A Song Across Wires
EDM Artist BT is unlike any other musician of this generation. Constantly underrated and devoted to true composition and his fans, BT has created a sound that takes advantage of and speaks directly to the human connections we make in this universe.
Grammy nominated BT is not a hard man to track down. A constant world traveler, performing in front of large, sweaty crowds from New York to Shanghai, BT is always connected to his fans. Unlike many celebrities and popular musicians, the affable BT never hesitates to reply to random fans on social media or in person at shows. From a simple hello to deep conversations about technology and life in general, BT is what fans wish every major recording artist would be like. Though for his sake, and for the sake of his fans, it’s probably better that he embraces what many of his peers do not seem to have the time for.
My history with BT (Brian Transeau) started with an accidental interview that was dropped into my lap. Having been a BT fan since his first major release back in 1995. I was instantly transported to giddy school girl land but was able to refrain any “sqeeeing”. Our first interview was a success, as we shared many common interests in technology and the manipulation of it. As well, BT shared a vision of the world in which there is not only so much beauty to be found, but to be created and amplified as well. Our second interview, in which we got to shake hands for the first time, took place in a cafe on Miami Beach. Oddly enough, the perfect setting to discuss life, our daughters, art and music.
This time around something had definitely changed. The professional and awkward aspect of an interview with a celebrity was gone. Instead, we had an hour long conversation about the changing aspect of music, influence and chai tea. BT’s excitement hadn’t died down, that’s for sure. Inspired by his own industry and music, every word is backed by a decades long love for art and creation. This time though, a conversation about BT about the universe and music wasn’t enough. To capture the truly soul enfolding effect of his compositions, I needed to talk to the fans. Not just the ones I know from being part of the BT Family, but the ones I don’t know. Normally, this would be a daunting task, but for someone in constant communication with his fans it was something as simple as a Facebook post.
So what follows isn’t an interview, or an album review. While both those items are elements of this article, there is so much more that this one man has created that neither is enough to truly capture the impact of his creation. Humble, kind, humorous and intelligent, BT’s connection with his fans is truly what sets him apart, both in the composition and influence of his music and in his reluctant acceptance of what he’s created. This is a thoughtful, insightful, inspirational and heartfelt consideration of very powerful music from the perspective of dedicated fans, myself and BT.
Circle of Influence
To understand BT’s place and contribution to it, you have to first understand EDM (Electronic Dance Music). What started out as DJ’s spinning records in clubs to create infectious beats for young people to dance to, turned into DJ’s in larger clubs all over the world spinning records and pressing buttons, turning dials and controlling lights to create infectious beats for young people to dance to. The evolution of EDM has simply embraced technology and all it has to offer, yet little has changed in the way of composition. While there are slight changes (dubstep for example) in the arrangement and tone of the music, the goal of EDM has always been to create dance music. BT has always considered himself an EDM artist, the Grammys have considered him an EDM artist, his fans have considered him an EDM artist but I think that classifying his music as such has limited his reach.
I liken it to classical music. The composition is larger than the whole and contributes more to the musical universe than simply being another EDM release. While BT does in fact create plenty of dance music, the same could be said for classical music, you would just have to dance a whole lot slower. Yet, from the beginning, with Ima, BT has shown that what he puts together in an album is so much more than just some music to dance to (as many fans will attest later in this article). BT creates an energy with his compositions that doesn’t end with the technology available. A graduate of the Berklee College of Music and a former member of punk rock bands, he knows there is much more to music than pushing buttons. This is why you will find not only live instruments in his music, but sounds that didn’t exist before he invented them through writing his own software. As a result of this, EDM has changed. The music being put out by EDM artists has become more focused, more creative and intricate, to the point that BT has been inspired by those who were inspired by him. This, is the ouroboros of EDM.
BT spoke about how this circular level of influence and the influence of the needs of his fans molded his latest album A Song Across Wires and was a little blown away when I suggested the ouroboros effect.
“That’s a crazy thought; that’s an exceptional type thought and I wouldn’t say that that’s impossible. It’d be weird for me to talk about myself in that way I think, but that being said, I do feel like it’s a full circle sort of moment for sure. When I began in the early 90’s, which is crazy, I mean one of the most exciting things I get to talk about now regularly is a lot of people that I work with or collaborate with, they literally weren’t born when I put out my first record. That’s crazy.
