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Edie Brickell
Birth name Edie Arlisa Brickell
Born March 10, 1966 (1966-03-10) (age 43)
Origin Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas, United States
Genres Folk rock
Neo-psychedelia
Pop rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, guitarist
Years active 1985–present
Labels Geffen
Associated acts Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
Website www.ediebrickell.com

Edie Arlisa Brickell (born March 10, 1966) is an American singer-songwriter.

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Life and career

Brickell was born in Oak Cliff, Dallas, Texas. She attended high school at the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts[1] in Dallas, and then attended Southern Methodist University for a year and a half before, in 1985, she made the decision one night in a bar to get up on stage with a local folk rock group, New Bohemians. She joined the band as lead singer and the group became Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. Their 1988 debut album Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars became a critical and commercial success. The band's follow-up album, Ghost of a Dog (1990), did not fare as well.[2] As a solo artist, Brickell released Picture Perfect Morning (1994) and Volcano (2003). In 2006 she reunited with some of the original members of New Bohemians and they released the album Stranger Things.[3]

In late 2007, Brickell and her stepson Harper Simon formed the band The Heavy Circles. They released a single on iTunes entitled "Hands On". The Heavy Circles released a debut album on February 12, 2008, featuring Sean Lennon, Martha Wainwright, and members of Cibo Matto.[4]

Brickell had a role as a folk singer in the 1989 film, Born on the Fourth of July. Her version of Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall" is featured on the film's soundtrack. She also sang a cover version of Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side in the 1990 film Flashback. Her "Good Times" video was included as part of the multimedia samples on the Windows 95 installation CD-ROM.[5]

Her father, Eddie Brickell, "the Fort Worth Southpaw", was posthumously inducted into the Texas State Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1988.[6]

Brickell married singer-songwriter Paul Simon on May 30, 1992.[7] Brickell was performing "What I Am" on NBC's Saturday Night Live on December 8, 1990 when she noticed Simon standing in front of the cameraman. "He made me mess the song up when I looked at him," she said with a smile. "We can show the kids the tape and say, 'Look, that's when we first laid eyes on each other.'"

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References

  1. ^ Larson, J. Louise (2008-02-16). "Dallas performing, visual arts school set for Taste of the Arts". The Dallas Morning News. http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-ocfocus_16met.ART.West.Edition1.45648b9.html. Retrieved 2008-05-01.  
  2. ^ "Edie Brickell". MTV Networks / VH1. http://www.vh1.com/artists/az/brickell_edie/artist.jhtml. Retrieved 2007-11-05.  
  3. ^ David Dye (2006-09-07). "Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: Starting Over". World Cafe. NPR. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5782965. Retrieved 2008-02-10.  
  4. ^ "Brickell Finds New Sound in The Heavy Circles". Weekend Edition Sunday. NPR. 2008-02-10. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18816582. Retrieved 2008-02-10.  
  5. ^ MANES, STEPHEN (1995-08-01). "PERSONAL COMPUTERS; Personal Computers: What Is Windows 95 Really Like?". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=990CE5DB1631F932A3575BC0A963958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=3. Retrieved 2008-10-24.  
  6. ^ "Hall of Fame". Texas State Bowling Association. http://www.texasbowling.com/tsba/hall.htm. Retrieved 2007-11-05.  
  7. ^ Dixon, Ken (2007-04-26). "Music Hall of Fame Proposed for State". Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, CT). Article ID 5761094 (fee required).  

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

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I'm not aware of too many things. I know what I know if you know what I mean.

Edie Brickell (born 10 March 1966) is an American singer-songwriter who became famous with the hit "What I Am" as the lead singer of the folk rock group Edie Brickell & New Bohemians. Wife of Paul Simon.

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  • Sail through the sea of sad faces with love.
    Love. Love for everyone.
    Drift like a little boat on a wave.
    • "Big Day Little Boat" on Edie Brickell & New Bohemians : Ultimate Collection (2002)
In a world religion class, everyone was complicating life and existence by over-thinking... I wanted to be real, not adopt some philosophy or role...
  • He made me mess the song up when I looked at him... We can show the kids the tape and say, "Look, that's when we first laid eyes on each other."
    • Of her performance of "What I Am" on Saturday Night Live, when she noticed Paul Simon standing in front of a cameraman. "Whatever happened to Edie Brickell?" CNN.com (7 January 2004)
  • In a world religion class, everyone was complicating life and existence by over-thinking. I had this sense it's right here, right now. It's who we are and what we feel. It's not this tangled web of psychology and philosophy. I was driving to band practice and started singing that song. I wanted to be real, not adopt some philosophy or role. Instinct is our driving force.

Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars (1988)

What I am is what I am. Are you what you are — or what?
  • I'm not aware of too many things.
    I know what I know if you know what I mean.
    • "What I Am"
  • Philosophy, is the talk on a cereal box.
    Religion, is a smile on a dog.
    • "What I Am"
  • Choke me in the shallow water before I get too deep.
    • "What I Am"
  • What I am is what I am. Are you what you are — or what?
    • "What I Am"
  • The village idiots in her bed
    Never cared that her eyes were red
    Never cared that her brain was dead.
    In the hours that her face was alive
    It was a thing just to be by her side.
    • "Little Miss S."
Maybe you ride a different wave. Maybe you catch another ray of the sun that I've just begun to feel.
  • Wheels keep on turning and turning and turning
    And nothing's disturbing the way they go around.
    • "The Wheel"
  • All your thoughts are in another head.
    Your dreams are sleepin' in a different bed.
    The force that moves you is a circular breath
    of life and death going round and round and round.
    • "The Wheel"
I don't believe in hatred anymore...
  • Maybe you ride a different wave.
    Maybe you catch another ray of the sun
    That I've just begun to feel.
    • "The Wheel"
  • I don't believe in hatred anymore.
    I hate to think of how it felt before
    When anger overwhelms your very soul
    It's hard to realize you'll ever know

    Love like we do.

    • "Love Like We Do"
  • When I'm all alone it's the best way to be.
    When I'm by myself nobody else can say goodbye.

    Everything is temporary anyway.
    When the streets are wet — the colors slip into the sky.
    But I don't know why that means you and I are — that means you and...

    I quit, I give up.
    Nothin's good enough for anybody else, it seems.

    • "Circle"
  • I notice me. I notice you too.
    And there are simple things that we don't even try anymore.

    There's a way out of this.
    Beat the time.
    And every time I turn around
    we got some clever way to put each other down.

    • "Beat The Time"

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