Q&A with Sarah Fridrich
This was the first of our Q&A sessions with musicians and dancers who performed at the 2012 Takoma Park Folk Festival. Sarah Fridrich was on the 7th Heaven Stage at 5 p.m.
Question: How would you describe your music?
dissonant pop music,
old pianos in used book stores,
and spontaneous mountain dance parties
make us want to sing and play drums
in public squares
and Ethiopian restaurants
I’ve learned that it’s a lot of hard work, and, though it looks glamorous on the outside, it’s one of the most difficult businesses work in today. But, as I found out pretty early on, I LOVE performing more than any other work I could do. Somehow, “success,” in a monetary sense, doesn’t seem to matter to me as much as “succeeding” to entertain and move people. If I can give people that feeling of life being worth it (either through inspiration or solace)—which I, myself, have gotten from music all my life, especially when times were hard—then, I think I’ve done what I’m supposed to do.
You have played at the Folk Festival previously. What aspects of the festival do you prominently remember?
I remember seeing a middle-aged couple dancing on the sidewalk by Piney Branch Road, just outside the tent, during our set. That was really cool!!
What are the links to find out more about you?
I have a YouTube channel, which I update regularly now:
We’re on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, etc. Just google “msfridrich,” and you’ll find us!