“It’s crazy when you get inspired to do something that other people want you to do. It’s like a weird moment of intersection. Historically I kind of zigged when people wanted me to zag and this is the first moment where I feel like my fan bases’ expectations sort of are lining up with authentically what I’ve wanted to make, and that alone, just that piece of it, feels really, really exciting to me. It’s been years and years that I’ve participated in and loved electronic music and electronic dance as a culture. To be so inspired by what’s happening now is crazy, I feel I’m more inspired by what’s happening over the last three years, I’d say, then I have in the entire rest of my career combined.
“Honestly, a lot of it is due to the fact that these incredible sort of disruptive musical technologies have erupted into dance music culture and it’s also grown the base exponentially. It’s funny because a lot of the trance kids particularly have a strong disdain for bass music. I was asked recently in a interview what I thought would be the craziest thing that happens this year that no-one sees coming. I told them that trance kids are going to start listening to dubstep. They were like wow, no way. I told them to go check out Fractal, Au5, Seven Lions. These guys are combining two kinds of data sects and funneling them into one thing. It’s cohesive, it makes sense, but the bass music has kind of exploded into dance music culture. I think it’s upped everybody’s game in terms of production, in sound design and it just inspired me.
“It’s like I feel like the first time in forever that I’ve been inspired by what other people are doing in EDM. You know, I’ve always been looking elsewhere; to classical music or to academic electronic, or Indie rock. This is the first time where I feel like what I’m inspired by lines up with my fans expectations of what they want from me. There is this really exciting convergence moment were I feel like this record is going to make a lot of my die-hard’s really, really happy and that’s exciting to me, you know?”
When you live past a certain decade mark in your life, you start to notice the circular motion of everything around you, in the sense that history tends to repeat itself as far as trends. BT has now been around long enough, as a human being and as an artist that he is able to embrace both the past and the future through emerging artists and trends and the knowledge of years of experience. This is why, as I’ll expand on later, A Song Across Wires is a masterpiece of an album. It is the Beethoven’s Fifth to EDM music. That might be high glowing praise, but no matter what genre of music you prefer to listen to, listening to this album will only enhance the way that you perceive the world. Because it is all about perception, about the emotions that are triggered when the music — mind you, a music that contains elements that don’t exist anywhere else in the musical realm because they were programmed and created specifically for exact auditory purposes — hits you.
BT’s music is a world come to life, and filled with emotion…a world I desperately want to be a part of. The only way I know to describe the way BT’s music makes me feel is the following: having an incredibly good dream of a world that doesn’t exist and waking up homesick to go back. It is addictive in nature. I think the reason BT’s music affects so many people on a deeply personal level is because he is the only artist I know of that writes & codes in the same wavelength as the Universe. If he needs to make a sound and there is not a way to do it, he will circuit bend something or INVENT software! Who else can say that?! I know other fans feel the same way as me. — Jeana Belote, BT Family
BT’s music is, to me, the epitome of freedom and creativity and a pure love for sound. It’s the most unrestrained adventure you could venture on. He’s the only one I have known that is constantly exploring sound. It’s an adventure everyday and his open mindedness is so vast, inspiration can be found in just about anything. He never stays with one sound for very long, you can always expect some sort of variety, because he refuses to sit there in one place when he clearly sees the universe as a playground for creativity. It’s evident in not just the music, but his album titles, art, and everything right down to the track titles. — Paul Humphreys, BT Family
To listen to BT is to stand within a storm of sound whose every drop is cast with purpose by a sublime sorcerer. — Tom Strong, BT Family
BT’s music is an escape to a different world, a veritable ecosystem of sound in which you discover something new with each visit. No other music comes close to achieving this, it provides to me a peaceful and mystical escape from the chaos that can often happen in day to day life. — Mark Miller, BT Family
“It’s a full circle moment where many people won’t have seen the beginning of the circle, it looks like an arch,” BT continues. “When I started making dance music, electronic music, what I did was extremely disruptive. At that time, it was like the early days of Chicago House Music and Detroit Techno and England was just kind of coming to the table with embracing that music. And so, when I started making music, I wasn’t even listening to any of that. I just grew up listening to groups like Depeche Mode and then studying classical music. I went to Berklee and studied jazz and thought I’m going to throw all of this into one pot and make something that’s me and without any kind of foresight into how about that would affect what was happening culturally at that time.”
