Tuesday, February 1st, 2011
Brian D: I met Brian Thiessen through his Dad Johnny singing with my Dad Harry as part of a gospel quartet called the Ambassadors in the early 70’s. That means that us two Brians have been friends for almost 40 years. I carry the blame for his ‘T’ moniker because we were both named Brian in a season when it was one of those popular names!
Brian T: What comes to my mind is the initial meeting as I remember it. As a family, we pulled into the Doerksen’s yard, this was either 1970 or 1971. Not knowing what to expect, my first contact with Brian D. was him running down the hill towards me, didn’t even say hello, just imploring me to hurry up ‘cause we needed to get to the neighbors’ go-kart before his brother, Al, and my brothers got there. I didn’t even think twice but ran after to see what could be so important. That was the beginning, from my memory, and now 40 years later, I’m still trying to keep up.
Brian D: I can’t really imagine my life or my music without him. He is a faithful friend with a gentle spirit and healing in his hands. I have never heard another guitar player who can convey so much emotion through an electric guitar. Which is kind of a puzzler when you consider his gift and what he does outside of music to feed his flock of 5 children. On an almost daily basis, he pounds nails on a roof – narrowly missing what I deem to be some of the most valuable fingers on the planet! (If he lost his ability to play guitar with me, it would be a loss beyond measure to me and all who listen to my music!).
Brian T: It’s been an unbelievable ride, from tree forts and motorbikes, to dreaming big as high school rockers, to exploring the depths of worship, and now to taking it in a whole new direction…….what in the world could be next…whatever it is, I’ll do whatever I can to help out my lifelong friend.