"Acting is a problem with only more problems and then more problems after that (like life), whereas music is a problem with a solution," he says. "Music is structure. It's math. It's physics. And its about as close to all of those things that I can stand to get, but I love it. Communicating through music is like trying to solve a puzzle, but the beauty is that when you've found the solution, and play it out, you end up with an infinite number of interpretations. 'Dominant to Tonic' is always just that, but it means a lot of things to a lot of different people."
As we negotiate the difficult, intriguing and thrilling process of bringing a new play to life, we run into hidden bumps and snags that have to be solved in a fluid, complicated and collaborative dance. Sharing a drink after one particularly challenging rehearsal, discussing the day's discoveries, Brett turns to me and says, "I'm realizing more and more that acting is about surviving the mess. Nothing is clear cut about the way we feel and the things we want or how we're going to go about getting them. We just do the best we can."
You can watch and listen to recordings of Brett's live performances of his songs. I would start with this one, Song of the Dead Fairy. Then continue your exploration of Brett and his music at his channel on YouTube, by following this link to Soundcloud, and at his website.