At this point, with the linear nature of house and dance music you could suppose that perhaps BT had broken a link in the circle and created a new linear offshoot. Yet, his peers and other in the industry were slow to adapt to a new way of creating electronic music. BT was putting two minute long breakdowns in his music, adding classical twists and compositional elements. There was a question of whether fans would embrace the music, but BT went with “I just think it sounds awesome” and stuck with his creations. Many times in his career BT has risked all — his peers, his fan-base and his legacy — to expand his thinking and musical vernacular. From scoring films, to developing software and traveling around the world (and sharing all his photos with his fans), BT has not only embraced change but has been the catalyst for it many times over.
I don’t dance, I don’t go to raves or to clubs but I love music. Within music, I like transition and movement, creativity and originality. When I first heard BT many years ago, this was what drew me to his music. All these elements put together to create something more than just some more dance music, music that I had heard before and didn’t particularly enjoy. Explaining the music of BT has never been an easy task. Yes, he does use computers and writes his own programs to make music. But, that’s still making music. Just because he’s not holding a guitar in his hand — although sometimes he does live instrument recording and mixes it in — doesn’t mean it’s not music. It’s composition, and what I’ve been trying to explain to people is what BT does is more than traditional house music and trance. But then, at the same time, BT changed how people perceive electronic music and whether he wants to admit it or not, it employs the next generation of people who are making electronic music, which can in turn have influence BT right back. In a sense, it is like a parent learning from a child. After a moment of consideration, BT had no recourse but to see the course of his art and actions.
“That’s it exactly. That’s an amazing analogy, seriously, amazing. I need to take that one in. Honestly, one of my best friends dad is a really inspiring man to me. His name is Tony Paul and he was the head of the school board in Maryland and a decorated Vietnam veteran, an amazing guy and he’s full of these incredible nuggets of wisdom. He would always say to me, ‘Stand there just for an extra second when you’re done and just kind of take it in.’ He’s like, ‘I know you, and you’re not taking it in. Just stand there for an extra second and take it in.’ And I do need to take that in sometimes, you know because I participated in something that’s awesome and to be proud of and I appreciate you saying that. Thank you for saying that.
“It’s like you sort of breathe these ideas and something that you love and then it come back differently and you’re learning from your original ideas. That’s it exactly. You just absolutely nailed it on the head. That’s amazing, that’s exactly what it is.”
BT’s music means that I can go into my room, turn off the lights, close my eyes and hit play — then, suddenly I’m riding on a magic carpet, over a rainbow, with majestic unicorns frolicking beneath. The end. — Nathan Webb, BT Family
A Song Across Wires has hints of early BT albums. There is this drifting feel that grabs your by every grain of your body. This is the great thing about this music, that as a composer BT is able to take those elements that have permeated his brain, stayed with him over time and mix them with new elements to make something completely different. Along the way BT has inspired other artists and himself to open up their library of thought to embrace new styles and ways of producing and creation. Inspiration in music is an interesting beast, unlike other art forms, musicians are inspired by not only style and composition, but form and tone as well. While a painter could take the style of another painter, more often than not that style already exists as its own style. With music, the sheer individuality of artists shines through the music, to the point that there are artists that almost exactly sound like artists that existed 30 years before them. However, there are enough creatively individual elements in the music that no matter who you sound like, you sound like you. BT talked about the creative process in the beginning, and how it inspired the creative process later on.
“I think about when I started making stuff, that for a while, people were calling breaks or musical breaks in the late 90s. The stuff that I was listening to at that time were some of the really dark drum and bass guys, and I kept thinking, what if you could use some of these sounds, but use them in something that was not just balls out dark and angry — which is cool in its own right. You know what I mean? But, not sort of my aesthetic. And so, playing around with these things and then sort of applying a cut and paste aesthetic to my music, I started to make this thing that now, when I hear dubstep, I think wow. And not even just coming from me, from people that are coming up or people that are very successful, without naming any names. But, some people that are very successful coming to me and saying, ‘Do you realize how much you have to do with this?’
“It’s funny because the first things that were sort of disruptive, were this idea of non-linearity and the next thing was really like a smaller idea of non-linearity. So, that was kind of on the macro scale, and then as I started being able to really do some hardcore audio editing stuff. I’m thinking on ESCM where I started applying that non-linearity on a more micro level. So, oh I’m going to take that quarter note from minutes later in the song and I’m going to splice it into that quarter note, and that’s exactly what you hear in bass music now. Where it’s not just one — and granted, amazingly designed — sound, it’s free and rapid fire succession, and that’s something that I do feel a tremendous amount of time share partial ownership in.
