Sunday, January 4, 2004
New York Edie Brickell has a mischievous smile on her face when the singer says she's a little jealous of her children's musical ability.
It's understandable, considering their musical gene pool: Brickell is a platinum-selling artist and their father is Grammy-winning singer-musician Paul Simon.
"When I look at my kids, and the ease with which they pick up music, I wish I had that," she said. "They are amazing musicians already."
In her early 20s, Brickell walked away from the music business to have a family, despite huge success with the New Bohemians. A decade later, she decided she had too many songs lying around.
She recently released "Volcano," an album plucked from her collection amassed while raising her three children, who are now 10, 8 and 5.
The melodies are laid-back, and her lyrics are more worldly than Brickell's New Bohemian days. Her odd turn of phrase is familiar, and she still has an innate ability to tell a good story through song. "Once in a Blue Moon" is tinged with melancholy, and "I'd Be Surprised" has a jazzy edge.
"I really thought I could give it up," she said in an interview with The Associated Press. "But I really love music, and having a creative outlet is really the best thing you can do for yourself."
Brickell, 37, has shiny brown eyes and a warm, friendly voice. This day she's dressed casually, wearing a bright, rainbow-colored scarf. She seems at ease sitting among the amplifiers and microphones in an empty rehearsal studio.
The album on Universal records was produced by fellow Texan Charlie Sexton, who plays lead guitar on the album.
Brickell and the 62-year-old Simon, who have been married 12 years, have never recorded an album together. They're just now talking about putting together a collection of children's songs.