Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Day with Jim Brickman: The Beautiful Soul Behind Beautiful World

World renowned pop pianist and all around great guy Jim Brickman has produced, in my opinion, one of his greatest projects to date for PBS. It’s called “Beautiful World” and is a musical celebration and collaboration that stunningly showcases the beauty of the world that Jim has absorbed through his travels across the globe. If you haven’t seen it – you must! Jim is bringing the live version of the show to the Sacramento Community Theatre February 17th … the perfect Valentine’s Day Gift!

Recently, Jim, on his own personal time, flew to Sacramento to appear live in our studio on the night “Beautiful World” made its KVIE debut. I picked Jim up at the airport and took him to dinner before our live television interview. Let me tell you - there is something truly special about Jim Brickman. He has this beautifully inspiring outlook on the world and what we as basic humans should do to make this an even more special place, lifting up others in the process. He has spent close to two decades penning and playing some of music’s most treasured moments. Songs like Valentine and The Gift were international chart toppers. CDs titled Hope, Faith, Peace and Grace dazzled crowds and concert lovers. He has sold millions of albums, and when you spend time with Jim, it’s easy to see those moving musical masterpieces come from his heart. What a calling – to live your life to lift up others in a way that only music can do. Jim does this masterfully and movingly. What is your calling? Any situation can be used to inspire.

Jim’s heartfelt dedication to inspirational television and PBS blew me away. As a child, Jim was inspired by musicians on PBS who taught him at an early age that anyone can do anything in life. PBS and KVIE is the only Northern California TV station that purely and purposely dedicates programming to the power to inspire and make this world a better place. That’s why I support PBS, not only as an employee, but financially as a member.

PROGRAMMING NOTE: KVIE is rebroadcasting Beautiful World and Jim Brickman’s interview with Rob Stewart on Saturday, December 5th.