“But, you’re right and just the idea of learning from people you’ve taught; that’s kind of really like a great way to put a bow around what A Song Across Wires is. So, I’m just inspired by what’s happening right now, man. I’m inspired by the ways these people are making music, I’m inspired by the tools people are using, and how people no longer accept that something has to be used in what’s written on the package. You know, that on its own inspires me. It’s like, I just finally feel like I have a peer group. It’s crazy, other people that are interested in the sort of aesthetic that I am. So yeah, exciting times, man.”
I can say flat out that I wouldn’t be making music today if it weren’t for BT. Falling in love with BT’s music is why I came out to the clubs every night. Being in those clubs is the reason I met my producer. There would be no “Aubrey the EDM artist” without BT. I would never want to live in a world were BT doesn’t create the soundtrack of my life. — Aubrey Ayala, EDM Artist
The first couple of minutes of A Song Across Wires lured me into a false sense of appreciation. I appreciated and liked the music because it was what I expected from BT. It felt like his creation, I knew I was listening to a BT album and all was well. What I didn’t expect is how much the music would change over the course of the next hour or so (total time is one hour, nineteen minutes), how different it would feel from every other BT album before it and how it spoke to the future of EDM and music itself. Right around the ten minute mark the lyrics are “let it go, let it go”. This is telling, because within a minute BT truly lets go of the past and while keeping true to his style, incorporates new styles, new inventions and immediately moves the music forward. The sixteen minute mark is when, for me at least, BT takes everything he has learned as a musician and programmer and scrambles it up with everything else EDM has been doing around him.
EDM artists have taken note and opened up their belief systems as far as what is considered traditional and what isn’t. They are open to using more tools and more drifts and breaks than they ever have before. From slowing things down, to speeding things up, EDM artists are no longer content to just do the same thing, what is expected. They’ve got the tools at their at disposal now with technology and have realized if you enjoy doing one thing, then that’s what you enjoy doing and there’s no problem with that. But, if you want to experiment and make different music in how you feel, how your mood is and how you write it, you have the freedom to do that these days. There’s a lot of cross over and one can’t help but purely enjoy where music is going in all genres.
“It’s incredibly exciting times for music and you know, one of the things too is, I find it very inspiring is seeing how this is fracturing off into the kind of constructive interference in related ponds, if you will. In pop music, in rock music, in country music, in all these different types of music, people are beginning to embrace these new sort of ideologies and aesthetics. And music is just growing of all sorts because of this incredible, disruptive technology that is electronic dance music culture and honestly, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve heard some of my peers are actually known for saying something inflammatory or whatever about that new dance music is a bubble. I really respectfully disagree with that in that hip hop music and culture, literally was cresting on the underground for a period of three years, maybe four years, before Blondie and the Sugarhill Gang and everything took that mainstream.
“There wasn’t this long, standing cultural understanding of the music, aesthetic to the culture. That will developed coterminous with the music itself. We already have this incredible precedent in understanding for the way to enjoy this music and culture around this music, so really, being so far as the mainstream or this being some kind of bubble, this is just beginning. I mean, it’s literally just beginning.”
There are no bubbles in music. There are things that rise and fall in popularity, but they never go away. To me, pop music has been around since the Beatles and before them. Dance music has been around since disco, but, it keeps evolving, just keeps evolving and as much as it evolves, it stays the same. There’s groups out there in the Rock genre like Wolfmother and The Black Keys that keep bringing back that 60s and 70s rock sound. As much as people want to think, most things stay the same in a high reaching generalization of sorts.
Things stay the same, as much as they change, but they keep evolving along with the technologies and the mixes, and how people view it all. The fan base changes and the accessibility to the music has changed so much because of the internet and because of YouTube, we are able to find independent artists, they’re able to put their music out there. People are able to share more and it’s growing exponentially and electronic music especially because it’s becoming — I don’t want to say more mainstream — but it’s becoming more mainstream. It’s getting into people’s heads. With a level of excitement I’m unable to convey in text transcription, BT agrees that where we are with music today, is exactly where we want to be.
“The cool thing is that good stuff — this is the part that gets me; good stuff is popular. I remember in the 90s thinking why the hell is everyone not freaking out over Autechre and Richard James and these things that were so significant at their peak. Of course, these guys are still doing amazing, amazing works, but when they kind of burst into music and were doing their first very formative work, I just remembered thinking, why weren’t people freaking out about this? Is it that it’s too academic? What is it about this that people — they don’t see the sort of relevance of it and now, it’s like some of the best music being made is the most popular.
