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, a number of these tables are taking place in flames. Brickman, nevertheless, wasn’t going to sit down idly by, gleefully tickling the ivories at house in Cleveland whereas theaters collected mud or completely closed.
So got here the creation of “Consolation & Pleasure from House” — 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 therefore most 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 variety to me previously, welcoming and supporting me,” mentioned Brickman, squeezing a 20-minute telephone chat in Tuesday afternoon.
“I felt we must always do one thing in flip to attempt to assist 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 seeking to placed on a present about “extra group and extra particular to Vacaville and surrounding areas.”
Apart from the $40 dwell digital live performance ticket, followers can go for a $75 ticket that features live performance, “Zoom Room” interplay with Brickman, and a “stocking filled with Christmas presents delivered to the doorstep” or a $125 ticket that features all the above plus an after-show get together with the star.
“I needed it to be distinctive and replicate as near doable what the (actual live performance) expertise is like from begin to end,” mentioned Brickman, who, not in contrast to principally 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 dwell in a studio two miles from house.
“It’s actually an exquisite, inventive setting,” Brickman mentioned. “It’s a ravishing set. I needed to duplicate what it’s wish to go to the theater.”
The established order has been a man in his lounge delivering a COVID-19 live performance, Brickman famous.
“A lot of it proper now could be, ‘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 house 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 ravishing set and me speaking on to you makes it much less apologetic and extra on goal. The tone isn’t, ‘I’m so sorry it must be this fashion.’ I believe everyone knows that. I needed to really feel it’s on goal we’re doing this. Right here’s an opportunity to see my fingers 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 desires the tone of his concert events “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 searching for an escape, even when it’s only for one evening.
“The factor about my music — pandemic or not — the aim is to calm and loosen up and encourage and escape,” he mentioned. “That occurs to be one thing that persons are searching for now, however that’s what I do anyway. There’s extra of a need for it due to the anxiousness degree.”
Brickman mentioned he by no means sits down and performs merely to attempt to assist himself loosen up.
“Primarily, 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 getting ready for this “digital tour,” Brickman mentioned he did ask “Alexa” to play Jim Brickman Christmas music.
“I needed to know if there have been any songs I forgot to play,” he mentioned. “And I did overlook my model of Jingle Bells.”
Wherever one is watching and listening throughout December, it’s principally about Christmas or winter nostalgia, Brickman says.
“I grew up in Cleveland the place it was snowing very often,” he mentioned. “Every time it snows, it takes you to that place. I believe rather a lot about my dad taking me sledding and a number of the sensation open air. I believe all of us take 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 evening 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 Wonderful Kreskin.
A typical consideration amongst most of the stars? What occurs after stardom.
“We speak about 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.
“Individuals are profitable as a result of they take a look at the worth on the menu,” he mentioned, believing success “doesn’t change who you’re on the core. You’re all the time the identical.”
To take a look at Jim Brickman’s “Consolation & Pleasure from House” tour schedule — together with the Dec. 10 present benefitting the Vacaville Performing Arts Theatre — go to jimbrickman.com/tour/