The title chosen for me at birth was Bryn Scott-Grimes and I've chosen to keep it. They were the words my parents chose as the most fitting for a chocolate-haired, hardy little eggplant who refused to open his eyes when he first emerged from his mother’s womb on the living room floor one morning in May near the end of the 1st millennium.
I like my name. It's fitting of who I am, who I was, and who I am becoming. I like my first name because it’s unusual yet simple - it gives me a sense that I have a special duty on earth to fulfill - to show people what they are not seeing, hearing, smelling, listening-to, feeling, thinking. I like my last name, because I like both of my parents (Scott = Mother; Grimes = Father) and I’m interested in the countries of origin that both of these names came from. I also like how my full name is 3 syllables and each word has a very different vibe, suggesting variety, diversity, and creativity.
Why am I here? Why do I have a website? The shallowest answer would be ‘to advance my music career,’ but that would only be partially true. The real answer is because I value sharing and discussing ideas with you through a variety of mediums: music, writing, photos, anecdotes, drawings, and the daily/weekly rituals I employ. I am inspired by others who do the same, people who also value self-expression, self-assurance, the sublime, truth, aesthetics, identity, spirit, pain, play, music, and humanity (aka: my blog categories). My website is a tour of the way I see the world, often expressed through music and writing (but not always!).
Am I here for me or for you? The answer is both. Everyone is interested in themselves, but they are also deeply interested in other people. This is why social media and the modern idea of ‘sharing’ is so damn successful. Can you imagine if your profile was just for you and only you could see it? You’d be bored as hell after 1 day of posting things, because no one would be completing the feedback loop. You wouldn’t be seen, and being seen is important. It’s the same as being heard, as being understood.
I spend time trying to nail down why it is I am alive, what I am here for, and I’ve currently chiseled it down to two things:
1) Helping you (and myself) make better choices
2) Helping you (and myself) access states of being involving not having to make choices at all.
Here are some examples of each.
How to Make Better Choices (getting to know yourself):
Journal [stream of consciousness writing or talking (while recording it)]Listening to what others tell you about yourself, then assessing its worth and meaningfulness
Analyze and record dreams
Have deep, philosophical, or vulnerable conversations with yourself and others
How to Access Decision-Free States of Being (experience yourself, get lost):
Practice immersive gross-motor skill experiences (yoga, intense exercise, sex)
Practice Immersive fine-motor skill experiences (making art, music, crafts, etc.)
Meditate/Pray (not necessarily religiously)
Focus on one sense at a time (sensory training)
Get lost in art appreciation (watch a film, see a show, actively listen to music)
Seek peak experiences: moments of ecstasy, grand realization, profound connection, diminishing of the boundary between self and universe
Play (have playful, meaningless conversations with yourself and others; play with animals and toys)
It’s a cyclical dance between exploration+growth (education, decision-making) and experience+appreciation ("living"). My daily rituals continually chase back and forth between these two paradigms feeding into each other like Yin and Yang, order and chaos, male and female, black and white, night and day, and everything in between.
My career title has always been tricky for me to pin down. I sometimes just opt for the simple ‘musician’, but the truth is no single title ever really reflects what any of us do or what we’re capable of. For example, besides mastering the harmonica and guitar, I have also spent a great deal of time writing, physically training, teaching, travelling, exploring my psyche, hosting others and researching and experimenting with nutrition, supplementation, and psychedelia. Does 'musician' really cover all that?
Over the years, I have ‘been’ many things: a paper delivery boy, airbnb host, personal trainer, sub-landlord, food-delivery driver, house painter, construction worker, dish washer, music teacher, recording studio owner, art dealer, handyman, boyfriend, son, sibling, friend, foe, entertainer, fool. All of these things have shaped who I am and who I’m becoming. I encourage you to try thinking in a similar manner - to think about the whole of yourself, rather than the part that you simply make money with, or the part that you choose to show the world (your 'persona').
I encourage you to explore my website, listen to my music, read my blog articles and take what you will from it - whatever will help you make better decisions and then be free of making decisions all together. It's the back and forth between those two states that makes for a rich, fulfilling, healthy, useful, moral and interesting life.
If you’re inspired, have a question, or a comment, feel free to reach out to me on my ‘connect’ page, add a comment to a blog post, or share my creations with others around you.
boundary-tester, contrarian, jester, hacky-sack player, mask-wearer,
failure seeker, wanderer, rule-breaker, convention-ignorer
teacher, breathing coach, personal trainer (past), incessant researcher,
writer, philosopher, entrepreneur, encourager
songwriter, singer, harmonicist, guitarist, ukulele-ist,
drummer, poet, entertainer, bodybuilder
We've all done successful things.
These are some of my external successes:
Co-Founder of Silverthorn Studios
Founder of Harmonica Freedom, featured in award-winning documentary Me & My Harmonica
1st Place recipient of the Landmark Events Music Competition 2015 (Taylor & Bryn)
Co-recipient of $30,000 in funding from Futurpreneur for the founding of Silverthorn Studios
Featured in award-winning documentary Me & My Harmonica by JbyJ Productions
Harmonica player featured on Anna Gutmanis' award-winning "Lately It's Cold"
Harmonica player on Danger Dolan's "The Ant Who Complains All Day" (by Taylor Abrahamse) with over 1 million streams on Youtube
BA Honours Music, 2012
And some of my less showy, but equally as important ones:
transitioned from high-meat to meat a few times per year
made it through 29 years without getting into 1 single physical fight
taught over 300 people how to be musical
Have been a friend to multiple people who needed someone
helped 3 old men achieve artistic bucket list dreams
encouraged my ex to start her dream business, and she did
raised 2 dogs and 14 plants
I'm influenced by everything,
but since you might want specifics, I'll narrow it down:
family, tin pan alley, bebop, Steve Reeves, pre-war and Chicago-style harmonica, the British invasion bands, music boxes, carnivals, circuses, Little Walter, Cannabis, The Beach Boys, Cacao, Emma Watson, Disney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, french film soundtracks, All of my muses, hip hop, Django Reindhart, Ella fitzgerald, Psilocybin, Jimi Hendrix, blues, John Mayer, Catherine-Zeta Jones, crooners, musicals, "world music," Tchaikovsky, Celtic tunes, Ashton Kutcher, Serge Nubret, Taylor Abrahamse, Big Walter, Ellen Page, the Austin Powers and Harry Potter sound tracks, gravity, Woodstock '69, John Bohnam, Musely (my old dog), all of my past girlfriends, Marie Snyder, Kenny G, fairytales, Beethoven, Bob Dylan, the Pied Piper, fairy tales, peanut butter, the Fool archetype, myths, the swinging 20s, Broadway, J.S., and more!