“That in itself is mind boggling and a lot of that has to do with the way the information in the media is disseminated through social media, the internet, and it’s incredible. The major media outlets are having a harder time democratizing this music in that people are finding what’s good now. You can’t tell them anymore, they actually know. They are able to parse it out themselves and it’s not by repetitive re-saturation that people are finding things that are great. It’s because they’re smarter. Honestly, they’re more adept at discovering great music and they have better ways to aggregate data and media. It’s just an exciting time on all fronts, you know. Let’s hope our country holds out and we’ll be good, man. These are the glory days right now, seriously.”
Not only has his music been an inspiration, but also the way he lives his life. BT shares a lot of his personal life on Twitter and you can truly see how his life inspires the music he creates. Being a musician, I try to learn from his music and incorporate it into my own style. But I also gain inspiration on being a father from his life as well. I was pumped to read that he is an attachment parent in one of his tweets! If I could say anything to BT it would be “Thank you. Thank you for being real! Thank you for being your true self in the music you create and the life you live.” — Ray Ortiz, BT Family
I had a very rough transition to an actual career. It’s not easy being a graphic designer these days. I threw myself in to my creativity with the help of BT’s inspirational music. I find when I am struggling with a design, his music helps push me to a new level of thinking. I usually find what I’m looking for. — Michele White, BT Family
I am a cancer survivor. During my treatment I was addicted to BTs song “Forget Me” and All Hail The Silence’s “Looking Glass”. Those two songs were my inspiration and helped me through all the hard times. In the future BT is going to be a legend. If EDM artists use BTs music as an influence EDM will live forever. — Melissa Simmons, BT Family
BT’s music is proof that originality, individuality and new directions can be created within a genre of recycled sounds and cliched patterns. BT has changed the woven a whole new tapestry in the field of electronic music and truly made house music progressive. To this day he remains as innovative and fresh as the music in his first album release. Unafraid to take artistic risks and explore new concepts, his music is amongst the best in contemporary music. — Sam Freeman, BT Family
I teach middle school art. One of the projects that I do with the kids is to paint to music. I usually choose music that do not have lyrics and are filled with emotion. Using BT’s music was a natural for me. His music on his first two albums was so rich. It is amazing how kids get into this. I love exposing the kids to music they are unfamiliar with. Although with BT being a part of the Toy Story short “Partysaurus Rex” more kids are exposed to him, and EDM music, than they realize. EDM is music that truly pulls out emotion. If they just step away from the constant thumping and realize that the music is not repetitive and built on cycling layers, it is amazing what they can come up with artistically. — Rob Williams, BT Family
The brain is a mystical and complex piece of the human condition. Psychologists have spent many years and research dollars studying the effect of things like music on the brain. Regardless of the outcome of these studies, this much we know for sure — humans react to music. Whether or not you are a person who listens to music as much as possible during the day (as I do) or if you rarely listen to it, you cannot deny that music elicits change in the nervous system. The most simple comparison is a cat turning its ears at the tiniest of sounds.
Music drives into the brain, into the soul and heart. This can change things like mood, emotions and even create a healing factor. These stories of healing are from people who believe in the power of music to reach deep into the psyche and tear apart the constraints of linear thought and faith. While much of what is played on the radio is entertaining, and many indie groups cross over into soul searching music, there is something special about the music of BT that it affects in ways that even I didn’t imagine before reading some of these inspirational notes from the BT Family.
