MUSIC EDUCATION BLOG – “ON THE ROAD” WITH CHUCK AND SANDI
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Enjoy this interview with Sarah Vos from the Dead Horses band! Thanks for reading.
SARAH: Dan and I have been playing together since 2010.
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SARAH: A lot of folks make up our team and we all lead in different ways. My duties and role are not static, and I try to look at them as opportunities to learn.
SARAH: I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember. Music was central in my home and both at school and at church. I got my first guitar when I was around ten or eleven and what excited me most about it was that I could use it to play songs.
SARAH: Probably my mom. She taught and still teaches me much about love, compassion and empathy, strength, and being able laugh at yourself!
SARAH: I love hiking and spending time in nature! I also like to read and study.
SARAH: I’ve always been especially interested in acoustic music.It seems as though there’s been a resurgence of folk, and we sort of just fell into that.
SARAH: The energy of the city! Last summer was my first time visiting New York City, and I’ve been back a few times since. I had no idea I would like it so much and always feel deeply inspired when I’m there; I think in part it’s the history of the city. It’s as if there’s a palpable excitement in the air.
SARAH: No. I consider writing a practice, but I try to let it be as fluid as possible.
SARAH: No, definitely not.
SARAH: I use pen and paper!
SARAH: Some of the best advice I’ve heard regarding writer’s block is to get it over with and write a bad song or two. I like that advice because it speaks to the part of yourself that is writing to write and for no other reason.
SARAH: Just write. It’s normal to write something that you don’t like afterwards, whether that is a day or a few years after you write it. I always try not to second guess myself while writing initially. You can always go back and adjust phrases or anything else.
SARAH: That’s a funny question! I have seen those “rhyme dictionaries” and it makes me chuckle. It’s important to note that rhyme is one of many different ways to affect the way something sounds.
SARAH: It’s been fun returning to cities we’ve played before. It is starting to feel like we live everywhere! I really enjoy seeing and observing the beautiful country as well as the communities living in it. It is a nomadic lifestyle certainly.
SARAH: Last fall we were in Sedona, AZ, on a day off and we did a band hike together. It turned out to be a pretty long hike and we needed to get back to the van before dark so some of us started running ahead on the trail. I got back to the van with two of our players, but Dan was nowhere to be found. We waited a few minutes and I was telling the guys, “I’m sure he’ll be back any second.” I then saw I had a text from Dan’s wife (back home in Wisconsin) saying, “Is everything okay?” Turns out Dan had gotten turned around on the trail and hitched a ride into town with a stranger. She was nice enough to drop him off and let us know where he was.
SARAH: Playing music is definitely my favorite part. I enjoy being on a unique team and working with everyone who supports this project. It’s inspiring to watch it grow and know that so many people have influenced it.
SARAH: I want to make more records and tour!
SARAH: We are very excited about the new record we released this April called “My Mother the Moon.” We recorded it last year in Tennessee and are currently on tour in support of it.
SARAH: I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars. – Walt Whitman.
Answer the first thing that pops in your head.
SARAH: Bob Dylan
SARAH: A petal for your lovely hair
SARAH: Jack White
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Special thanks to Sarah Vos from the Dead Horses for taking the time to do this interview. Hope to see you “On the Road“! – Sandi Millar
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