It's been a few months! In case you're wondering, here's a rundown of what I've been up to
House Remodel: my dad's house is getting a major remodel, and I will be moving back in soon, but in the meantime he and I have been shuffled about. I call it the Brandon Diaspora. Luckily house sitting has exploded for me, thanks to the vaccinated desperately wanting to escape their homes. I'm hoping to move into my new home by October 1. I've been painting, dusting, packing, and organizing things endlessly for the past several months.
Weill Project: Joe Mabel and I have been rehearsing twice a week since May with lots of other work going into recording videos, doing research, writing blog posts, and creating placards. You can follow us via our website, and read the blog series I've been writing about the life of Lotte Lenya - Installment One and Installment Two
New ZERO Album: In the spring I recorded a couple of tracks for Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra's fifth studio release, Make an Arf Noise Here, due to come out very soon on Cordelia Records. One of the tracks was also turned into a video by Kevin Crosby for inclusion in this year's virtual Zappanale, and the other is included on Would You Like a Snack, a compilation album of choice cuts from 200 Motels.
Minstrel from the Island of the Moon: I illustrated a 1920s epic poem by Ottys Sanders using pen and ink. This book will be designed and hand crafted by Peter Nelson-King and available for purchase in a limited run in November.
Dabbling with botanical illustration: going through Wendy Hollender's instructional books to learn new techniques. I'm quite excited about where this could lead!
Coping as best I can: Like most of us, the pandemic, climate change, late stage capitalism, and changes in my career and family dynamic have all added up to be a lot to deal with just by themselves. As is my wont, I've been reading a lot of self-help books, mainly on creating routines and confidence for creatives. Some of this is actually in preparation for my own book series. More about this below.
Future Projects I'm hopeful about:
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