Editors note: Jim Brehnolts passed away in 2009 but I'm leaving this bio up on the site as a memorial to all the reviews that he contributed to Ambient Visions over the years. Jim you will indeed be missed.
My name is Jim Brenholts.
Hello to all ambient/space/electronic music fans! And thank
you, Michael Foster, for the opportunity to meet you!
Whenever I write my own bio, I
am hesitant to do so. My humility (I hope and pray that I have
some!) and ego (I know that I have that in large quantities!) are in
constant conflict. So, I write it like I write reviews. I
just put the pencil on the paper and trust that God will guide my hand!
I am a native of Pittsburgh,
PA, having been born here on March 4, 1956 (3/4/56 - cool!). I
have never seen fit to stray beyond the boundaries of southwestern
Pennsylvania except for vacations and business trips. After
graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1974, I took a
circuitous path through college and graduated from the University of
Pittsburgh (where else?) in 1981 with a B.S. in business
administration. After graduation, I held various sales, sales
management and sales training positions until 1987.
After several family tragedies
(including my own divorce) in 1987, I became a management
consultant. I stayed in that career through 1994. At
times I prospered and at times I floundered. I always persevered!
My greatest turning points,
however, have been my introduction to 12-step recovery in January of
1988 and my marriage to Linda on July 29, 1989. Those events
have led - directly and indirectly - to my current position as a drug
and alcohol rehabilitation counselor at Gateway Rehab Center.
After earning a certificate in counseling at Carlow College I started
working at GRC on June 5, 1995.
My electronic music journeys
began in the early 1970's with Tangerine Dream, Brian Eno, Robert
Fripp, Kraftwerk, Jean Michel Jarre and - of course! - Tonto's
Expanding HeadBand. The irony of the whole journey is my intro
to the music. I used to listen to electronic music as a
background to misguided indiscretions and my futile attempts at mind
expansion. In short, I missed the boat completely!
Those of you who have come to
know me, either through electronic or personal communication or
through reading my reviews, know that I now take a completely
different approach in my deep listening. I absolutely embrace
the spiritual and emotional currents of the music and I look for ways
to connect with the artists! It is a very rewarding practice.
Have a great day and God bless you!