If you go
What: Jeff Brinkman at Boulder Brew and Music Festival
When: 2:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Fox Theatre,1135 13th St., Boulder, 303-443-3399
Cost: $35

Jeff Brinkman has been writing music since he was 13, when he turned a letter to his mother who passed away from cancer into a song. His music today still packs in the emotion, and he uses his talent to help fight cancer. All of the money from sales of his song “I Remember” go straight to a “music-centric” cancer charity called Love, Hope, Strength. The organization will be at Boulder Brew and Music Festival this Saturday, registering bone marrow donors, while Brinkman strums and sings. Brinkman has been playing around Boulder for about two years now, along with his band, Mark Kranjcec, Christian Teele, Mark Diamond, Brian McRae, Chris Engleman. He took some time to talk with the Colorado Daily about writing music, fighting cancer, and making his next album.

Let’s talk about your album, To The Bones.

That’s my first studio album. The next one’s gonna be out in January. That was the big one [recorded in] Boulder with my current set up … It was great, I mean, I took a lot of stuff that I had prior to even moving to Colorado – I had brought all that stuff to the table and we kinda picked through it. Some of it stayed the same or we added other instruments…and I got to work with a bunch of musicians. It was a really cool experience.

You wrote your first song about losing your mother when you were 10, is your writing still influenced by her at all?

I think that kind of shaped a lot of stuff for pretty much my whole life, just the way that I saw the world. Yeah, I’m pretty sure it still touches a little bit of everything. As far as the style — I think a lot of it can be in letter format. I think that [letter] was my first stream of consciousness sort of writing.

Tell me about “I Remember.”

The story behind that was, I wrote that song for a friend of mine who was writing a song for a lady who was dying of cancer and leaving her 10-year-old son behind … It was kind of my reemergence into writing music again … If you download it, all the money goes to Love, Hope, Strength.

It seems like you’re pretty ingrained in the Boulder scene, what keeps you playing here?

The people’s openess to hearing new music. Their dedication when they do hear something that they like, really embracing a musician and showing up to see them. It’s just one of those things, people tend to really – they’re just passionate about it.

What are your plans for the future?

With the next album, we’re trying to get a little bit more of a natural feel. I feel like we’ve evolved so much since the first album. We have so much that we wanna show, I almost think that we’ve outgrown the first album and the next one is going to be a little bit more true to who we are. It’s more true to what we do live.