Jim Brickman’s “Soothe” project is emotional journey


By Chris Bavender

220px-JBrickman_FSTourPhotoGrammy-nominated songwriter and best-selling author Jim Brickman returns to Indianapolis

April 28 for a book and CD signing event for his latest release – Soothe – How to Find Calm Amid Everyday Chaos.

Brickman will be at the Barnes & Noble at The Shops at River Crossing at 6 p.m.

Soothe follows Brickman’s journey to create calming moments in his life. The idea for the book came from his weekly radio show, Your Weekend with Jim Brickman.

“I have the opportunity to interview professionals on soothing every aspect of life from yoga and Feng Shui to healthy eating, relaxation and meditation.  I thought, if I can gain something from these lessons, I’m sure other people can too,” Brickman said. “So, I turned my journal into a book and am happy to share pointers that worked for me and even some that didn’t. I found that it’s important to find your own path.”

For Brickman, the project was a sort of “life rehab.”

“My fans always assumed I was a chilled-out kind of guy because of the music I write. But I’m pretty much the opposite. I’ve always been a stress junkie. I thrived on it,” Brickman said. “Everyone around me would tell me to slow down and find some time for myself. I always felt that people who took time off to relax were lazy.”

That all changed when he had to undergo an MRI on his knee.

“The medical technician wanted to play calming music for me so I didn’t freak out during the test. It was my music! I’d never listened to my songs to mellow out. There’s always a first,” Brickman said. “Wow, it actually made me feel good. I was suddenly a little jealous of my fans because they’ve been telling me about this for years! I realized that feeling soothed was not a bad thing, and maybe I should consider it more often.”

Writing the book didn’t hold too many surprises for Brickman.

“Because I’d written a few other books. But this one was very personal. I had to take a very honest look at myself. I was writing about my family and my life,” he said. “Re-living some of those moments growing up was hard, but looking back on them as an adult, it really brought some clarity as well as emotional release. I finally understood how and why I needed to make changes in my life.”

The evening will also include a Question & Answer session, autograph signing with photo op, and a private performance.


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