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 Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman to answer a few questions and they happily obliged. Here’s their fun take on music and life.
- What keeps you motivated in the music business for over 30 years? Karen: Hearing someone say that our show has improved their day, or that our music has helped them get through a difficult time.
- If you were chosen for the Amazing Race, would you and Pete make a good team?
Pete: We cut our cable TV a few years ago, so we had to look this up. We wouldn’t make it very far. There’s the issue of our height difference, and also our tendency to be unmanageable even by each other.
- You have written music for a few film scores. How is that process different and is this something you’d like to do more? Karen: Yes, we’d love to do more scoring. Film work is very different because the story is already there, so it’s more of a supportive role. With music, you’re creating an entire world with sound, the story, the spacial environment, everything.
- What does your perfect day look like? Pete: I suppose a perfect day would be when nothing challenges my confirmation biases. But that never happens.
- What do you think has been the biggest change to the music industry in the past 10 years? Pete: On the positive side, the internet offers extraordinary opportunities for independent artists. Anyone can be heard by anyone, anywhere. Karen: On the negative side – ubiquitous Autotune!
- What advice would you give a songwriter just starting out in the business? Karen: Songwriting is so intensely personal, so I don’t often give advice, but I’d say, never try to write a commercial hit. If you write a song you truly believe in, it will connect with someone.
- What do you like to do when you’re not touring or writing music? Karen: Cooking and gardening. Pete: Fishing and making pasta.
- If your life was a TV show, what would your theme song be and why? Pete: Perhaps, “Weather With You” by Crowded House. It’s about trying to maintain your own atmosphere as you move through the world, and not letting others jerk your chain with their projections and hallucinations. But I imagine our TV ratings would be far better if we were utterly overwhelmed by all that. That’s more fun to watch, isn’t it?
- What does the committee in your head usually argue about? Karen: I don’t know… the committees in our heads are spending a lot of time parsing US politics these days. How can seemingly well-intentioned people have opposing world views? Pete: I can tell you what we argue about… driving directions!
- Karen, you’re born in New Jersey. I have to ask since I’m a Springsteen fan … any Bruce stories? Pete: I have a Bruce story. He and his band once heard a bar band I was in, before he was known. He called us over to his table and was very kind; he liked our Beatles medley. He said, “Stick with it. I used to play bars too.” He’d just signed with Columbia Records, and I advised him that they had a reputation for not supporting some of their new acts. He said, thanks, and that he’d be attentive to that. About a year later, he was on the cover of Time, Newsweek, Life, etc. Apparently, he heeded my warning. So, to all the Bruce fans … you’re welcome!
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.
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