and then disbanded for awhile. Now - all the way down here in New Zealand - I'm really looking at adopting the NSA name for the long term. I don't know who will be on board with me for what role. I don't even know what hemisphere they might be in. It's still pretty far from certain, in fact, that I can even make this happen and still refer to it as "The Nebraska Sailing Authority".

What I do know is that I have hundreds (maybe thousands) of awesome songs that you're going to love. It's not just songs, either. There's prose and poetry and motion and sound. There's even a few things up my sleeve that I don't think exist in this world yet... and maybe I'll be the man to finally make it happen. I've been given all these ideas and shades and worlds in my head - taking all sorts of different forms - and I need to share them so that they can be as sweet and amazing for you as they are for me. I've realized that I'll probably be doing this in one form or another for as long as I live - and that's cool. In fact, it's who I've always been and it's a big part of why I'm in this world.

When it comes down to it, I'm just a guy who wants to grab your attention and rock your world. Show you some Truth and Beauty. Point you toward Love. Wake you up and blow your mind just a little bit. Maybe that's all you need to know about me.

Hang loose my friends,
~ Brad