It’s the beginning of fall, leaves are changing, the weather is getting chillier, and Halloween décor is starting to appear on the shelves at the local stores. Witnessing all of this transformation got me thinking about the seasons we go through in our life, moments of heartbreak, periods of romance, and the times when we’re flying solo. Having a creative outlet during these different phases is so important. So, in the spirit of celebrating seasons of change, I interviewed the ultra-talented singer-songwriter, Sarah Nischwitz, about how she uses her talents to cope with life’s romantic twists and turns. Let’s see what she had to say!
Juliette: Sarah, I’ve seen you perform live in NYC and you are wildly talented! I’m totally a fan! How did you get where you are today? Tell us a little bit about how you discovered your love for music?
Sarah: I started writing songs when I was very young. I would record radio shows on my little brown Mattel tape player with the handle-I still have the tapes! I finally learned to accompany myself in 8th grade when my mom found a beautiful upright for $500. I taught myself every song off of Jewel’s “Pieces of You” . I finally picked up my parents’ old Yamaha guitar my sophomore year of college and the rest is history! I started playing covers at the local coffee house every week, and really got a chance to work on my showmanship. Now, in NYC I try to hit up open mics all the time and book showcases and gigs. Some day soon, I would love to go on tour with a band!
Juliette: Wow! You sound mostly self-taught, that is so encouraging! Now, what I love about your music is that it deals with love during the fruitful seasons and during seasons of heartbreak. How is your personal life reflected in your art?
Sarah: How is it not!? My music is always inspired by something that moves me deeply-a relationship, a break-up, an experience. I have trouble sitting down and being like, “ok, let’s write a song”. But something will happen that I really feel, and I cannot put down my pen. I’m going through a lot of changes in my life right now and think I have 10 songs in my notebook already. Gotta keep that paper handy!
Juliette: That is such an awesome way to vent your feelings! Thanks so much for your time Sarah! Now, I know my Ladies are going to want to hear your awesome music, where can they go to check you out?
Sarah: No problem Juliette, it was fun! Your girls can hear my music on the web at www.sarahnischwitz.com and www.myspace.com/sarahnisch . If you’re in the city, come show your support and see me perform live THIS Wednesday, September 24th at Mr. Dennehy’s in NYC from 8-11pm.
Juliette: I’m totally there!
Thanks for tuning in Ladies. Whether you’re a poet, a painter, a musician, or just have a imaginative soul, I encourage you to get creative about changes in your life too!