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Barb Kronau-Sorensen at Crabtree Nature Center for Lullaby Concert
Barb Kronau-Sorensen Performing at Crabtree Nature Center for Lullaby Concert 2015

Thursday,November 15, 2018

Time is flying by! Seems schools just started and October happened so quickly and now it's already November and I just performed for the Norwegian Heritage Festival in Palatine, and now I'"'m already thinking of Christmas, and yet.. it's still 1.5 months away! LOL! Yes, the website is getting pretty little decorations added to it for the holidays. As I was decorating the office, it dawned on me that my Online office, perhaps could use some holiday cheer as well. Hope you like it.

I am I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving and want to let you know how very grateful I am that I have come to know you and that you come to my shows and enjoy them! Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!, Barb


Friday, October 5, 2018

Wow! What a busy season this has been! I have been running seems like non-stop...from the bi-weekly Lullaby Concerts at Camp Reinberg, to the Reinberg Rocks/Party For The Preserves Concert last weekend, and now the Halloween Techno Zombie Geo Cache Hunt! coming up on Otober 27, followed up by the Norwegian Heritage Fest concert coming up November 11, and of course I am already preparing for the Community Christmas Concert Series in December. I've enjoyed working with the interns from the summer and have learned a lot! The final lullaby concert is coming up on October 17 and the weather couldn't be better! It's beautiful and sunny and warm with clear skies and the leaves turning colors, the bugs have dissipated from the heavy spring rains, and the sweet musk aroma from the grass turning to hay and the browning leaves fills the days. I hope you are all going outside a lot while the weather lasts. I grew a bunch of pumpkins in my garden this summer and was watching them get really big over the summer. I decided I would wait one more week before harvesting them. Then as I went to retrieve it I found out a squirrel had hollowed one of them out already. Argh! I was grateful he left the other ones alone. I gathered up the ones that were not half eaten by the squirrel and cut them up for delicious pumpkin spice recipes. The one that got hollowed out... I must admit that squirrel did a great job of cutting a perfectly round circle and cleaning out the insides for me! So all I had to do was cut the top off for a lid, and insert a candle, and cut out two eyes. LOL! Thanks Mr. Squirrel! It meant I didn't have to clean out the icky insides myself! LOL! Hope he enjoyed the meal :) . Well, that's all I have for today. I hope you all have a wonderful day. Till next time! Barb

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Hi, I hope you're all well. I have been enjoying watching the numbers of the dates every morning when I write in my journal. Today it's 9/18/2018. Fun math things to play with there.

Speaking of Math, I have been diligently putting together the new Mathamusic(tm) class packages for spring 2019. If you know of any families with kids who might like to play in math a bit, let them know that the 6 week Mathamusic(tm) classes begin in January. I will post more information here and on the Mathamusic(tm) website when it becomes available.

About concerts... yes! We have three more lullaby concerts coming up at Camp Reinberg in Palatine. Sept 19th (that's tomorrow!), October 3, and October 17th. These are not for kids only. We have beautiful elegantly decorated picnic table seating as well as casual lawn seating available. It's a one hour concert featuring traditional multicultural lullabies in their native languages with tidbits of history and interesting stories. I also present a few of my own original lullabies. Hope you can make it. The concerts begin at 7:30 pm and take place at the Pavilion stage in Camp Reinberg. Hope to see you there!

I have also been invited to perform at the Party For The Preserves! celebration on Sat. September 29th in Deer Grove East Forest Preserve Pavilion Stage. I will be presenting my original pop/rock on acoustic guitar. Deer Grove is celebrating being the first preserve in the Cook County Forest Preserve District, as well as 70,000 acres of public land in honor of National Public Lands Day. My concert takes place between 2:00 and 5:30pm in teh Deer Grove East pavilion stage. Deer Grove Forest Preserve is located at 1599 Pepper Tree Dr, Palatine, IL 60067

This has been a super busy year and we have worked hard and diligently behind the scenes to bring you some quality concerts and events.

