Pianist Jim Brickman writes the sort of pleasing, unobtrusive melodies you could put on when you're taking a bath, or having a romantic dinner, or unwinding after coming home from work. As he says, written as background music. But when he performs, people in the audience aren't doing anything else. They're just sitting there, watching Jim Brickman, Windham Hill recording artist. In the foreground. That's why onstage Mr. Brickman doesn't just sit down at the piano and play songs from his albums.
From his elevated position, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Jonathan D. Ward is able to assess the readiness of each of his fatigue-clad troops.