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Have you ever had a question for a folk musician but were afraid to ask? Of course not. Folk musicians are the most approachable and friendly people on the planet.
We asked legendary singer-songwriter Shari Ulrich and she was quick with her responses. Enjoy!
- You had the opportunity to share the stage with your daughter. What’s the best part of touring with family? My sense of awe that we get to do that – that life has unfolded in such a remarkable way – that she turned out to be this gifted musician and I get to look over and see that sweet smile. And, when I hear her heartbreakingly beautiful tone on the violin.
- What makes you laugh? Quick-witted humans with a wicked sense of humour, preferably irreverent and riddled with truth. And dogs.
- Who or what have you learned the most from with regards to your career? Rick Scott for being in the moment with music and an audience, Bill Henderson for professional integrity, Barney Bentall for overriding my innate resistance and getting me out of my comfort zone, and my audience for constantly reminding me what it’s really about.
- What song evokes the strongest memories for you? Funny … I’m about to do a “My Playlist” show for CBC, and even breaking it down to 10 songs was torturous. Because that’s what songs do – hearing them evokes that time in our lives and the myriad of emotions that were a part of that time. It’s impossible to even describe the richness of that feeling. So it’s impossible to pick out a single song. You can take the first four bars of so many: the organ intro on Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street,” Lennon’s “Norwegian Wood” or “Imagine,” Richie Haven’s “Follow” . . . oh, there are dozens . . . and the flood of an indescribable feeling that represents that time in your life just infuses you heartbeat. Oh . . . okay, bringing our newborn daughter home and her father dancing her around the room to John Lennon’s “Julia.”
- What are you holding on to that you need to let go of? Guilt.
- If your life was a television show, what would your theme song be and why? “In my Life,” for obvious reasons.
- What do you want more of in your life? TIME! I figure for every week I’m living, I could use another to stay on top of it all. And more importantly, to build in some rest and relaxation … something I simply never do.
- If you could send a three-sentence email to the entire world, what would it say? If it was to the human race: Be kinder to one another – and to yourselves. Always imagine walking in their shoes first. Get a hit of nature every single day – It’s good for you. If it was to the planet: I’m so sorry for our greed and what we’ve done to you.
- If you could live one day over and over again, what day would you choose? Oh gosh … that relies on actually recalling them! Today is pretty darn great.
- If you came with a warning label, what would it say? Beware of impatience. It is recommended you get to the point.
The Barrie Folk Society was formed in response to the wants and needs of the local folk music community in and around the Barrie area.
The main goal of the Barrie Folk Society is to bring Folk music to the masses through a not-for-profit organization that cares about the growth and nurturing of the folk music movement.
Countdown to Shari Ulrich!