June 2020

Musicians in Bathrooms featuring Sara Burns

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.KAT Photography

What’s your sign?
My sun sign is Taurus
My moon sign is Leo
And my rising/ascendant sign is Cancer
I happen to know a thing or two about astrology … we can save that for another conversation.

Most underrated song that, in your opinion, should be a classic:
“Frozen Love,” from the Buckingham Nicks album that Stevie and Lindsey recorded before they joined Fleetwood Mac.

Biggest compliment you’ve ever gotten from a fan?
People have said that I remind them of the daughter Stevie Nicks never had. I’ve always resonated with that.

What is your favorite piece to perform?
“Landslide,” by Fleetwood Mac. I remember this moment when I lived in Nashville for a bit and I did a singer-songwriter showcase with this girl who was just really badass at playing acoustic guitar … and I thought, okay, it’s time for me to up my game. Time for me to grow and get better at what I’ve already grown comfortable with, as far as guitar playing goes. And at that moment, the song I challenged myself to learn and master was “Landslide,” and I love playing it at my shows.

What do you sing in the shower?
Weird thing about me, I never really sing in the shower. Ha-ha!

Favorite cereal?
Apple Cinnamon Cheerios

At what venue do you most like to perform?
Last year I started playing at the Crazy Crab on the north end after they rebuilt their outside deck, and I just love playing there! I’ll be performing there every Friday night this season!

Most requested song at shows?
Currently, that “Baby Shark Dance” song … let’s not go there. Lol. I usually give the kiddos the mic and ask them to sing it for me instead. It’s adorable.

First concert you attended?
The first concert I went to was the band Heart, at the House of Blues in Orlando! It was an awesome experience!

Favorite artist?
I know everyone says this, but it really is hard to answer this question. I love all forms of art, but here are my favorites that come to mind. Musically, my favorite female singers and songwriters are Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morissette, Carole King, Shania Twain, and Patty Griffin. My favorite male singers and songwriters are Jim Croce, John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls), John Mayer, Calum Scott, John Denver, Led Zeppelin (the entire band), Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20), and Tom Petty. Also, I love poetry, and my favorite is Robert Frost!

Place you go to get away from it all?
During the day, I love going outside in my backyard to look at my garden and see how much my plants have grown since the day before. It’s fascinating to me. But I also find myself especially drawn to the moon, the stars, the planets and constellations in the night sky. When I need to escape, I like to find a long dock and sit above the ocean so I can look up at the sky without any houses or trees or noises or bright lights obscuring my view. When you sit out there for a long time, you can literally see how the Earth, Moon, Sun, and the constellations are connected. It’s much cooler than reading about it in a textbook. I have learned a lot about both astronomy and astrology and how it plays an essential role in so many different ancient cultures around the world. I think it’s a such beautiful thing to observe the natural world outside. It reminds me to be mindful and grounded in every moment and spiritually connected to God and all of creation.

Do you tweet, gram or book? What’s your handle?
I’m not very social media savvy, but Facebook is what I generally use for updates. My Facebook page is SaraBurnsMusic (facebook.com/SaraBurnsMusic). I don’t tend to update my Twitter on a regular basis, but my handle is SaraBurns_.My Instagram is where I post most of my personal life pics. It’s the same as my Twitter handle, @SaraBurns_.

Finish this verse as if it were the hook of a song: “Sally went down to the bayou…
Ha-ha, umm … I’ll give it shot.
“Sally went down to the Bayou,
And she cried when she ran out of Blue Moon (the beer) …”
Ha-ha, idk. Bayou and beer seem to go well together …
and maybe some crawfish too. Yeehaw!

Who would star as you in the epic retelling of your life on film?
Maybe Jennifer Lawrence? I like her as an actress.

First instrument you ever learned to play?
Piano, but I didn’t stick with it. I was young and just didn’t appreciate it at the time. Now I wish I would have taken the time to learn. But I’m just glad I ended up picking up the guitar.

Song you were thrilled to finally master?
“Landslide,” by Fleetwood Mac.

What do you wish you knew more about?
I wish I knew how to have better discernment. That might not be an answer you were expecting. It’s not that I consider myself naive, but I think it can be difficult for a lot of people to know who and what to believe is genuine and true. It’s hard to trust others’ motives and agendas. Lying is easy. I try to see the best in everyone, but sometimes that makes you the fool for wanting to believe that all people have pure intentions. But then again, the truth can be hard to swallow, and maybe it’s safer to let some things be hidden.

What animal do you most identify with?
Owl. I’m definitely a night owl, but I think that owls also represent spiritual wisdom, and I am very drawn to that aspect.

If you got super-famous and had to change your name, what would your new name be?
I don’t think I’d change my name, but I’d like a name like Luna or something that references the moon or the name of a star or constellation.

What famous musician would you love to sing a duet with?
Stevie Nicks

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