Read sections of the book as subjects talk about their experiences and share compelling stories.

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Meet the Subjects

From teenagers to a federal judge, people from a wide range of ages and professions all weigh in on soul.

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Press Kit

For members of the media, check out the details about the book and the author David Bloom.

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What is Soul? on WGN Radio

Check out the latest interview with author David Bloom and WGN Radio Host Rick Kogan, as they discuss What Is Soul?

It Starts with a Single Question…

Philosophers often ask important questions, and the new book What Is Soul? follows suit. Iconic music educator David Bloom uses this question to throw a wide lens on the word “soul.”

Culling over thirty interviews for juicy insights, memorable stories and perspectives, Bloom asks the questions, and the majority of the book is in the voice of the interviewees, including the author/radio host Studs Terkel, activist/entertainer Oscar Brown Jr., and creative professionals ranging from a chef to a flamenco dancer.  Featuring people with diverse life experiences, the book contains a variety of answers from a philosophy professor, a psychiatrist, a federal judge, musicians, historians, an ad agency CEO, a rabbi, a Hollywood movie producer and many others.

No other book on the planet gives as many real-world perspectives on soul.

Author David Bloom is also the recipient of the Jazz Educator of the Year Award from the Jazz Institute of Chicago and, as founder of Bloom School of Jazz, has taught thousands of students how to develop their musical voice over the past 40 years. This book moves beyond music, and decouples ‘soul’ from both music and religion to explore it in a new light.

Next Steps…

You can explore “soul” yourself by ordering the book!