I just love the idea that I’ve sat there and every dendrite and neuron in my brain was firing and squeezing every ounce of potential out of my brain and then other people out there are doing the same, listening to something that I worked on. It feels really rewarding. I think that’s one of the most rewarding usages I regularly hear of my music. It’s an exciting, exciting thing. — BT
Plagued with depression and questioning my worth, it was “Dark Heart Dawning” and “Circles” that spoke to my aching soul the most. They lifted me up and carried with them the medicine my heart needed. Working as an interpreter, I eagerly and constantly found ways to interpret music for my close deaf friends. Listening to BT with the intent to interpret his genius into another language, a visual language, is life altering. There is a depth and beauty to his music, both with or without lyrics, that drives hard into the soul of the listener. I count it a blessing that I can listen to one of his tracks and interpret the lyrics into a language that feels equally as beautiful as his work. — Michael Scott NIC, BT Family
BT’s music helped me feel like there was a place in the world & that I could be a better person, by overcoming my demons. There is no amount of professional therapy (for me) that could have helped me move forward more than BT. — Sara Tamburello, BT Family
Over the past two decade or so, I’ve gone thru three spine surgeries. I’ve survived getting a paralytic stroke, lung failure and I’ve gotten thru Spinal Kyphosis. BT’s music is the only music that has been my “Lifeline”. It is my mood upper, my pain management therapy. — Lionel Faleiro, BT Family
BT’s music continues to inspire me to keep up the fight against depression and despair when I nearly lose all hope that I’ll ever get the transplant I need so I can regain my freedom from hoses, liquid oxygen tanks and machines. These days I hold tightly to hope, enjoy fully the time with the people who love me, gather the strength to accept whatever comes next and of course rave forever to BT’s music in my heart. — Tahara Dykhuizen, BT Family
I have an emotional tie to BT’s music — much like the emotional connection I feel to a close friend. His albums literally chronicle portions of my life and bring up very powerful memories for me, including the birth of my beautiful daughter. Like all close friends, his songs have seen me laugh and they’ve seen me cry. And it’s for this reason that BT will forever be my favorite musician. — Christina Mullins, BT Family
After my brother passed away, I spent a lot of my time listening to BT. The vast amount of emotion that he puts into everything he creates gave me an anchor, kept me grounded. “Somnambulist” in particular was a meaningful song to me, as it made me realize that despite him no longer being around, simply being loved was more than enough. — Kyle Beck, BT Family
His music saved my life. Simple as that. — Sarah Jane Finch, BT Family
Then it comes full circle. Influence, inspiration and healing together. Robert Foster is an EDM artist based in Puerto Rico. On his way to opening a free school for children to learn about music, Foster will also embrace emerging or advanced artists, welcome to bring a laptop, sit in the rainforest and create music with no concerns over housing fees or otherwise. Ten years ago though, Robert was in a hospital bed, struggling with the effects of PTSD. A United States Marine, Robert was faced with the possibility of paralysis and suffered through the accompanying depression, anger, sadness, denial, stress and pain. Armed only with an iPod, Robert found his will to push forward through the music of BT.
“I found a voice and a magic that left me happy, feeling free, motivated and better able to recover or just work around my injury. It has been paramount in my life through healing, furthering my own education in music, eventually creating and performing.” Robert told me via email. He went on, “BT inadvertently gave me a gift of life with his music, I am using every day since then with as much honor to that gift as I can to help others. It is more than just paying forward, freely sharing the Arts with those who normally face obstacles to enjoy it is a concept that could change a world. However, even if I don’t change the world, I am sure going to make my little corner of it and the people I come into contact with shine brighter. As I listen and learn from BT through various media feeds, I see how gracious he is to other artists and friends. He just doesn’t hold his hand out to help you up the ladder of life, he will happily push you above even where he sits, if it is in his ability to do so. I have also adopted this model and enlightenment into my own work and I go to bed each night satisfied I did the best with what I have been given.”
Currently, BT has one of Robert’s Purple Heart Medals in a case in his home studio. A constant reminder of the reach and emotion that his music creates. No matter how we feel at any point in the day, in our sometimes mundane lives, the music that BT puts forth with energy, emotion and pure creative artistry stresses the human condition above all. The universe is a vast and seemingly empty place, yet here we all are. The most valuable thing we have is our connections to each other. The music of BT is a daily reminder of that.
Above any possession or social status, I treasure the human interaction the most. — Robert Foster, U.S. Marine, BT Family
The BT Family is massive. The quotes in this story are from self-identifying members of the BT Family. BT’s connection to his fans is simply legendary and he never misses an opportunity to share in the emotion and resonating aura of his music. In this Facebook post, the BT Family came alive with personal stories and anecdotes for this article. While every one is appreciated, there were only a few that I could use to craft this epic story of music, healing and inspiration. A sincere thanks to everyone that emailed, posted on Facebook or spoke out on Twitter. Special thanks to Krissy for expediting photo selection and helping select BT Family quotes from Facebook. Thanks to Lacy for the amazing pictures and being awesome. Finally, thanks to Brian for once again taking an afternoon to talk about music and letting me write about it, even though I didn’t use the entire interview. You can pick up the modern masterpiece that is A Song Across Wires now via Amazon or iTunes and don’t forget to follow BT on Twitter.