Fred Eaglesmith The Exclaim! Questionnaire

Fred Eaglesmith The Exclaim! Questionnaire
Singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith was born and raised in Southern Ontario. His latest album is called Falling Stars and Broken Hearts.

Current fixations:
Steam engines, sailboats and, Bhagwan Shree Rajnessh (The Book of Secrets Volume 4).

Mind-altering work of art:
The Mennonites — photographs by Larry Towell.

Most memorable or inspirational gig and why?
S.P.C.A. walkathon just outside of Philly. Every time we sang a dead animal song, the dogs all howled.

What has been your career high and low?
High: I won an Indie award.
Low: They couldn't afford to courier it so I never got it.

What should everyone shut up about?
Relationships.

I would drop everything to play a benefit for:
The Society for the Prevention of the Discussion about Relationships.

What trait do you like and dislike most about yourself?


What would make you kick someone out of your band and/or bed, and have you?
Cocaine. No.

When I think of Canada I think:
Government grants.

What is your vital daily ritual?
Happiness.

How do you spoil yourself?
Really good expensive tequila.

What was your most memorable day job?
High pressure water blasting.

If I wasn't playing music I would be:
A hobo.

What is your greatest fear?
To be afraid of something.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Rash prevention.

What makes you want to take it off and get it on?
Nothing.

Music and sex: Is there a difference? Why?
Yes. One is the assembly of notes. The other is a physical thing generally between two people.

Strangest brush with celebrity:
Merle Haggard's ex-wife talked us out of the beer in our dressing room.

Who would be your ideal dinner guest, living or dead, and what would you serve them?
The Dali Lama. Vegetarian food.

What does your mom wish you were doing instead?
Being a preacher.