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I Have A Dream...

Many of you might recall our very first ActiveRain RainCamp in San Francisco, CA. where the Andersohn's were asked to debut the "Armored Flight" family band. This was our first public appearance ever.  We chose to open with a song specifically for Bob Stewart (one of his favorites) called Eye Of The Tiger.  Well a seed was planted in the "rain" that day which "camped" in the spirit of our youngest son Brandon, and ended up blossoming into an audition that almost landed him on America's Got Talent

Little did we know, our youngest son Brandon had a dream...

We passed all but the fourth and final round of auditions to make it on the show, but the experience and excitement of it all will live on forever in the Andersohn home. Fast forwarding to December of 2010, Brandon has since had his eyes and heart set on saving up his money and one day buying a Joe Satriani signature series JS1200 Ibanez guitar believing that it would produce magic, and combined with his own gifts and talents, would help him to one day achieve his dream...

My wife and I discussed this at length as this is no regular or cheap guitar.  It's a Candy Apple Red absolutely gorgeous piece of wood that has been designed and customized as a signature series instrument by one of Brandon's favorite guitar players in the world.  That's right, Joe Satriani.

It's ironic that it was also in San Francisco, CA at the Guitar Center, where Brandon actually got to meet his guitar hero in person and watch him perform live.  (Here's a video memory of that night)  Well my wife and I broke down and surprised Brandon this Christmas with a gift we hope continues to inspire and motivate him to keep chasing his dream...

Some have called it magical, others say he has special gifts.  He's a child who has a dream.  He practices more than his Dad Blogs which says a lot!  lol~ His passion and goal in life are clearly displayed on the "about" section of his newly added Facebook profile.  We are sooo proud of him!  Now this may or may not be your type of music, but if you watched it from an artists' perspective, we think you'll enjoy the gift that Brandon has given back to us in return.

This is his dream....yes, I Have a Dream...

We encourage him and all kids (and adults) to follow your hearts, believe in yourself, and Dare to dream...




"Learn More. Get More. Do More. Be More."

Comment balloon 40 commentsBrad Andersohn • January 17 2011 04:52PM


Wow, you sound like PROUD PARENTS.....very nice.  He will go far, because HE HAS THAT DREAM.  Can't wait to hear more of his endeavors.  Music makes the world go round.

Posted by Jean Hanley, Specializing in Folks Who Want To Buy/Sell Homes (Coldwell Banker Kivett Teeters) almost 10 years ago

Brad, you and your wife are great parents to Brandon. To allow him to follow his dream of being a great gutairist.  Even if it does not pan out in terms of stardom, it is a great talent that he will retain for the rest of his life.

Posted by Tim and Pam Cash, Real Estate Professionals - Clarksville TN (Crye-Leike (Sango)) almost 10 years ago

There is little doubt that he is a talented musician by listening to this recent video and ones you've posted before.  Dreams come in all shapes, sizes and forms.  The support and love you and your wife give Brandon will help him reach his.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) almost 10 years ago

Brad, I was there at the SF rain camp and was wowed by your family band.

Living your dream - so important. Brandon's a fortunate young man to have already learned that lesson.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 10 years ago

Brandon sounds awesome and you guys should be very proud parents! I think it is so cool that he has found something he is so passionate about at such a young age. Tell Brandon I want back stage passes when he tours Cleveland.

Posted by Dan and Amy Schuman, Luxury Home Specialists (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) almost 10 years ago

Wow Brad, he is amazing! Just watched the video with my own son of that age and he is in awe. He is a drummer that has been thinking of learning guitar too.

Posted by Steve Scheer, Highlands Ranch Real Estate - Denver Real Estate (Realty Oasis - Metro Brokers) almost 10 years ago

Brad, your son is amazing----and totally my kind of music----I think the guitar will be put to great use.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) almost 10 years ago

I like his sound!  I'm a big fan of Stevie Ray Vaughan - he basically taught himself after sneaking into his brother's room and playing around with this guitar.  His passion was legendary and it sounds like your son has the same commitment.

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

Brad - From an old Hack, I am pleased to see MUSIC move forward. Nice fingerboarding. Maybe a new "Slow Hand" in the making. excellent! Perhaps genitics are hard to deny. Cheers

Posted by Claude Cross, Charlotte NC Homes For Sale (Homes By Cross, Inc. ) almost 10 years ago
Brad ~ Yes, be very proud! Both of our children are very musically talented and it always was a joy to listen to all of their achievements ~ piano/voice/oboe/sax/flute/guitar ~ They are adults now 31 and 29 ~ very disciplined, responsible, well - rounded adults ~
Posted by Karen Baker, Professional Help with Rapid Responses... (Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty) almost 10 years ago


Wow!! I'm so impressed!! He is amazing and you are amazing parents to recognize his passion and help him reach his potential!! He has a dream and it will come true!!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) almost 10 years ago

