Find out why you’re Sweet lesbian musician Sarah Smith’s hero, why she adds a U to some words and how she prefers bridges on her guitar to actual bridges.
1. What’s your Zodiac sign? Does it fit you?
GEMINI. And yes, OMG, yes. I am definitely a twin personality. Crazy. I think that’s what Gemini means? LOL.
2. What are you looking forward to on your first Sweet trip?
I am really excited to be able to meet all the Sweeties, new people from all over the world, new friends, new family. I’m also totally pumped to be able to have my wife on vacation with me. And I feel that the Sweet trip will offer us a comfortable place where we can just “be ourselves.”
3. What attracted you to Sweet?
My friend and very talented photographer, Cheryl Mazak, was the one who introduced me to Sweet. And I will take no credit for this. She was the one who made all of this happen for me. AND I LOVE her for this!
4. When I’m not playing guitar and writing songs, I’m __________.
enjoying the simple things in life. Relaxing with Janene and our two golden retrievers, Daisy and Dallas, sitting in silence, trying new food, walking, athletics, reading self-help books, chores around the house, social events with my close-knit group of friends and chilling with my family.
5. What’s your favorite movie? Why?
I can’t say I have a favourite [note: Sarah spells favorite with a U because she's Canadian], but I LOVE documentaries. I love to learn and chill at the same time.
6. What’s your favorite TV show? Why?
I don’t really have a lot of time to watch TV, but the odd time that I do have the chance, I like to steal the remote control from Janene and channel surf from one horrible reality show to the next.
7. Who is your favorite musician? Why?
I have so many, but to break it down to a few, I would say:
Bruce Springsteen, his ability to put on long, energetic concerts night after night, year after year.
Melissa Etheridge, her raw emotion and vocal power in her songwriting and performances.
Sheryl Crow, she just exudes coolness.
Alanis Morisette, for putting it all out there.
Tim Thorney, a co-writer on some of my music. He’s a true artist, the real deal.
8. Who do you admire most? Why?
Oh man. This is tough. I really do admire everyone. I think we are all on a path of finding love and happiness in life and I’m inspired by everyone’s individual journeys.
9. Of what are you most proud?
Living a life of passion.
10. What’s your favorite position?
My mind automatically went somewhere else on this question.
11. If you could only have one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
12. Do you have pets?
We have 2 Golden Retrievers. Daisy is 8. We adopted her into our home when she was only a year old. She was an abused rescue animal. Even with all the love we have given her over the years, she still acts like a street dog. She has her own rules and lives the way she wants. No one can tell that dog what to do. But when she wants to love, she is very loving.
Dallas is 5. We got him as a puppy. He is big and clumsy and follows his “big sister” around. Whatever she does, he does. If she’s excited, he gets excited. He usually has no clue why he’s excited, but he just is. He is very cuddly and loving.
13. If you could only have one super power, what would it be?
I think we all have super powers! My human super power is that I have a photographic memory. It helped me ace all my school exams. All I had to do was look at the page and I could memorize it.
What’s your super power?
14. How did you start doing what you do? Why do you do it?
I was always a singer and sang my first solo in church when I was 5 years old. I remember looking out at all the old ladies in the congregation and they were all crying. That was my first taste of the power of music.
I started writing music and playing guitar when I was in my early teens and my guitar became my best friend all through high school. After high school, I wasn’t sure what to do with my life, so I joined the army and went to Royal Military College (Canadian Military University). In my first year, someone told me that it was possible to make a career out of music. Imagine that? I had no idea that was even possible. I quit the army and started a band a few weeks later. And the rest is history.
15. What’s your favorite thing about yourself?
I can see the good in people.
16. What’s your biggest fear?
Heights. I get really scared driving over tall bridges. But, since I tour North America by van, I have to drive over many bridges and circle many mountains. My fear doesn’t paralyze me, but it’s still very scary.
17. Are you tired of answering questions?
Actually, this is a great way to get to know myself again.
18. Do you have any hobbies? If so, what? And why?
I like to bike. I find that biking offers me silence, exercise and a mode of transportation as well.
19. What three words best describe you?
Passionate. Driven. Accepting.