Whereas Jim Brickman’s legion of followers could also be his bread and butter, he by no means forgets the venues that set the desk.
Throughout this hopefully once-in-a-lifetime pandemic, quite a lot of these tables are taking place in flames. Brickman, nonetheless, wasn’t going to sit down idly by, gleefully tickling the ivories at dwelling in Cleveland whereas theaters collected mud or completely closed.
So got here the creation of “Consolation & Pleasure from Residence” — a digital tour of live-streamed performances the place the acclaimed performer wouldn’t solely join with viewers, however elevate much-needed cash to assist preserve venues opened.
On Dec. 10, Brickman performs from his studio, with a part of the proceeds benefitting the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre.
“It’s such a troublesome time for thus lots of the theaters, for everyone, however in my scope and my world, that’s what we do. So many of those theaters have been so type to me up to now, welcoming and supporting me,” mentioned Brickman, squeezing a 20-minute cellphone chat in Tuesday afternoon.
“I felt we must always do one thing in flip to attempt to help the theaters,” Brickman mentioned.
The 59-year-old entertainer, although, didn’t need it to be simply one other recorded present or a live-stream, with no seen communication between artist and fan. Brickman is trying to placed on a present about “extra group and extra particular to Vacaville and surrounding areas.”
Apart from the $40 stay digital live performance ticket, followers can go for a $75 ticket that features live performance, “Zoom Room” interplay with Brickman, and a “stocking stuffed with Christmas presents delivered to the doorstep” or a $125 ticket that features all the above plus an after-show social gathering with the star.
“I wished it to be distinctive and replicate as near attainable what the (actual live performance) expertise is like from begin to end,” mentioned Brickman, who, not in contrast to mainly each musician in America, noticed 2020 excursions evaporate with the pandemic.
But, he takes consolation within the considered probably reaching tens of millions by performing stay in a studio two miles from dwelling.
“It’s actually an exquisite, inventive setting,” Brickman mentioned. “It’s a good looking set. I wished to copy what it’s wish to go to the theater.”
The established order has been a man in his front room delivering a COVID-19 live performance, Brickman famous.
“A lot of it proper now’s, ‘Hey, I’m simply in my home taking part in the guitar from my sofa,’” he mentioned. “I assumed that was OK firstly as a result of it was novel. To me, watching an artist at dwelling simply additional amplified what’s happening on the earth and additional reminds you what’s occurring. To me, if you may get misplaced in a good looking set and me speaking on to you makes it much less apologetic and extra on function. The tone isn’t, ‘I’m so sorry it needs to be this manner.’ I believe everyone knows that. I wished to really feel it’s on function we’re doing this. Right here’s an opportunity to see my palms shut up. You’re by no means this near my face speaking to you. I can see you. I by no means get to see you reside together with your snacks and your sweat pants.”
Brickman has mentioned in a earlier interview that he needs the tone of his live shows “to be light-hearted and joyful. I don’t need anyone to consider something.”
Maybe extra so in the course of the chaos of COVID-19, Brickman says persons are on the lookout for an escape, even when it’s only for one night time.
“The factor about my music — pandemic or not — the aim is to calm and calm down and encourage and escape,” he mentioned. “That occurs to be one thing that persons are on the lookout for now, however that’s what I do anyway. There’s extra of a want for it due to the anxiousness stage.”
Brickman mentioned he by no means sits down and performs merely to attempt to assist himself calm down.
“Basically, as a songwriter, after I sit on the piano, my first thought is to create, to not simply play. To me, taking part in finally ends up being inventive. I by no means sit down and play one thing I’ve written except it’s for a rehearsal or present itself.”
In making ready for this “digital tour,” Brickman mentioned he did ask “Alexa” to play Jim Brickman Christmas music.
“I wished to know if there have been any songs I forgot to play,” he mentioned. “And I did neglect my model of Jingle Bells.”
Wherever one is watching and listening throughout December, it’s largely about Christmas or winter nostalgia, Brickman says.
“I grew up in Cleveland the place it was snowing very often,” he mentioned. “Each time it snows, it takes you to that place. I believe so much about my dad taking me sledding and quite a lot of the sensation outside. I believe all of us have a look at Christmas from the standpoint of the best way we grew up. For those who grew up in California, the standpoint is a unique feeling. It doesn’t imply it’s not acquainted and sacred.”
Even with an intensive digital tour — Brickman’s performances profit roughly 70 venues — he maintains The Jim Brickman Present on radio and, beginning this yr, his Wednesday night time podcast, the inspiring story-based Brickman Bedtime Story.
A tranquil Brickman greets listeners on Bedtime Story, interviews everybody from Christina Aguilera to Practice’s Pat Monahan, Meghan Trainor and The Superb Kreskin.
A typical consideration amongst lots of the stars? What occurs after stardom.
“We discuss mid-career. It’s ‘Now what do I do?’ All of them assume that,” Brickman mentioned.
It was as soon as mentioned that one is aware of she or he made it by not having to have a look at the worth of an merchandise on the menu.
“Persons are profitable as a result of they have a look at the worth on the menu,” he mentioned, believing success “doesn’t change who you might be on the core. You’re at all times the identical.”
To take a look at Jim Brickman’s “Consolation & Pleasure from Residence” tour schedule — together with the Dec. 10 present benefitting the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre — go to jimbrickman.com/tour/