Thursday, February 15, 2007

Interview with John Ondrasik: Five for Fighting

John Ondrasik, the singer of the band, Five for Fighting, is an amazing artist not just for his terrific music, but for his ability to take a risk and (gasp!) actually write songs that are pro-American. He talks with us today about how he made it in the music business, his new album, Two Lights, (get it here from iTunes) and how he felt when his song, Superman (It's not Easy), became the anthem after the September 11th attacks. Superman is just one of the songs from his first album, America Town, that is appreciative of this country.

If you typically do not listen to podcasts, listen to this one just to hear some samples of the wonderful songs John has written such as Two Lights, The Riddle, World, Freedom Never Cries and 100 years--a song you probably know from the JP Morgan Chase commercial. You can visit John's new charity website at

You can listen directly -- no downloads needed -- by going here and clicking on the gray Flash player. You can download the file directly by clicking right here. You can get a lo-fi version suitable for download by going here and selecting lo-fi. And, of course, you can get a free subscription via iTunes -- and you should!

This podcast is sponsored by Volvo automobiles at



Blogger Jake said...

Wow, what a great interview. Who knew that John Ondrasik was such an amazing guy? (I suppose a lot of people, but not me.) I just went back and listened to some of his music that has been buried in my i-tunes for years, and all those 9/11 emotions came rushing back. But better, it's nice to know that his follow on music is so positive and inspiring. Thanks for letting us know.

3:18 PM, February 15, 2007  
Blogger Troy Stephens said...

Thanks for another very interesting interview! I hope the publicity will help Ondrasik sell more "records" (not that it sounds like he needs that much help). I somehow wasn't familiar with his music before, but after the podcast went straight to the iTunes store and bought the Two Lights album. (What a nice tip of the hat to Victor Davis Hanson.) It's so heartening to hear a lyricist with a deep appreciation of freedom and a positive take on contemporary America for a change. I wish him all the best, and look forward to more, always interesting episodes from you and Glenn! Thanks so much!!

1:54 AM, February 17, 2007  
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