Eddie Brummet, who performs under the pseudonym EdWord in my Pocket, is the type of singer/songwriter with the ability to instantly captivate anyone in earshot, regardless of their musical preferences. Her striking vocals run the choral gamut; she shifts from a deep, near-whisper croon to a strong, passionate bellow in a moments notice. Although Eddie’s self-taught guitar skills are refined and her playing is simply beautiful, it is her voice that demands the attention of onlookers and listeners.
Without a doubt, she is the best singer/songwriter in this city that you’ve never heard or seen before. But that’s okay. This weekend she’s releasing her independent debut album. Twice.
Saturday May 22nd at 3 p.m. Eddie will perform an interactive, all ages pre-release show on the patio of Starbucks at Southport & Gray Rd on Indy’s southside. Sunday night she’ll play for the 21+ crowd at the official release party inside of Birdy's (71st & Keystone) at 9 pm.
Below, a sneak peak at the album through Eddie’s own words.
What’s the title of your upcoming release and where did it come from?
Gypsy Summer Road. Why? I'm a motha fuckin' gypsy. *laughs* Not really. But born a nomad? Yes. A recent realization and understanding of this is what has inspired the title. My entire life I’ve tried to be a color I wasn’t- metaphorically speaking that is (I’m one of those limited edition Crayola crayons… like Sunny-Side-Up Mango Orange or something like that). *laughs* Taking my music to the road this summer is symbolic of this realization; the realization that I don’t belong in a 24 box crayon set. I belong wherever the wind may take me. This is where it’s taken me thus far, and though I’ve stopped many times in the past, hesitation and fear no longer abide. Gyspy Summer Road will be the first of many lines this crayon noticeably draws.
Will it be a full album or an EP?
I consider this a full album. There are 12 tracks. The first six are originals, while the last six are various covers of some of my favorite songs that I often play on stage.
When and how did you start to learn guitar?
I began to learn double bass when I was ten and played that for eight years. I tired to pick up a guitar multiple times in high school but my fingers couldn’t grasp the concept of so many strings or how to hold a pick or how to hold my fingers down at the same time to create a chord. After high school I attended a school in Texas where my dormmate and I decided to learn each others instruments. She wanted to learn bass and I still wanted to learn guitar. My fingers got it that day and are still continually familiarizing themselves with the feel and vibrations, patterns and harmonics, bass lines, rythms, and melodies that little six-stringed instrument offers.
Have you always known you had a remarkable voice? When did you realize you have something that people want to listen to?
Maybe I started really gettin’ it about a year ago. I’ve always been in some type of entertainment or music, but I never remember being encouraged to seriously pursue anything with it. [As a child,] I was always told to be quiet, so I was. I listened to notes and songs and sang by myself all the time. I remember one day quietly strumming and singing in the hallway of the dormitory I lived in. I knew people could hear me, but I didn’t think anyone was really paying attention. I felt the presence of someone come quietly around the corner and say "Was that you? I thought that was a CD, or the radio." That was the beginning of me understanding that not only do I want to bring all of this art, music, and emotion to the table for everyone to eat up… but that people actually enjoy all of that which I bring… and really do want to eat it up.
What are some of the major milestones in your musical career?
I think there have been three.
The first was when I decided to pursue music as my main objective rather than film. After two years of developing the storyline and characters, and working with a nearly-full cast and crew, production for a long-short I wrote called "Borrowed Time" was terminated due to lack of funds and equipment. Quality filmmaking requires quality equipment which requires a bit more than a little six stringed piece of wood and some extra wind. The film fell through, and although I didn’t have a camera, I did have a guitar.
The second was last fall when one of my old managers, who’s been around the block a few times so to speak when it comes to local and Midwest entertainment, firmly told me this: "Move to California. You’ll make more money there than you ever will here or any other place like this. You have what it takes; now go and make something of yourself before it’s too late." After which we began brainstorming on how to get me and my music out of Indy by age twenty-five.
The third was this past winter at the Ugly Monkey. After going to the Acoustic Challenge Competition in support of a friend, I was encouraged to sign up and play as well. Three weeks later I approached the stage with the bit of original music and stage experience I had. Through feedback from the judges and a response from listeners I had never expected, I’ve been able to step onto stage more comfortably and confidently.
What’s your favorite thing about performing?
The energy and interaction with the crowd. I was born for it, and I feel it every time I’m up on stage.
What’s your favorite thing about music in general?
It’s universal. It reaches and communicates and connects no matter the barrier. My favorite is kids and music mixed together.
What’s stuck on repeat in your iPod right now?
By iPod, do you mean the little music player in my head? Good. Otherwise I’ve got nothin’. *laughs* But they’re clear as day: “Eve of Destruction” by Barry Mcguire and “I Sold My Soul” by Kelsey Montanez.
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