Speaking of events....... the 4th annual Halloween Techno Zombie Geo Cache Hunt! takes place on Saturday October 27th. Starting location is the west end of the building at 330 W. Colfax Palatine, IL . 60067. Tickets are available in advance at this link.

I hope you have a wonderful September! Sincerely, Barb
Wednesday, August 15, 2018.

I hope you are all enjoying your summer this year. The weather here in the midwest in Palatine, IL has been awesome! I have been singing and playing at the beautiful classical styled Lullaby concerts every other Wednesday at Camp Reinberg in Palatine. I have also been working with a fresh group of interns from local highschools, gardening at the office, and in between I even took a week off for a mini vacation! Lol!!! That's the way to do it! I also have been riding my bicycle all over the place and working on a few art projects. I have been inspired and bitten by the "art project" bug after seeing "makers faires" pop up all over the place. I wrote another song and presented it at Cornfest, and as usual.. ate ALOT! of corn! :). The next lullaby concert is coming up in a week and I'm looking forward to it. We are working on some digital fun to add to the concert for the audience. I will be tinkering with it a bit more over the weekend. Hopefully we'll have it ready in time. Either way, I hope you have a wonderful day today and I hope to see you at a show soon.

Peace,

Barb


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Wow summer is really here! My cucumber plants are growing up the side of the office and taking over. yay! My garden melons are all over the place. They loved all this rain we have been getting. And the corn is finally catching up a bit. I think it missed the sun during the rain so it is a bit behind schedule. Am hoping for an extended growing season this year. Meanwhile.. while I am waiting for my gardens to grow, I have been busily putting together some fun events and concerts for you to enjoy. Here is a link to the concerts and events coming up. . I hope to see you all there. It's sunny outside today so I am riding my bike and lovin! it! I hope you all have a great day! Peace, Barb


Tuesday, March 27, 2018.

Hmmm. What can I say i's been a busy few months. The Catlow concert in December was awesome! thanks to everyone for coming out and singing along! The videos are still being sorted and edited and will be posted as soon as they are ready. Then it was into a ast and furious 3 months for booking season and rehearsals and behinds the scnes work on stage clothes/costumes for reenactments, gathering advertising psonsors for the shows and events, and preparing tiur routings etc...Not all the contracts iare in yet, so if you are watching for the tour dates for this year... it will be a little longer before we can post them. Have worked on a few more Norwegian songs. ANd am currently in HR hiring mode for the new team this year. I actualyl enjoy interviewing folks to get to know them and am amazed at their skills! wow!This is a fun year already! Hope you're all having a great day. WIll post again as soon as a I can. Peace, Barb


Monday, December 4, 2017

Wow! It's already December 4th! Happy St. Barbara's Day! Growing up with my German heritage, we celebrated this like a birthday. Lots of awesome presents! It is also said that if you cut the branch of a cherry tree and put it in water in the house, then it will be blooming by Christmas eve. My mom tried it one year and it worked!.

I am super excited this month for all the creative stuff going on behind the scenes and in front of the scenes. Dec. 8th is the first Christmas concert of the annual Community Christmas Concert Series in the Northwest surburbs of metropolitan Chicago. It takes place at St. John's Church in Algonquin. Click here for more info. Then on December 14th is MUSE Live! - the show about arts, artists, and the creative process. From delicious home Cheesemaking with garden troubador Mark Lyons, to rock music by midwest original artists The Dystopians, and comedian extraordinaire/actor Philip Earl Johnson - a.k.a Moonie! Moonies has performed all over the states and if you have ever seen one of his shows, you will know that feeling of... "jeesh I wish I could do that and get paid for it!" all the while peeing in your pants for laughing so hard at his antics. I have enjoyed being in the audience at his shows, and now have the incredible honor to have him as a guest on MUSE Live! Please come to the show on December 14th. You won't want to miss this! Something hilariously mischievous is bound to happen!

