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It is rainy and cold today. I am starting off with the weather report as I have learned that when I am in a good place physically then I can get to the rest of my life better. Thus I enjoyed the snowfall on Monday, the sunny weather Tuesday, the grey day Wednesday, the warm fog on Thursday and yes, I even am grateful for this drizzly cold weather today. Everything is muddy on the farm. On the surface that would seem a miserable day to most folks I know. And truly... I am not that unique that I don't see it that way myself sometimes. But for today, I am happy. I feel cozy in a warm place inside, I have my projects to work on, my tools at hand, delicious home made soup and chilli on the stove, 2 puppies at my feet, and am feeling grateful.
The corn is almost all cut down by the local area farmers and I love looking out over the fields as I drive by. I love seeing the ground again after a wonderful summer. The fields now contain short nubs of corn stocks where the corn has been harvested revealing the dark rich earth against a light blue sunny sky, with dark winter clouds in the distance, and red orange and yellow maple trees lining the edges of the fields. It's easy to look down on the ground and gert lost in it's various shades of grey from the morning frosts, and then as if on wings, I am lifted back up again to the sky by the next field of tall sunlit corn I pass by, which has not yet been harvested. A good reminder that not everything changes on the same time scale as it can online with one single click. Today I am working on my websites and updating them, got a bunch of phone calls to make, emails to send, concerts to book and tours to plan.
And speaking of concerts - my next concert is at the Cary Winter Farmer's Market in Crystal Lake, IL on November 1st, 2020 for the grand opening of the winter market. I am giving 1/2 hour concerts at the top of each hour starting at 10am and going until 1pm. I hope you come by and enjoy some of my older songs as well as hear some of my newer music.
I will also have a booth there for my Farm Art. I have seedlings for CDs (hostas, to help keep the funds for my CD project flowing), artist supplies (washed feathers), and the popular Critter Masks.
I am still accepting orders between now and the end of November for Critter Masks, and the new one-of-a-kind Gold Tipped Rooster Toe Nail pendants and necklaces. These are one of kind with gold leaf and 24K gold chain. If you are interested in ordering one, please visit my new store online at this link. Orders need to be in by November 31st 5pm if you want them in time for Christmas.
The Cary Winter Farmer's Market is inside the Algonquin Township Building #6 located at 3702 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL.
Hello Friends in IL, WI , IN, IA, and MI! and the USA.
Let’s turn challenge into opportunity!
You can have live backyard concerts by Barb Sorensen this summer! Outside! And safe!
Well...in your yard! Or driveway? or Barn? or Farm Field? or Outdoor Theater? or Cave? or Stadium? etc...
Yes. Barb will come to your yard? Yes.
How? She has a drivers license! She lives in Illinois - locally!
If you would like to discuss a safe, socially distanced modified Barb Sorensen Concert in your yard or, if you own one, a big stadium, just for you and your family and maybe a few friends!
Send me a message here on my contact page.
I have a few scheduled already.
Hopefully next year, faires, events, venues, and theaters will be back. When that happens this opportunity will NOT be possible. Until then...
Challenge is only opportunity in disguise!
I am also still making progress on the Farm Art CD. I have lots of goodies I am adding on there besides music.. It's taking me a little while to raise the funds to speed up the process due to COVID. But it is coming along. Thanks for your continued patience and support. I am finding much inspiration on my friends farms these days. I think you will enjoy the music. My estimate is for a December release. If you would like to make a donation to the CD please visit my Paypal Page. Thank you!.
Tickets are available for my upcoming events at this link. I am selling them at the Cary Farmer's Market Farmer's Market Sunday mornings 9am till 1pm through the winter, and online, send me an email and I can get these items out to you right away. I am already working on booking venues for the annual Community Christmas Concert Series in December, and pop rock concerts venues for 2021. I am excited and busy. Here is a list of the upcoming events you can buy tickets to:
If you are a business owner and interested in being a part of these concerts and events as advertising sponsors, please send me a message. I hope you come by the market booth and say hello!
Thank you to my sponsor - Christ Lutheran Church in Palatine for helping bring the Community Christmas Concert Series to you this year. I hope you are all well and staying healthy, getting plenty of sunshine, and being creative! See you soon!, Peace, Barb
Thank you to the most wonderful sponsors who are helping to bring all of this year's concerts, events, projects and shows to you. Please remember to visit them and thank them with a purchase.
What is the furthest you have toured?: Furthest west is Alaska and Hawaii, furthest east is Berlin Germany, furthest north is Barrow Alaska, furthest south is Dallas Texas
How do you do what you do?: Balancing work, pleasure, play, fun, creativity, practice, networking
How many songs have you written?: I have written a few hundred. Not all have been recorded.
