First of all, thank you for stopping by The Book of Brenden. I know there are millions of other blogs and billions of other websites out there. The fact that you decided to hang out here for a little while is awesome, and I appreciate it.
I’m a theatre practitioner and playwright in the southern Middle Tennessee area. As of Fall 2017, I have earned a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts, and I am putting it to work as I direct and produce plays and programs at the Fly Arts Center in Shelbyville. From directing shows to organizing and producing events and drama camps, I like to keep myself pretty busy. Here’s hoping I can actually make a living doing this theatre stuff someday.
In the meantime, I earn my bread by being an educational assistant and tutor Monday through Friday and a radio DJ at WLIJ 1580 AM on Saturdays. Being an educational assistant affords me daily instructional time and fellowship with students K-5, and being a DJ gives me the power to melt faces (figuratively speaking) with classic rock and new country music as well as hosting some live radio segments (community updates, weather, obituaries, birthdays, etc.).
Whenever I’m not so busy, I assist in the production and hosting of two different podcasts. The first of which is called Finding Christ in Cinema. For over four years, my podcasting buddy Michael and I watch films with the intention of gleaning Christian themes from them. We generally try to stick to movies that appeal to larger audiences, but we occasionally veer into the paw-paw patch of independent films and silver-screen classics. After all, “all great stories have elements of the Greatest Story.”
Speaking of great stories and storytelling, our other podcast is the Secret Fire Podcast. In this show, Michael and I (along with Michael’s son Micah) read through J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy and discuss Christian themes within them. We also focus on instances where Tolkein’s artistic genius shines through in his writing technique and storytelling mastery. In our breaking down of his creation, though, we are careful to reconfigure and understand his work as a whole entity – just as Tolkien himself would have wanted. “He that breaks a thing to find out what it is,” cautions Gandalf in Fellowship, “has left the path of wisdom.”
Why ‘The Book of Brenden’?
All of these efforts and experiences have given me a unique perspective on the world and how it works. Like everyone else in the universe, I have my own ideas about…well, anything and everything. I simply use this space to share some of those ideas. Here in this blog lies a collection of poetry and prose both fiction and nonfiction. I may post an essay about with idea about how Christians should and should not engage with art, or I may post a poem I thought up during my lunch break at school. Whatever it is, if I think it’s worth sharing and worthy of a space other than social media, I’ll put some craft to it and post it here.
Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you enjoy your stay.