Posted: 05/05/10 at 5:09 AM Category: News PermaLink: http://music.beaubristow.com/blog/10494 Comments

I just received a text from a friend referring to my "last show." I've had several inquiries about it and so it's probably time that I give you the scoop...

Yep, I'm changing course and will no longer be investing in my career as a solo artist. I wouldn't change anything in the past, but I am changing directions for the future.

To be honest, I've declared retirement to close friends and myself more than Brett Favre, and every time I have returned. I love music, and I love traveling. I love creating songs and sharing them, but at the heart of all of this is a desire to understand and share life.

It's essential to all of us as human beings. We want to understand our existence and we want to express it, to share it with others. We recognize beauty and we try to mimic it. Give a child a crayon and just watch. Likewise, we experience pain or anger and we want to understand it and communicate it. It's a part of our humanity expressed even in the first cold moments after the womb: a cry.

As we get older we don't just draw and we don't just cry. We write, we discuss, we read, we sing, we dance, we work, we build, we love, we create. In every human action and endeavor we express our understanding and our existence. This is art.

When I first started music, "art" had a very limited meaning. To be "creative" meant to write a song. As I have grown, I have realized that my desire to be human, to express what I am, can extend to anything and everything. It need not be limited to music.

With that knowledge, and as I have gotten to know myself over the past few years, I have discovered new interests, new skills, and new passions that extend beyond music. I will always create music, but in order to pursue a few of my other interests I must loosen my grasp on my career as a singer/songwriter.

In the well-known account of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, they were given freedom to eat from any tree (except one). However, even within that freedom they were limited by space and time such that they could not stand under every tree at the same time.

So it is with all of us. We may reach and actually take hold of some things, but not all things at once. So I'm letting go of my music career as it has existed in the past 5 years to reach for something new. I'll blog about "something new" in the near future.

For now, I want to let everyone know that I'll still be touring solo/acoustic for 2010 and part of 2011.

My last concert with a band is scheduled for Sunday 5/16 in Nashville, TN at 7:00 PM at the Exit/Inn as a way to say thanks and to give everything I've got from stage one more time before I get too distracted by whatever comes next in my life.

As always, my desire is to enrich your life as I struggle to understand and express my own life.

If you're in Nashville, I would love to have you there for the show. You can get tickets at http://bit.ly/bMhhEk.

If you're not in Nashville, we will be webcasting the concert and you can see it here: http://bit.ly/d83TLG.

Here is the Facebook Event Page: http://bit.ly/9AunR9

Happy Cinco de Mayo!


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Posted By: jannie smith On 05/11/10 at 10:26 PM

brandon let me know about your "last" concert. i wish you so much happiness as you branch out in different directions! it was fun getting to know you as brandon's "roomie." God Bless You!

Posted By: Elsa On 05/06/10 at 7:46 PM

Hey Beau...good luck on whatever you end up doing after touring. I met you at Stonehill College last weekend and as you sang I realized what an honest idea of the world and your feelings you put out as you play. Thanks for that honesty, it's so refreshing! God bless you; I know God will do more amazing things through you!

Posted By: Pamela Sanchez On 05/06/10 at 10:14 AM

You sweet, sweet boy. You're life has been a blessing from the beginnings. I know whatever and where ever you go, you will find success and meaning because you hold to your foundation of God and family. Keep in touch with your fans, me included! Godspeed Beau Bristow!