CONVERSATIONS FTA - BONNIE KOLOC October 22, 2013
Since arriving on the Chicago music scene in the late 60’s, Bonnie Koloc has established herself as one of our most gifted and beloved singers, songwriters and visual artists.
On October 22nd, 2013, as Monroe Anderson and Ed prepared for the Chicago Conversations PBS television program on Old Town School, Bonnie Koloc joined a live edition of the show at the Hubbard Inn in which she discussed her extraordinary career, the challenges she faced with recording companies and includes an acapella performance of Amelia Earhart's Last Flight.
You can listen to the entire Conversations podcast HERE.
Bonnie Koloc on where she finds inspiration:
“From everywhere … because I’m very eclectic. I love lots of different things. I love classical music … I love jazz … I like anything that’s honest and true. I was very eclectic from day one and also had a voice that didn’t want to do one thing. I loved to use all of the colors of the voice and all the things that the voice could do. I’m really interested in music that is from the heart and honest.”
On the power of music:
“I truly believe in the healing thing of music. I believe that music is for everyone, not just people who might be born with a very good voice … it’s for all of us … Music helps us heal from all the bad stuff in our life and helps us celebrate that which is good.”
The importance of arts education:
“It’s a different way of thinking … it’s called creative thinking … solving problems in a different way. That’s why to be completely educated, to have a complete education, you have to have the arts in our school. Plus it saves a lot of the kids who, like myself, didn’t fit in or have to deal with all kinds of craziness in their life and can’t concentrate on the straight facts, but can learn through expressing how they feel and who they are.”
Watch Chicago Conversations PBS Special on
Old Town School of Folk Music "Music for Everyone."
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