- Brazilian Wood co-Director/co-Producer/Leading Man, Bill Wetherill.
I like to keep busy. That’s why I am
dominating barely surviving a month-long “move to my new house/sell real estate/hire a new assistant/make my first feature film” marathon. It’s been…busy.
Given my packed schedule, I haven’t had much time to explore my new stomping ground – Downtown Mesa. It’s awesome with lots of cool shops, the new light rail, and many friendly folks. Seriously, I know approximately 5 times the number of neighbors I knew after 4 years in my old ‘hood.
But today, I successfully multi-layered my schedule so I could check out some of the downtown hangouts. I had coffee at Lo-Fi with Alyssa, my new assistant, then scored lunch with co-Director/co-Producer/Leading Man, Bill. Not just lunch, but a Brazilian Wood movie-planning, photo-touring adventure so we could plan for our some upcoming shoot days while I get a little practice on my Canon.
So it makes perfect sense the we ended up at Mesa music mecca, Milano Music, in search of Owen Bryant’s Rosewood guitar with an Ipe neck. Because that’s what Owen Bryant plays in Brazilian Wood!
And speaking of 5th grade, can you say saxophone?
If you haven’t been to Milano’s, you don’t know what you are missing. Pretty much anyone with a kid in 5th-6th grade who lives within 10 miles (or more!) of Milano’s has probably had the pleasure of renting a sax and picking up the years issue of music sheets for band class. Seriously…they have been in business since 1946! Come on! That’s a long time.
- Lots of guitars…
- Now, where are the left-handed guitars, because Owen is, of course, a lefty…
We all know that the cool kids played sax in the grade school band, right? So maybe Owen should be a sax player…well, that might work if we can find a wooden saxophone.
Brazilian Wood is the strongest wood on the planet. The guitar represents that inner strength that can only be destroyed by intense heat, as in deep-rooted anger. Somehow that sax suggests a different analogy, bong hits and black shades perhaps. That is so not Owen.
So we headed over the guitar section…which is massive! And started looking for the left-handed guitars because Owen is naturally a lefty. Milano’s has every kind of guitar you can imagine…even a special room for the fancy guitars – Owen is a beginner so we were looking for a budget-friendly instrument. Banjo? No…Ukelele? Uh uh…
- Lots and lots of bongos!
- And more Bongos!
Then suddenly, there they were…the Bongos! Lots and lots of bongos…Big ones, small ones, plain ones, fancy ones.
Makes sense doesn’t it? A bongo is the perfect instrument for Owen…a beautiful polished wood bongo combines the symbolic strength and beauty of the guitar, with the hip, counter-culture sex appeal of the sax.
Come on, that’s probably why Matthew McConaughey is a bongo-player.
And if it’s good enough to Matthew McConaughey, it’s gotta be good enough for Owen Bryant
- Next stop…Open Mic night!
Script change! Next stop…Open Mic Night!