If you're missing the musical family gene, there's still hope for all you would-be sensationally romantic piano players out there. That's what Jim Brickman, "America's romantic piano sensation" whose CDs are top sellers, admitted Thursday night.
"My parents had no talent," he clarified to the crowd.
And what did Brickman do when he got off the plane at LAX, headed into the men's room and heard his music playing amidst the stalls? Nothing, he said, but it showed him how many places his tunes are played beyond YouTube, or his fan cruise and PBS specials.
Anecdotes like those were one of many enjoyable aspects of Brickman's Thursday night concert with the Pacific Symphony in Costa Mesa's Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall. Brickman kept the listeners entertained and laughing when not playing his CD hits, which are usually in the adult contemporary realm.