when farideh (pronounced fair-a-day), a self-proclaimed, ‘guitar & banjo songstress’ reached out to me about featuring her music on my blog, it was an easy-peasy HECK-YES-I-WILL kind of decision.
farideh is awesome. and not just because her name on facebook is listed as ‘farideh danger’, but because she is a creative sprite who hails from freezing cold places and sings awesome tunes. and she knows how to wear red lipstick well. on her music site her sound is described as part “howl at the moon” vocals, part Motown rhythm and part finger-pickin guitar. what’s not to love about that? you can listen to some of her music here.
so farideh has generously offered to write a song specifically for the winner of this giveaway! as in, she will sit with her guitar or banjo and strum/sing a song written JUST for you. she will even make a video of it and you can show off to all your friends how this lovely singer from saskatoon wrote you a song. that’s like the greatest giveaway prize ever. move over oprah.
also – how beautiful is the cover of her latest album? i want this on my wall please.
here is some more about farideh:
list 5 things farideh is and 5 things farideh isn’t:
Farideh is my real name (it means unique in persian).
Farideh is a 2002 goat milking champion (beating the mayor and a 9 year old!).
Farideh is a fan of prunes and has many other things in common with 80 year olds.
Farideh is very shy and reclusive and prefers to be on stage then out in the crowd.
Farideh is color bind and therefor afraid of khaki.
Farideh isn’t a prostitute (though she has been mistaken for one while wearing a skirt that covered her whole leg including the ankles and a bunnyhug [that’s Saskatchewanian for hoodie]).
Farideh isn’t prepared for the zombie apocalypse and doesn’t plan to be, she thinks brains could be tasty.
Farideh isn’t Michael Faraday the scientist…though she likes that a farid is a unit of POWER!
Farideh isn’t sure that the 5 second rule is accurate, she’s thinking more like 30 seconds.
Farideh isn’t sure what the plan is, but she is sure there is one.
don’t you live in the icy climes of canada? tell me a bit about your ‘home':
I live in Saskatchewan, right in the middle of Canada. Every year, between December and February, we have a number of days we celebrate being colder then Mars. Those days it is between -50F and -60F, so our celebrations are merely getting out of the house and trying to start the car.
I’m not a fan of the cold, I have experimented with other cities – the weather and people are fantastic, but my songs don’t turn out as well and it all seems a lot less intense. Turns out I prefer a landscape that is trying to kill me.
Above you will find a photo of myself and my brother in a sleigh in the dead of winter. No reindeer necessary! Our dad pulled it around town with his van.
what 10 songs are on your perfect road-trip mix-tape?
I spend many days of the year on the road promoting my records and performing, this is a mix tape that features quite a few Canadian musicians, songs about poverty, moving on up and a little bit of bluegrass Metallica. Just what the road calls for!
The Long and Winding Road – Aretha Franklin version
Road Regrets – Dan Mangan
The Gallery – Joni Mitchell
Down the Line – Jose Gonzalez
Poor – Meaghan Smith
Challengers – New Pornographers
I Need a Dollar – Aloe Blacc
Shallow – Fred Eaglesmith
It’ll All Work Out – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Ride the Lightning – The Iron Horse
i’ve “started” trying to learn the guitar about 5 times. do you have any tips to push through the ‘my fingertips hurt’ stage?
Dear Golriz. You are terribly talented at many things – writing, photography, fashion. Possibly not being able to learn guitar is the universe reassigning such skills to the rest of us. I invite you and your readers to consider if they haven’t been able to learn guitar, maybe it’s because they are ridiculously talented at other things and to stop being so greedy.
But if you insist, the best way to learn a new instrument is to keep it out in your visual space so you see it all the time. Then to remove all other distractions in your life so that you are so bored you start playing. This is why people usually learn the guitar when they have no friends or are backpacking through Europe.
who is your musical muse?
I suspect it’s the weather and Fred Eaglesmith. The landscape of Saskatchewan is full of silence, wind and 360 degrees of sky. That open howling kind of sound is present in my music and the silence is one of my greatest inspiration. Fred Eaglesmith is a Canadian songwriter who I was obsessed with when I was 15, he is an incredible story teller, performer and songwriter. As I age I see his influence spill into my words, melodies and stage persona. Otherwise I look to the music of older times – currently I am into 1940’s gospel music like the Golden Gate Quartet – such creative vocal ideas!
to enter to win a song written JUST for you by farideh, all you have to do is:
it’s as SIMPLE as that. entries will close on friday april 29 at noon when a winner will be picked at random, by the randomizer!