And in between all the behind the scenes parperwork, phone calls, practioce sessions, and errands, I have been writing new songs and sewing the costume for the Christmas concerts. My old dirndl dress needed a few updates and I thought I would make a brand new one. You'll get to see it if you come to the St John's concert. I am also super grateful for the weather being so nice and warm this time of year still. I enjoy riding my bike all over town with the smell of leaves, warm autumn breeze, sunshine and Christmas decorations. How much better can it get?! I hope you all have a lovely day and I am looking forward to seeing you soon at a show.

Peace, Barb


Monday, November 27, 2017.

There are -226 days until the Walpurgisnacht Spring Celebration and Concert.

Well, I'ts been nearly a month since I have posted to my blog. Yikes! Lots has been going on behind the scenes. Lots of good things! We had a wonderful MUSE Live! show for November which featured Zack Busch a spoken weord poetry artist, and Andrew Kline the freak of magic. We also had a wonderfu author Mr. Lacetar who spoke about his self publishing experiences and how creativity comes about and what it is and where it comes from. The audience was fascinated! Thank you to all !

We have also been booking concerts fro December's annual Community Christmas Concert series and practicing for the annual Catlo CHristmas concert, and also booking new tours for 2018 and 2019. Wow! Lots going on . Special shout out to my assistant Megan for keeping up with me and occasionally outdoing me on the speed of bookings. Nice job! And of course,, the holidays like Thanksgiving came aroudn and I just couldn't resist baking a few goodies and eating alittle more than I probhably shoul dhave. but thats' for another story when Ig et to teh gym. In teh meanwhile.. it's back to the PC, updating the I.T., working obookings and preparing fro CHristmas. I wish you all a wonderful day and hope to see you at my concerts and new MUSE Live! show coming up on December 14th 7pm. Peace, Barb


Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

There are -226 days until the Walpurgisnacht Spring Celebration and Concert.

My show MUSE Live! is being rebroadcast on Harper College Radio Statoin today at 9pm and again tomorrow 9am WHCM 88.3 FM in the Palatine, IL area ( northwest suburbs of mertropolitan Chicago). If you'd like to listen on line to it, click here: WHCM online. Thank you to the wonderful sponsor who helped make it possible - A&A Autobody Repair Shop in Palatine, Dr. Pyzik Palatine Chiropractor, Bill's Grove Florist, Mariano's Grocery store in Palatine. To learn more about teh show click here:MUSE Live! . The next episode for MUSE Live! is on October 19th. I hope you all have a wonderful day! Peace, Barb


Saturday, September 23, 2017.

There are -226 days until the Walpurgisnacht Spring Celebration and Concert.

I took some time this weekend to have a little fun and go to the Rotary Club's annual Oktoberfest! Yummy! Check out these photos of the delicious food. I found Edelweiss Deli joined forces with the Kookers Deli to be able to still bring the famous delicious German delicacies they are known for the to the festival. Thank you Lali! Edelweiss closed this year and the entire area was sad to see them go as they have been a staple for German food in the area for over 30 years.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

There are -226 days until the Walpurgisnacht Spring Celebration and Concert.

We had a great time last Thursday at the MUSE Live! gala Grand Premiere! Thanks to everyone who came out for an incredible show with Frosty Locks and Splinter from Texas, Gail Wells from Woodstock IL, Cheryl Calderon from Elk Grove Village and a surprise guest Elsie from Palatine who sang some wonderful songs for us. Thank you to the Chamber Director - Steve Gauss for helping us with the ribbon cutting! And especially thank you to Harper College Radio Station for the diligent effort in bringing the show live to the public, and a super special thank you to the Grand CInema in the Grand Twin Lakes for providing such a lovely space to hold the show. My focus is now shifting to the next episode for MUSE Live! on October 19th, The Norwegian Heritage Fest in November, and the Comunity Christmas Concert Series in December. I hope you all have a lovely day, and I hope to see you soon at a concert! Peace, Barb


