John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting

“Music brings us together like no other medium can.”

Welcome John Ondrasik

We’re joined on the Starline by a hockey fan that loves to sing. He’s working with the Tullman family office for the “Music Matters Challenge” which offers a winner $10,000 and the opportunity to pick a music teacher to win three years of salary. We welcome the Grammy nominated John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting.

John, let’s go Beyond the Mic. You don’t have to sell me on the importance of a music teacher as my son is about to graduate and become one. How has music changed your life and how do you want it to change others?

Why is music education in danger now and one of the 1st things administrators want to cut?

The Rockin’ 8:

It’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions, answer with the first thing that comes to your mind. There is no Pressure.

1. Last L.A. Kings game you went to live?

2. You know piano, guitar, and harmonica. What instrument have you thought of learning next?

3. Best place on the UCLA campus?

4. Which song you’ve written didn’t get the love you thought it should?

5. You’ve given Ted talks and helped others, but what’s the one thing you just can’t do?

6. Favorite place you’ve done a show at?

7. One person you would like to work with you haven’t done so yet?

8. Will there peace in your time?

Sneaking in a couple more:

John, tell me about the teacher, other than your mother, that changed your life?

Why does music touch your soul?

One Big Question:

The music industry has changed since you began and you’ve changed the way you approach it. How has music changed for the better and the worse since you’ve started?

How can people get information about the Music Matters Challenge?

The Wrap:

His mom made him play Tony in West Side Story, wanted to play sax and wants you to take part of the Music Matters Challenge. John Ondrasik thanks for taking the time to talk with us today.

And that my friends is a Beyond the Mic Short Cut.

Listen to other Beyond the Mic Conversations with musicians here.

Find out more about the Music Matters Challenge here.

Check out John at his website here.

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