“As a songwriter — which is really what I am more than anything — it keeps your songwriting fresh and relevant to the audience ... because it always feel current. So if you're at Target and you see the album, it's not like ‘Oh, yeah, that was that guy from the '90s that played the piano,'” he said.
“In collaborators, I always look for something that is unique to them because you can't be popular as a recording artist or performer if you don't do something that's unique to you. If you're like someone else, you'll always be following instead of leading.”
Although he has scored his share of chart-toppers, including “Valentine,” “Love of My Life,” and “Peace,” Brickman, 51, doesn't think it's the hits that compel fans to buy his albums. From formal wedding ceremonies to laid-back Sunday mornings, he said people tend to use his music as part of the soundtrack of their lives.
“The entire album is played as a background to something to set a mood. And it's not as much about ‘Oh, I love that song, let's play that album,' it's more like ‘I love that style and I love that feeling of the whole thing, let's play that album,'” he said.
“For a bubble bath, a dinner party, romance, trimming the tree, all things that are sort of life moments is how a lot of people use my music. So it tends to be a natural fit to have it be celebrated at Christmastime.”