Jul 25, 2012
Brandt talks with his old friend, Dan Bryant, about growing up Mormon, the power of music for faith, and working for the church.
Dan’s Personal Music Website: www.DanBryantMusic.com
Dan’s Band: www.theforeground.com
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By Heather C.
Thanks for sharing this interview. I really appreciated learning more about how the church does business: as a business, it seems pretty nice (for the real employees, not the volunteers, especially distant volunteers who never make it into the one of the Utah companies). I know for myself that I would go back to work at BYU in a heartbeat if I could do it as an apostate (not that I would teach apostasy as a necessary part of my academic curriculum, but the loyalty requirement that the church has is more than I can meet).
I’m so happy you acknowledged your old tenancies to put a spin on all your stories. I remember really liking you when we first met as missionaries, but I had a tough time with you too – cause of all of the stories you told of yourself before the mission – like the wild police chase where you’d had been let off because your skills as a driver had impressed the officer, those sorts of things. I don’t mean to bring this old stuff up to embarrass you – I just want you to know how happy I am for you that you’re now so comfortable with who you are and that you don’t feel compelled to do that anymore. You’re one of a handful of people I regret not getting to know better post-mish before leaving.
Compared to most Voices, I found this one to be much less about faith disparities and “the journey” – the parts that makes me so interested in listening.
This has nothing to do with anything; but my dad is a church employee and they used to give out turkeys. My parents were really bummed when they switched to books because we’re not really into church books and the turkey was awesome! Apparently right after Christmas there are a lot of the fancy leather-bound books for sale on ebay.
Dan sounds like a really nice Utah-guy, even though he didn’t grow up there. Pretty weird. I guess Mormonism breeds the same type of person regardless of where in the U.S. they grow up? Anyways, a somewhat refreshing change to the mix, this was. This episode’s post photo should have included Dan with his Justin Beiber hair, and one of his cubicle with the Star Wars stuff. Would have been a nice variation, rather than churchy-style all the way. (Though the photos are very good quality, kudos to the photographer!)
Really neat and different story about a unique journey and engagement with Mormonism. Not what I expected, but just what made it interesting to listen to.
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