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I remember, sometime in the late 80’s, going with my dad to Radio Shack to purchase my first CD player. They were the “big new thing” and I just had to have one! Not longer after that purchase, I joined a CD music club (ending several years of membership in a record club!). One of the first CD’s that I ordered was Michael Bolton’s Soul Provider. Over the years, my CD collection has grown and my tastes in music have changed. There have been several times when I’ve done a “clean out” and taken a stack of CD’s to the thrift store. However, through it all, Soul Provider still remains. Why? Because there’s just something special and comfortable about Michael’s music.
So, when I was given the opportunity to get a sneak peek at Michael’s new autobiography – The Soul of It All – I went for it. I like Michael and his music, but I really didn’t know much about him as a person. I was anxious to learn more about him.
After four decades in the music industry, Michael Bolton has become one the most successful musicians of our time. THE SOUL OF IT ALL is his backstage pass into his life lived thus far-into the venues, busses, limos, and hotel rooms of stardom, and finally into his home and heart. His story will go long and dive deep, not only into his self-proclaimed “vagabond vampire” life, but also into the belly of the beast that is the music industry, with its joys, follies, and torments.
From a 14 year old kid performing in dive bars in his hometown of New Haven, CT, to struggling to provide for his wife and kids, to finally breaking through with the Soul Provider album, and going on to sell more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide, Bolton has fought for and earned a life most just dream of. THE SOUL OF IT ALL is his life, chock-full of all the incredible stories, and the star-studded cast you’d expect, including: Luciano Pavarotti, Paula Abdul, Cher, Bob Dylan, Barbara Streisand, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, Bon Jovi, Wynonna Judd, BB King, Patti LaBelle, Carlos Santana, Nicolette Sheridan, Teri Hatcher and others…
I really enjoyed this book and reading Michael’s story. He was open and honest. His life wasn’t always easy. In fact, he had to go through a lot of challenges and overcome large obstacles to get to where he is today. At one point, after many attempts at released a rock album that would be a success, he turned to singing jingles and writing songs for other artists. Michael says “As they say, ‘Men plan. God laughs.” How true those words are! I’ve seen them played out in my own life time and time again! It’s often not until we resign ourselves to something else that He moves.
Another quote that struck me was this: “As sappy as it may sound, you just can’t ever give up on your passion, because sometimes a simple adjustment in your approach or a change in circumstances can produce a dramatic transformation.” I don’t think this is a sappy sentiment at all. Michael is a true inspiration to those of us who are trying to live out our dreams.
I don’t want to give away the book. If you’re a fan of Michael Bolton’s, I’d encourage you to read it. I’m sure you’ll learn things about Michael that you didn’t know before. I know I did. I’ll just end with one last quote that really struck a cord with me (pun intended):
“We each have our own journey. Life brings trials, tribulations, and challenges to us all. Nothing great comes without challenge. It’s not just surviving the battles that determines our character, it’s persevering with dignity, with grace, and with kindness. That can be the hardest thing to do, of course. The power of the human spirit is manifested when we rise above our hardships and discover what we are truly made of.”
NOTE: I received a complimentary, advanced reader’s copy of the above book in exchange to my sharing about it on my blog. This post contains affiliate links.