I hate to be redundant and repeat the same thing that everyone else has said... but WOW! 'Nuff said!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 10 years ago
Your son has a wondergul gift, and it's great to hear how you and your wife encourage his passion and his dream. Bravo to the Andersohns!
Posted by Mike & Maria Patakas, Proven, Dedicated Realtors to Serve Your Needs. (Pacific Sotheby's International Realty - Palm Springs, CA) almost 10 years ago

Wow, that is something else! That is one talented son you have there. And that was a great gift you gave him.. one he will not forget.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) almost 10 years ago

Brad, VERY impressive!  I've got no musical skills at all, so admire someone that can do what your son does!  Way to help keep the dream going!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad... Brandon is a remarkable individual and genuinely gifted guitarist.  You and Debra have so very much to be proud of, and I know that you are. 

Posted by Steve Shatsky almost 10 years ago

I was at that First Rain Camp and the kid has a reason to dream -- he's got talent.  Good Job mom and Dad supporting him and his dream.  I'm sure he won't ever forget it.

(Plus now he will never be able to say, "well I would have made it IF you had just bought me that guitar!  LOL)

Hey I've got 5 kids I know how they think.

Posted by Susan Goulding, Northern CA - Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate (Crown Key Realty, Tracy & Mountain House Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

The beautiful piece of art looks like it belongs nowhere else and he will do it justice. He's very talented (coming from a music major) and he has what it takes:)

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) almost 10 years ago

Brad - Brandon is clearly musically gifted, and I really enjoyed the video.  My own son (also Brandon) is newly 12 years old and he is a budding piano prodigy.  Thanks for sharing this, my friend.

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) almost 10 years ago

Way to go Brandon... "you have the touch!"

Posted by Rene Fabre, Marketing in the Digital Age (First American Title) almost 10 years ago

That is one cool guitar Brad.

Good job raising your son. He clearly has talent, hope the video goes viral!



Posted by Denise Hamlin, Broker/Owner, Helping Happy Clients Make Smart Choices (Cardinal Realty ~ 319-400-0268) almost 10 years ago

Hi Brad...One of the best things we can do for our children is to foster their dreams.  There are so many things we can and should do for them and this is one of the very important ones.

Brandon is living his dream.  For him to believe in himself is wonderful.  Having his parents believe in him also is equally wonderful.

I have a young nephew attending Berklee College of Music in Boston and we are so delighted for him that he is able to pursue his dream also.

The wonderful thing about music is that the gift is so inspiring to others as well.  Brandon's gift is his and your gift is Brandon.


Posted by Kate Elim, Realtor 540-226-1964, Selling Homes & Land a (Dockside Realty) almost 10 years ago

Thanks everyone for your comments and words of encouragement.

Brandon just sat with me here and read them all.  It brought tears to his eyes and to his Dad's as well.  Today just seemed the perfect day for a post like this.  In honor of a man who coined the phrase "I have a dream" we hope one day that Brandon can have just a fraction of the impact on the world that Martin Luther King Jr. did. 

Brandon wanted me to personally thank each of you for all your love and support, he's a really great kid. :-)

BTW - The video has only been on Youtube for 1 day and already has quite a few shares on Facebook.

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Brad you have a lot to be proud of. Your son is very talented and I know he will do well. He should just follow his dream.

Posted by Debra Davis, Realtor - Atlanta, Decatur, Snellville, Loganville (Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners) almost 10 years ago

Wow Brad! That's terrific!  I can see why you are so proud of him!  He's a very focused hard worker, just like his old man!  :)

P.S. and that is a good thing!


Posted by Kristal Kraft, Selling Metro Denver Real Estate - 303-589-2022 (Novella Real Estate) almost 10 years ago



Brad ...I know when Brandon gets older and looks back he will REALLY know he has the best Mom and Dad in the world !!!!



Posted by San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country ( almost 10 years ago

WOW! Know that's what I'm talking about! Up beat posts, my favorite. Thanks

Posted by Laura Reilly, Home Sales Realtor - Short Sale Team Member - Redd (Real Living Real Estate Professionals) almost 10 years ago

I remember you wore that America's Got Talent audition bracelet for months and are a wonderful example of a father and because of that Brandon knows he can have dreams and make them come true.

Posted by Kerrie La Guardia, Let it Rain! (ActiveRain, Community Manager) almost 10 years ago
Brad - that is so exciting! It brought tears to my eyes. I wish that I had been so foused as to have had a dream like that when I was 14 years old. May he follow the path to his dream! You are rockstar parents! Every child should be so lucky!
Posted by Robert & Jani Bielenberg, Centennial, Colorado, CRS, GRI,e-PRO (Bielenberg & Associates) almost 10 years ago

WOW!!!  There's an incredible amount of love and support here, thanks you guys for caring and sharing.  :)

@Kerrie - I still have that wrist-band hanging on the wall in our living room, it's on the ukulele stand. lol~

This is really about Brandon and not his awesome parents, although we appreciate all your kind words more than you know, we really want Brandon and kids just like him to have dreams, to truly believe in themselves, and to follow and go where their hearts and spirits lead them.  We can support them, we can even help provide them some directions, but only they can and will ultimately find their way. 

