“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.” - Henry Walden "Thoreau"
Here’s a popular truism about extraordinarily talented musicians: They begin as child prodigies and then blossom into their full artistry as young adults. Think composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, cellist Yo-Yo Ma or fictional character August Rush. Real-life jazz singer/pianist Lindsey Brier took another path, resulting in the release of his extraordinary album, Easy Love.
Brier didn’t even think seriously about becoming a jazz musician until he was 25 years old. Life, as they say, kept getting in the way.
Growing up in a hyper-critical family in Denver, Lindsey never really felt at ease in his own skin. He didn’t participate in the regular activities most kids would enjoy. He didn’t play sports and didn’t go to the prom. Interestingly, no one in his family had an iota of musical talent.
Awkward became worse when at 21 years old he began showing signs of a mental breakdown. By 23, he was clinically agoraphobic, meaning he couldn’t stand to go into crowds or a public place without having an anxiety attack. Self-medicating in an attempt to become “normal," he became addicted to painkillers and soon was in and out of mental institutions and on the verge of suicide.
While living in Los Angeles, Lindsey enrolled in the Dick Grove School Of Music. He was eventually expelled because he couldn’t read music and had no formal training. The school suggested he take a starter class to get him up to speed for entry into the regular program. Originally hoping to study guitar, he quickly found a love for the piano and jazz and decided to take up piano and music theory at the age of 25.
But Lindsey was still in personal turmoil. Hiding his illness from his new wife finally cost him a divorce. He moved back to Denver, threw himself into self-taught piano studies and began playing local jazz gigs. Still, as he recalls, he was on the brink of total mental collapse.
Then, as fate would have it, he began to turn the corner with his mental illness with the help of a new doctor and a new person he had just met in his life, Tonya, a southern belle from Georgia. Now here was someone he could finally tell his secrets to. Within four months of meeting her, they impetuously eloped to Hawaii. Nine years later, Lindsey is a happily married man and father. Easy Love is about that redemption and joy that everyone wishes for, and Lindsey finally got.