Talking Perspective and Inspiration with Sarah of Dead Horses

February 7, 2017

“I just had to find it myself, and when I did, I fell in love.” Beauty, divinity, and interconnectedness are elements of this world that often conceal themselves from the average eye. Sarah Vos, lead singer and songwriter of indie-folk band, Dead Horses, seems to see things just fine.

“We must not lose sight

Of that golden sky

Or the mirror in your eye”

Vos’s unique and expansive perspective on life had to have come from somewhere. Perhaps it stemmed from reading authors like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, or her personal favorite, Walt Whitman. Her soulful voice likely came from singing hymns as a child in her hometown of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where her father was a minister. A mingling of her religious upbringing and her interest in Eastern philosophies (particularly Buddhism) make for an interesting outlook on all things spiritual.

“Cleanse your mountaintops

And sing with what you’ve got

And you are, what you are not”

One thing is for certain, Vos’s affinity for nature gives wings to her words. She holds an extraordinary ability to present obscure, abstract, and sometimes doleful subjects using simplified language and imagery found in nature. She never fails to paint a picture.

Dead Horses is a long time collaboration between Sarah Vos and upright bassist/vocalist Daniel Wolff, and the band is currently touring with mandolin player Ryan Ogburn.

Dead Horses will be performing songs from their new album, Cartoon Moon, Wednesday, February 8th at the Pub Station

 Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 day of show.

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by Mike Wade
Mike is an English major at MSUB. He loves writing, photography, and hiking the various mountains of Montana.

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