The Ghost of Hank Williams

I finally got around to seeing the Hank Williams biopic “I Saw the Light”, and thought English actor Tom Hiddleston did a great job portraying Hank. Often times when seeing films about musicians, I’ve had a hard time seeing past the actor, but Tom became Hank to me immediately. The music, the clothes, the cars, […]

Brandtner Design (website v2.0) — At Last!

Welcome to my new website! After having a static site that had never been updated since it was originally launched, I’m delighted to finally have a “living, breathing” website that I can update and maintain myself. First of all, I’d like to give a special shout out to the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and […]

How Did I Get Here?

This photo says it all! From as early as I can remember I’ve loved music. This snap is my 3-year-old self in Yokosuka, Japan. My father was stationed there in the Navy. My first memories in life are from Japan. There are 8mm movies of me sticking my head into that beautiful stereo cabinet, hovering […]