Do you have any pets?: I have two acquariums with snails, and one terrarium I am preparing for neon tetras
Did you have to go to school to be a musicians?: The kind of musician I am, included a college degree in Chemistry. For myself, I learned that it wasn't just about a higher more challenging use of my brain via education, but about learning to travel amidst many types of circles. A musicians meets all kinds of interesting and fascinating characters on the road.
Susan Galvez Fan
"If you have not heard Barb singing a lullaby in German or yodeling for a king, give your ears and mind a treat and see Barb in concert" ....... those are some of my favorites songs!"...Susan Galvez. Palatine, Illinois
Barb’s engaging songs draw people in. Her audience often joins her in joy filled sing-alongs. Barb is also an excellent story teller, she tells amazing facts about her songs in a highly entertaining ways. Barb Sorensen has a vast range and sings in German and English She sings early American and German Folk Songs along with modern Pop Rock and Kids Lullaby’s. Barb’s informal friendly approachable joyous style is perfect for family gatherings in a park, Historical Re-enactments, and all sizes [sic] concert settings. Heinz Thiel
Kim Parent of Barb's Music class student
She Looks Up To You. Thank you so much for keeping us informed of your career. Gretchen almost cried when she heard your "Snowflake" song! Honest!! She just looks up to you and always has. Kim, United States - 15 January 2006
Joyce & Tony Fans
"My husband and I have been to several of Barb's concerts. We are very impressed with her songwriting abilities and her enthusiasm for performing. Barb loves singing and playing her guitar, and it shows!" - Joyce and Tony T., Downers Grove, Illinois
Keith Fort / Director Screamfest B96 Chicago Entertainment Producer
"Barb is very creative, extremely hardworking, willing to go far above and beyond the norm. Her transformation as an actress was stunning and a wonder to behold. She was always one of the first to offer her time and talents to help promote the show, and I endorse her heartily. Thanks, Barb! and Keep rockin'!"
Neal Reynolds Fan//Author
It's well past midnight as I write this and I can't stop listening to acoustic pop/rock singer/songwriter Barb Kronau-Sorensen's CD "Walk That Mile"! It has that rare quality where the songs are both immediately pleasing to the ear and catchy, yet don't wear out their welcome upon repeated hearings. In fact, upon each listen the songs become even more aesthetically pleasing, while one develops a deeper appreciation of the melodies, instrumentation, and extra layers and levels of meaning to the lyrics. I can't decide if my favorite song is "The Sound of Your Soul" or "Because I Am" -- I like the overall sensuous, Caribbean feel and emotion of "Soul" the best, yet I can't resist the unexpected melodic variations and vocal stylings of the last two and a half lines of each verse of the rockin' "Because I am". "Because I Am" vividly conveys the singer's delight at her formerly stick-in-tne-mud lover's unexpected romantic revival -- which has happily turned her into his fool as well. "The Sound of Your Soul" combines the musical styles of lite jazz and Jamaican music to set a warm, loving mood... a wash of sound that magically conveys the depth of the love the singer feels for her love, as she basks in the glow and feels ever closer to, almost one with, his soul. The CD opens with the infectiously catchy instrumentation of the pop rock song "Walk That Mile", wherein the singer tells of the lesson she has learned, that she has to follow her own path, not those others would choose for her. A familiar lesson perhaps, but one seldom conveyed with as much feel, strength, and good 'ol fashioned rock 'n roll fun than it is here. In fact, from the moment the song begins it is clear that this entire CD is a fully professional quality work of art, from the highly skilled playing and singing to the crisp high fidelity recording with absolutely no background noise -- an impeccable job all the way around. The fourth song on the CD, the catchy dance club style "Possessive Obsession", breaks somewhat with Sorensen's acoustic tradition by using techno-pop studio tricks and electronics -- to good effect. And it's interesting to hear a story of a woman being possessed by love for a change, as we have a tendency to think of obsessive love as a purely male phenomenon. Also unexpected for an independent label is how fully professional the packaging and graphic design of the CD is, with the inclusion of lyrics and several lovely and festive photographs of the singer, whose beautiful voice is matched only by her visual beauty. Anyone who has had the good fortune to have seen one of this very intelligent singer/songwriter's beautiful, energetic (and downright fun!) concerts knows that she has an incredible wealth of original material -- so my only complaint is that only a few them have been recorded so far. Let us hope she gets another CD released soon. In the meantime, if you're looking for a wonderful musical pickup during the winter doldrums (or any time), something that is both romantic, fun, and insightful, I can't recommend a better CD than Barb Sorensen's "Walk That Mile".
440 W. Colfax Ave., Unit 126, Palatine, US 60078