Meet the Reviewers of Ambient Visions
Robert Carty and Jim Brenholts at
Jim Brenholts and his wife Linda
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!