To count down the 7 days until my CD Release in Rosebud, I will be introducing you to 7 of the wonderful people who have played a part in my musical journey.
Day 4: SARAH PENNER
Role: Played the piano on the album. She created the piano parts.
What’s your favorite time of year on the farm?
Definitely silaging season. I love it because there’s a large group of family and friends working together to get the job done, but we’ve each got our own important part. I usually get to drive the forage harvester and I try to make sure the trucks never have to wait for me.
What’s your favorite dessert?
Depends on the day. Marble slab is usually involved. Sometimes I go for butter pecan with a Skor mixin and sometimes I go for kiwi with a raspberry mixin.
You play all kinds of music in all kinds of situations. What’s your favorite to play and in what setting?
My ideal musical setting is jamming on old hymns with lots of different instruments. I like to be at the piano and to share it if there’s another good improviser (eg I get the top half of the piano, they get the bottom half of the piano). It’s fun when there are lots of people singing and the room is really warm and cozy.
What’s the worst job you’ve had to do?
I worked at McDonald’s for a summer during college and I didn’t like it at all.
What’s your recurring nightmare?
It’s funny. I don’t often dream. But when my schedule is really full, I have trouble sleeping because I’m thinking about everything that needs to be done. And not sleeping can be a bit of a nightmare.
What is something you like to do every summer?
I like to plant a garden. My favorite things to grow are green peas and rhubarb.
Favorite movie of all time?
Anne of Green Gables
If you had to choose between being able to write only letters or only emails for the rest of time, which would you choose?
Well, emails are sort of essential for my work. But I love the old-fashioned-ness of writing letters.
What’s the most satisfying chord in existence? Or favorite key to play in?
My favorite chord progression in the whole world is I-iii-IV. It happens to be the opening chord progression of the Anne theme song.
My favorite key to play a classical piece in is D flat major. I think it has such a mellow rich sound. Don’t ask me to improvise in D flat, though.