Thursday, September 7, 2017 part A

Hi. It'is been quite uneventful here lately and I am grateful for that. Have been super busy putting things together behind the scenes. MUSE Live! The show about arts, artists and the creative process is coming together nicely. Frosty Locks and Splinter are in town busily recording their new CD and rehearsing for the MUSE Live! gala Grand Premiere on September 14th. I've been lucky enough to spend some time with them as they came into town this week. Showed them around town a little bit and enjoyed the conversations. Am getting ready for the big benefit concert at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat in Stockton, IL this Sunday September 10th at 2:30 pm. Things are hopping around here which means I need to keep this blog short for today. I hope you are all having a beautiful fun day! Peace, Barb

Thursday, September 7, 2017 part B

There are -226 days until the Walpurgisnacht Spring Celebration and Concert.

Hey, I hope you can all make it to the benefit concert this Sunday at Christ In The Wilderness Retreat in Stockton, IL on Sunday Sept 10th, 2:30 pm. Bring a chair, bring your favorite smelling bug spray and I'll provide the music and refreshments. There's also a firepit there and s'mores. Yum! Barb

Tuesday, August 29, 2017.

Hi, things are really starting to churn up back here. It's been a long seemingly slow performance year as we've been working feverishly behind the scenes to bring you some extra special productions this year. Finally, I am able to get back to the stage again. This past weekend I performed for the annual Battle of Morseville Civil War re-enactment in Stockton, IL. Awesome show! This was one of the busiest years yet. Thank you to everyone who came out to the show. Thank you also to those who drove 2 or more hours just to see the show and the concert! I was happy to see you all! Next up on the burner is the benefit concert for Christ in the Wilderness in Stockton, IL. on Sunday September 10th, 2:30 pm. It's an outdoor concert in the woods. Bring a chair and your favorite smelling bug spray. I'll provide the entertainment and refreshments. Tickets are available here. I hop you have a wonderful day! Peace, Barb


Saturday, August 8, 2017.

There are -226 days until the Walpurgisnacht Spring Celebration and Concert.

What a fun time we had at Cornfest this year! Wow! Thank you all for playing with me in teh Corn eating contest and the quiz. And for making the concert so much fun! Here is the link to the photo gallery where you can see some of the images from the event. See you all next year again! Peace, Barb


>Monday, July 24, 2017.

Wow! What a weekend! LOL. Santa came and I was up till 3am unloading the truck and getting the office put back together. I had a blast performing for folks and the Arlingtons were awesome as usual in their presentation! You can read more about it and see some of the pictures at this link. Thank you to the wonderful sponsors

Monday, July 24, 2017 Part B

Santa Came! Ho Ho Ho! Saturday was the "All Things Christmas" - Christmas in July event in Palatine! We had a blast! At least I know I did, and from the feedback from others, I know they did too! One lady stopped by on her way to work in the evening and wondered what we were up to. She thought it was a dream she was having because everything was so beautifully decorated and we had a wonderful atmosphere with music and food. Here is the link to the photos of the event. It was 3am by the time I got back to the office and had the truck unloaded and cou focus on going home to get some sleep. LOL I think I slept till about 11:30 am the next morning. I am glad the weekend is over with and I can get back to enjoying rpacticing music and preparing for the next big event which is the Cornfest concert in Rolling Meadows on August 5th. Tickets are available at the gate. Get a dinner - brat or burger, salad, potatoes, watermelon, and ALL YOU CAN EAT CORN! Fresh from the farm! The concert starts at 5:30pm. It's a lot of fun and I hope you can make it! It's their 61st anniversary this year! See you there! Peace, and I hope you have a great day! Barb


