A few words about T.K. Bollinger
Thomas K. Bollinger is a real musician. A real artist. His soul and sadness, his life and burdens are out there in the open for all to see. He has been making music since the early 90s, performing and releasing material with various bands and projects. His current musical outfit is a doom blues group, T.K. Bollinger & That Sinking Feeling.
1. What do you see in your dreams?
Reflections of my hopes and insecurities. Last night I saw and was a lego character, but that’s only because I watched the Lego movie with my daughter the night before. As for my dreams of what the world could be like, I see people who want to accept and own their frailties and mistakes and are not afraid to admit they have weaknesses.
2. What is the most important thing in life?
3. When alone, do you talk to yourself? If so, what do you talk about?
I don’t usually talk to myself aloud. I tend to do that in my own head. It’s usually telling myself to let things go. Old painful memories. Feelings of shame. Though most of the time I drown those things out by singing. Either aloud or in my head. I’m very partial to earworms.
4. How is this world going to end?
That is an interesting question. I think the main thing that intrigues me is the word “this”. If by “this” you mean the physical planet, that’s something totally out of my control. Science and religion tend to agree on this, though, and says it will end in fire/be swallowed by the sun. If by “this” you mean life, or society, or perhaps, more particularly, the human world, I think it is not so much likely to ever end, but change. Which is what has always happened. Life finds a way to mutate and survive. What I am more interested in, though, is the personal world. And that’s something that will end, for everyone. No matter how much we try and ignore it, or speculate on life extension and becoming virtual entities. Or even hope for heaven or an afterlife. I think it’s something, we as humans, and particularly in the west, are afraid to face. As a result it is a huge cause of suffering to us as individuals, and to the wider world, as we prance around in ugly displays of denial. But to answer your question, I must say that I am blissfully ignorant of how my world, in particular, will end. While I’m happy to stay that way, I do like to remind myself regularly that one day it will. Just so I’m not dragged down to hell kicking and screaming.
5. Why do music?
It brings me great pleasure as well as meaning. And I feel I’m pretty good at it, though not as good as some. Music and creation is my lifeblood. Without it I would be even more miserable than I come across in my songs. It’s also the way I connect with others. It gives me something to talk about, and I am blessed with people around me who want to make and share their music with me. That’s something very precious to have.