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20 November 1961, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Brickman is a pianist who has surprised many during his increasingly successful career, and the basis for any understanding of him is a recognition of the simplicity of his ideas and execution. His reinstatement of a classic pop sound is at odds with his background in classical music, but his studies of composition and performance were always compromised by his love of popular music while at the Cleveland Institute Of Music. As he recalls: Thats what came naturally to me, pop songwriting.
Brickman launched a career as a commercial jingle writer while still cloistered in the campus dormitory. After despatching demo tapes to various New York advertising agencies, Brickman won high-profile commissions from, among others, Jim Henson and Henson Associates, consequently writing a good deal of music for The Muppets and Hensons Childrens Television Workshop. His jingles also...