The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined

Header Main

Place Ads

3×3: Jonah Tolchin on Building Schools, Making Mistakes, and Being a Mayophobic

Jan 3, 2017

Artist: Jonah Tolchin
Hometown: Currently Floating
Latest Album: Thousand Mile Night
Personal Nicknames: Merlin


A photo posted by Jonah Tolchin (@jonah.tolchin) on

What song do you wish you had written?

"These Days" by Jackson Browne. One of my all-time favorite songs. It's one of the first songs I ever learned how to play and sing. I recently got a chance to see him play at Tanglewood in Massachusetts and was very touched when he played that song.

If money were no object, where would you live and what would you do?

There are many places that I haven't been to in the world where I would like to go. Particularly parts of Asia. I would like to help fund the start of schools and building of communities in different parts of the world, including here in the U.S. (with an emphasis on nature awareness and the arts). To be honest, I've been asking myself this question a lot recently — and am still learning and discovering what the full answer is. Ask me again next year!

If the After-Life exists, what song will be playing when you arrive?

"We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey. Just kidding. Or am I? Maybe "Magic Party" by Ted Nugent.


Enjoying a special moment in the studio with Mr. James Gadson.

A photo posted by Jonah Tolchin (@jonah.tolchin) on

How often do you do laundry?

Not enough.

What was the last movie that you really loved?

I don't know about a movie, but the first season of Stranger Things was off the chain.

If you could re-live one year of your life, which would it be and why?
For fun, I would have to say my freshman year of high school (I had a great time). For attempting to re-do it better and avoiding mistakes, definitely 2016. This has been
a rough one for me.


We had an exciting visitor on the land this week!!! #bear

A photo posted by Jonah Tolchin (@jonah.tolchin) on

What's your favorite culinary spice?
I love cooking with fresh garlic. In powder form, many Indian spices. Cumin is nice.

Morning person or night owl?

Definitely a night owl. On the rare occasion that I have to wake up before 4 am for a flight, I will sometimes enjoy it. Being up before anyone else and walking by all the houses while the sun is just starting to come up is wonderful.

Mustard or mayo?

Mustard. I am mayophobic. I'm getting better with it, though! One step at a time.

Leave a comment

Suggested Reads