Saturday, July 10, 2010: Sarah Dashew

Sarah Dashew

Sarah Dashew’s songs come from within – a mix of tender emotions, strength and joy in life and a playful sense of humor. Her smoky voice brings all those feelings to life. Her musical stylings defy genres – folky with touches of pop, country, soul and jazz.

I’ll let Sarah tell you more about herself – from her interview with Jeff Rivera, Entertainment Reporter for the Huffington Post:

For those who haven’t heard your music before, how would you best describe it?

… First I would describe my music as lyrically driven: I’m a lover of words. But not too many words. The music is earthy, a little raw. My voice is not classically trained–there’s smoke in there (though I’m not a smoker) and some ache, hopefully some soul. I started out singing in a gospel choir, which explains my love of harmony. I like major keys and I like resolution, so the melodies are usually light. I’ve been compared to Janis Joplin and Sheryl Crow and Carole King, all of which I take as compliments.

So that’s how I would describe my music. But I’d rather not. I’d rather just play it and have people listen.

Do you write all your own music? What inspires you?

I do write all my own music. I guard it pretty jealously, actually. Writing is the thing I love the most about music, and of course the thing that is most torturous. Hmm, what inspires me? Lovers. A full moon. My dog. Driving. Sleeping. Other music. The swirls cream makes in my coffee. I remember hearing Maya Angelou talking once about starting out with her writing, and someone asked her what she wrote about and she said something along the lines of, “Everything. Diamonds in Arkansas. Everything.” I heard that and I sat down and wrote a song called “Diamonds in Arkansas.”

Then there’s the sea. I grew up sailing around the world with my family and that has inspired my writing from the beginning: the rhythm of waves, the force of ocean, the vastness of all that space, the hellos and goodbyes of constant travel…Several songs on my album are influenced by those elements.”

Suggested artist donation $15

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. Socializing and potluck from 6:00 p.m.

BYO wine and/or potluck refreshments to share are encouraged.

For more information, please contact Lee at 575-522-5197 or by e-mail at houseconcerts (at)

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