Knowing this inspires and motivates us to do all we can as parents to guide and help them in any and every possible way. 

Long live the children with dreams....

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) almost 10 years ago

Hey Brad you should be very proud.  He's very talented and his passion for sticking with what he loves will take him all the way to realizing his dream!!  Enjoy the ride!

Posted by Sandy Noll, Real Estate Team From Mill Creek to Mercer Island ((RSVP Real Estate) 425.890.0878) almost 10 years ago

Brad - Watch out Julliard, here comes Brandon a truly talented young man.  I really enjoyed his guitar playing and his movements. I'm no musician by all means but I have been around my daughter's private viola lesson and being part of a great Performing Arts High School here.

From your dad playing the piano and you son playing the guitar - please tell your son to never give up when things are against him.

I would never stand in a way of a child's dream for sure and would stand 200% behind.  


Wishing you and your family the best in 2011!

Posted by Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale (Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.) almost 10 years ago

Really enjoyed that Brad.  Your son has talent no doubt. 

I received my degree many years ago in jazz piano and I chased my dream.  I gave up a scholarship to Georgetown University to study piano at a school that had a superb music program and have never looked back. 

My father didn't understand me at the time and didn't support my decision.  It was years before he would understand how important it was to me.  Before my father died I had the wonderful occasion to give him a private concert on my Steinway grand in my living room.  It brings tears to my eyes to think of the joy we shared that day as he sat, closed his eyes and was swept in the music.  

Gotta go - I have to find a Kleenex...

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Dan - OMG!!  That was a wonderful story and comment, I would hope you'd share that story with others! If you do or have, please make sure I get a link to it.  Can you send us some of your music or a link to some videos or something?  My wife and I love jazz, she's even putting together a "Torch" jazzy thing-a-ma-jigger. 

I know there are many that have stories like our.s..  OK, so while we're sitting here sobbing together, I'll let you in on a personal story and secret. (well it ain't no more...)  I always wanted to play music with my father, he's a pianist but he kept his music personal and private from me, we never played together once.  I did capture this video of him playing at his 85th Birthday, but that's the closest I ever got.  I even created a webmorial.  It's sad, but it's life and I love him the same.  I do and will always play music with my kids, maybe just for that childhood reason but also because I really enjoy it.  I think my father missed out on something really special. 

Thanks for sharing my friend, I feel a bit closer to you.... now toss my that tissue.... :) cactus

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago
Brad, how beautiful he makes the guitar sing with emotion.
Posted by Melanie Ross, Benicia CA & Vallejo CA Real Estate, 707-319-2828 (Coldwell Banker Solano Pacific) over 9 years ago

Brad, I watched that video of your father when you posted it a while back and was very moved by it. It is clear your father loved his music and that video is a priceless memory you can cherish. For me, the memory of my father is burned in my mind and I will always have it with me.

I enjoyed listening to the tracks on your webmorial, thanks for sharing. I had no idea of the breadth of musical talent in your family. WOW! Enjoyed listening and reminiscing of the days when I used to do studio work and perform. We have a lot in common Brad.

My wife and I both studied piano at the University of MD, where we met and married as soon as we graduated - 30 years ago. She and I entertained the DC crowd at private functions for many years. We had the occasion to share the stage together only once in our career. That was a night I will never forget. We have shared many years cajoling each other about who is the better singer or player. I think she is; she thinks I am. Boy do I have her fooled!

In case you didn't make the connection, when you were in DC for Raincamp you sat next to me at lunch and shared lunch at our table. It was nice to get to know you that day. I enjoyed Raincamp very much and met many new friends that day. What a good group of people.

Thank you for keeping the dream alive for so many of us here at Activerain. Good luck to you in your new endeavor at Zillow.

Dan Quinn

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate) over 9 years ago

A kid has to have a dream...  And as parents, we may be lucky enough to try to cultivate it and help it grow.  That would be why there are about 7 pairs of hockey skates in this house and only one fits me...

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) over 9 years ago

Thanks Melanie, he really does.  :-)

Dan  - awesome!!  I do remember you from DC RainCamp, hopefully we'll meet up again soon one day. Great photo too!!

Lane - as long as you don't mind us being sharks fans, we can remain friends. lol~  You're a great dad!!


Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago

Brad, I have always admired your parenting when you talk about your kids - and you and your wife have given Brandon a gift that will nurture him for years go come and help him stay busy during his teen years.

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 9 years ago

Frank and Sharon, Thanks!!  "My kids and wife, they are my life!!"  :-)

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) over 9 years ago