Monday, July 24, 2017 Part A

Thank you! To everyone who came out to support the new MUSE Live! by dining at Photo's Hotdogs yesterday. Thank you also to the donors at the concert. I appreciate your support for MUSE Live! A special thank you shout out to Steve who drove alllllll the way from Dekalb, IL for the concert (1.5 hour drive)! Thank you! I am honored and it was nice to see you again. Best wishes on your travels! Thanks also to Tara and Don and Palatine Chiropractor Dr. Pyzik, and Hannah the new production assistant. I will find out from Photo's, hopefully tonight, how much we raised for the show and post it here when I have received the check. We are also planning a few more fundraisers for MUSE Live. I will update you here and on my social media pages. AND... if you would like to make a donation to the new MUSE Live! and sign the wall sheet which will hang in the gala Grand Premiere opening of the show on September 14th, please send a check to Emerald City Music Productions, Inc. P.O. Box 126, Palatine, IL 60078, or you can contact me at muselive.us@gmail.com for more details and sponsorship/advertiser package information. I wish for you all a wonderful weekend! Peace, Barb


Friday, July 14, 2017.


Thursday, July 13, 2017.

Thank you! To everyone who came out to support the new MUSE Live! by dining at Photo's Hotdogs yesterday. Thank you also to the donors at the concert. I appreciate your support for MUSE Live! A special thank you shout out to Steve who drove alllllll the way from Dekalb, IL for the concert (1.5 hour drive)! Thank you! I am honored and it was nice to see you again. Best wishes on your travels! Thanks also to Tara and Don and Palatine Chiropractor Dr. Pyzik, and Hannah the new production assistant. I will find out from Photo's, hopefully tonight, how much we raised for the show and post it here when I have received the check. We are also planning a few more fundraisers for MUSE Live. I will update you here and on my social media pages. AND... if you would like to make a donation to the new MUSE Live! and sign the wall sheet which will hang in the gala Grand Premiere opening of the show on September 14th, please send a check to Emerald City Music Productions, Inc. P.O. Box 126, Palatine, IL 60078, or you can contact me at muselive.us@gmail.com for more details and sponsorship/advertiser package information. I wish for you all a wonderful weekend! Peace, Barb



July 06, 2017.

Wow! it's July! Happy 4th! I had a blast dressing up as a zombie for the 4th of July Parade in Palatine. We handed out leaflets and baggies from teh Chamber of Commerce for the big 3rd annual Hallowen Techno Zombie Geo Cache Hunt! on October 28th. Nothing like mixing up the holidays a bit! LOL! Here is a link to the photos. Now it's back to serious preparations for the MUSE Live! Fundraiser at Photo's Hotdogs this coming Wednesday, July 12th. When you dine at Photo's between 10:30 AM and 9:00 PM and tell the clerk you want 25% of the purchase price to go to MUSE Live! we get it! yay!! And, every donor gets to add their name to the sheet which we will hang at the MUSE Live! gala Grand Premiere Opening on September 14th. AND..."wait there's more!".... at 7:00PM on July 12th I am giving a special Thank You! concert for everyone. So come out and join us. It's NOT a school night! It's Summertime! yay!!!!


June 19, 2017.

I am so happy that the weather has lightened up a little bit from the oppressive heat earlier this month. The flowers I planted are starting to bloom and the concerts and events are coming together nicely. I just dropped off 7 different leaflets at the Chamber of Commerce for the different upcoming concerts and events in the area. So, if you come to the Palatine Parade on Saturday July 1st, at 11 am, you get a free goody bag from the chamber as we march along. The bags are filled with not only my leaflets but swag from all the other local businesses. They do a really nice job. Here is the link to the concerts and events coming up. You can purchase tickets here as well: Click here. Personally I have been riding my bike a lot and loving the weather! There is something that just so thrills the little kid inside of me still about riding through water puddles and seeing the trail it leaves behind, hearing the "sssssss" sound of the wheels running through the water, feeling the wind speed in my hair and keeping me cool, getting tons of exercise especially on windy days with resistance training. And of course.. banking the bike left and right as I turn the corners I feel like Mario Andretti on a bicycle LOL!

June 5, 2017.

Wow! It's June already! I am totally enjoying this weather! Have been riding my bike all over town, busily booking concerts and working on the special events this year.

