Interview: Kara Olin
In her interview, this week’s Expert, Kara Olin said: “To me living a 3eb lifestyle means keeping the love and appreciation of their music alive.” And the way Kara keeps the band’s music alive is passing along the love of Third Eye Blind’s music to her children and hooping. [If you don’t know what that is - and I didn’t - we have video!]
Third Eye Blind fans are all ages and some are brand new and some have been there since day one. How long have you been "in the blind”?
KARA OLIN: I’ve been listening to Third Eye Blind since the beginning. I was 10 or 11 when I first heard Semi-Charmed Life on the radio. My sister is two years older than me, so she got the tape. I was a middle schooler then, so I probably did my fair share of rollerskating to the album. Back then it was catchy songs, but as I grew up I really heard and felt the lyrics.
Do you or have you created any Third Eye Blind inspired art or writing?
KO: I’ve created my own kind of art to various Third Eye Blind songs. I express myself creatively on my aerial hoop. There’s more thought and time that go into my little hoop sequences than one might think. I need to really feel a song to be able to find my movements, and Third Eye Blind really brings emotions to life through their lyrical imagery. Stephan sings with a lot of emotion and just brings the words to life.
If you could only listen to one song by Third Eye Blind for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?
KO: If I could listen to one song for the rest of my life, it would be Motorcycle Drive By. I just find the song to be really powerful and I love how Stephan creates such clear stories and images through his words. This is also my 4 year old daughter’s favorite 3EB song, though she refers to it as, “Sun in My Eyes.” :)
What is your favorite interaction with the band and why?
KO: I haven’t had any interactions with the band, but Brad has “liked” some of my aerial hoop videos to their music on instagram… I nerded out a bit. This means he watched me appreciating his music and creating from what he helped create… kinda cool ;)
What does living a “3eb Lifestyle” mean to you?
KO: To me, living a 3eb lifestyle means keeping the love and appreciation of their music alive. To me personally, that’s not just by buying their albums; it’s also using the connection you’ve found to their music to enhance your life and the lives of others. Using my aerial hoop is my “free time.” I’m a wife, mother of 2, and a business owner. Dancing on my hoop is my time to express myself creatively, and feel free of life’s stresses. It’s a time to feed my soul through music and dance so that I can be the best version of myself for my family and I. There aren't many musicians I can think of that I’ve been listening to for 20 years and still want to see play live, support their newer projects and want to get my kids listening to. There’s a reason they have such a strong, dedicated following after all this time.