On September 10th I am also giving a special fundraising concert for Christ in the Wilderness in Stockton, IL. I hope you can make it. Tickets are available here. The concert is an early concert at 2:30 so that folks from the city can make it too.

The Annual Halloween Techno Zombie Geo Cache Hunt! is shaping up nicely. For more info on that event and to purchase tickets click here

Christmas in July is also shaping up to be a ton of fun!. Vendors, shopping, live entertainment, and Santa Claus!!! Click here for more info

And.. I am super grateful to the new interns this year who are helping pull everything together! Yay!!! Thank you so much to Hannah, Jobeth, HHH marketing, Lauren and more to come! :)

MUSE LIVE! The popular public access television show I produced between 1996 and 2004 is coming back LIVE! The first show kicks off on September 14th, 7pm at the Grand Cinema in the Grant at Twin Lakes. It's going to be a Grand Re-Opening of the show! A Grand time for all! How many more takes on the word Grand can I think of? LOL!!! I hope you can all make it... be sure to bring the grandparents, grandkids, etc.. LOL. Click here for more info and tickets

The Community Christmas Concert Series in December is already taking bookings. If you have a venue and woudl like to have a Christmas concert there, please contact us. Click here to send us a note

Well that is it for today. I am sitting here with my new intern Hannah showing her how to update things on the website. And we have tons more to do. Talk to you soon I hope you all have a great day! Peace, Barb


May 2, 2017.

Time sure seems to fly when you're having fun! I had been tinkering around on and off on an art installation I wanted to put on the front wall at my office space in my "spare" time to take my mind off of "work". A project for that rainy day weekend hobby. Then out of the blue a local village offered a small stipend to artists for special projects. So I submitted the idea. I am keeping my fingers crossed that it comes through. That would be a fun thing to do! :)

In the meanwhile, I have also been busily booking concerts and working on business plans for various projects and tours. Tweaking things a bit. Am still hustling to get those contaracts in so I can tell you all when and where I will be playing. Thanks for keeping on and asking me. I would love to tell you but until those are in my hand, I can't say a word. Fear not. I will post the announcements here and on the email blasts. I hope you all have a great day! Peace, Barb


April 18, 2017.

Wow! I had a great time last night! Spent 4 hours at the Palatine Chamber of Comerce YEA shark tank in Palatine. (YEA is the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. The student I mentored won first place and received twice as much as he had asked for and now gets to go to Rochester, NY for the national cmpetition and win a scholarship for school! Congratulations Gabe! Thank you to the Chamber for asking me to be a part of this. I had a fun time all year!


April 15, 2017.

Oh, it's tax season... everyone is super busy around here doing their taxes. I am taking the easy way out this year since I am swamped with booking season, preparing for the tour, and also that big special event "Halloween Techno Zombie Geo Cache Hunt! 2017" in Palatine.

I am really grateful that I am so organized. I know exactly where all those receipts are that still need to be entered by Autumn. LOL!


April 13, 2017.

I am super busy right now. Have been working on practicing some more for the upcoming tours, updating this darned website, scheduling concertds and travel arrangements. Have also been working with a few new folks like Jackson the new booking agent, and Anthony Deering an awesome new photographer. I enjoyed playing "dress up Barbie Doll" as we went through different outfits for various events and concerts. I am also really enjoying this spring weather. Yay!!! I put all my plants outside to get some sunshine... and it's been grey since then LOL! Say la Vie! :) . Well, I have to run, just wanted to try out this new blog on my website. It might not be the final rendition, but for now I am happy it is working. Yes, the Wordpress blog is still functional, we are working on integrating it into this website. Thanks for your patience with rebuilding it. Peace, Barb

Fun Questions!


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.


23+
Year's of Touring
7+
CDs released
Lots!
Happy Music Fans

Feedback & Quotes

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


Jeff Videographer

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

5 stars - Sensuous and Romantic Acoustic Pop/Rock Fun!

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".


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