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Deep Thought (bear with me, I don't have them often) Mar. 30th, 2009 @ 02:27 am
calysto
I was talking to a friend earlier who didn't know much about Sarah McLachlan. One of the things I told her about Sarah is all the charitable and philanthropic work she does. Taken as a whole her projects, foundations, and donations have helped (quite literally) millions of people around the world over the years.

That's when it occurred to me... Sarah was adopted as an infant. How might the world be different if she had been adopted into a different family, or not at all, or if her birth mother hadn't given her up. She would be just as talented of course but would she have been as supported, encouraged, and exposed to music as she was? Not to mention living a different life entirely.

It's strange to think that millions of people have had their lives improved due to something as partially random as infant adoption.

FYI Mar. 18th, 2009 @ 11:25 pm
calysto
Several sections of Sarah's Wikipedia article are pretty out of date. I don't have a Wiki account... if anyone here has one, you might wanna do some touch-ups. :)

[link]

Mar. 18th, 2009 @ 10:38 pm
calysto
Does anyone happen to have any sort of recording from Sarah's days singing for "October Game" by chance?

Mar. 12th, 2009 @ 08:37 pm
calysto
In retrospect, now that we know Sarah's marriage is unfortunately on the ropes, I wonder if Sarah wrote "Fallen" and "Stupid" to address mistakes she made or was making in her marriage.

I hope not... and I hope they get back together... but I wonder.

Joni Mitchell Mar. 12th, 2009 @ 03:48 pm
nederlandergirl
    Firstly, I'd like to thank the other members of this comm for being really active lately, since th Sarah McLachlan fandom is not exactly the busiest, especially since she hasn't released a totally new album in a while.
      I've been a big Sarah McLachlan fan since I was nine years old (and knew all the lyrics to "Building A Mystery" and "Adia.") I became a big fan of her cover of 'River" when I got Wintersong soon as it came out. I learned that "River," one ofmy favourite songs on the album, was by Joni Mitchell. I wanted to hear the original, so I bought Joni's actual recording of it and that was when I learned that "Blue" was also originally by Joni Mitchell.
     Make a long story short, I now love Joni Mitchell almost as much as Sarah. Her voice is very different, hardly comparable, but her songwriting is amazing. She's also a better lyricist-- whereas Sarah McLachlan can sometimes be a little melodramatic and evasive, Joni Mitchell's songs have a pure sort of intimacy. Joni Mitchell doesn't use such grandiose similes and phrases (you would never hear her ask, "What ravages of spirit conjure this temptuous rage?")
     Does anyone else here love Joni Mitchell? How did you discover her? What are your favourite Joni Mitchell songs, and which ones do you wish Sarah would cover? My personal favourites are "Willy" and "The Last Time I Saw Richard." If you've never heard either of those, please check them out now. "The Last Time I Saw Richard" has the most beautiful lyrics I have ever heard, and it has the strangest melody and accompaniment-- medium tempo, dark, grounded piano mixed with very high-pitched, almost falsetto lyrics that are quickly rattled off like a series of breathless confessions. "Willy" is mournful but hopeful, with an almost childish appreciation of its subject set against gentle, steady piano triads-- "He says he'd love to live with me/But for an ancient injury that cannot heal/He said I feel, once again, like I gave my heart too soon/He stood looking through the lace at the face on the conquered moon."
Other entries
» Rare Sarah Goodie
The audio portion of this YouTube video is from a sound check in 1987 where Sarah starts messing around and singing some of Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights."

The video's uploader used "U Want Me 2" as filler for the video portion of the file.

[link] - Also, you can use [Zamzar] to save it as an mp3 if you like. (Or just about any other format)
» Random Sarah Poll
Poll #1364241 Random Sarah Poll

Favorite Sarah Cover

Dear God (XTC)
6(12.5%)
Gloomy Sunday (Rezső Seress)
2(4.2%)
Song for a Winter's Night (Gordon Lightfoot)
6(12.5%)
Blue (Joni Mitchell)
4(8.3%)
Blackbird (The Beatles)
6(12.5%)
River (Joni Mitchell)
7(14.6%)
Rainbow Connection (Kermit the Frog)
5(10.4%)
Unchained Melody (Hundreds of Performers)
4(8.3%)
Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel)
0(0.0%)
Ol' 55 (Tom Waits)
3(6.2%)
Happy Xmas (War Is Over) (John Lennon)
4(8.3%)
Other - Leave Comment
1(2.1%)

Favorite Sarah Duet Performance or Collaboration

Time After Time (with Cyndi Lauper)
6(12.2%)
Don't Let Go (with Bryan Adams)
2(4.1%)
Just Like Me (with Darryl McDaniels)
0(0.0%)
Angel (with Emmylou Harris)
1(2.0%)
Pills (with The Perishers)
5(10.2%)
Homeless (with Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
2(4.1%)
Adia (with Avril Lavigne)
0(0.0%)
Silence (with Delerium)
18(36.7%)
The Difficult Kind (with Sheryl Crow)
5(10.2%)
Closer to Fine (Lilith Fair Group Sing)
3(6.1%)
Water is Wide (Lilith Fair Group Sing)
4(8.2%)
Other - Leave Comment
3(6.1%)

» Sarah plays laces up her skates!

Sarah is schedule to play Hockey at the fundraising JUNO Cup game later this month....as part of the Juno Festivities (Canadian Music Awards).  She will also be performing at the Juno's on March 29th  and will also be honoured with the  Allan Waters Humanitarian Award.

For details...

http://www.junocup.ca/

http://www.junoawards.ca/09_weekend.php

http://www.junoawards.ca/09_allanwaters.php

» Sarah the Lyricist
One of the things that has always impressed me about Sarah McLachlan is her gift for writing powerful, multi-layered lyrics. For example, a lyric from one of her recent songs about her marriage failing asks simply: "Is forever over now?" -- it's a simple lyric... but think of how very many implications there are in that.

From another song years ago: "Deep within I'm shaken by the violence of existing for only you" -- exquisite layering and metaphor.

Another great loaded metaphor: "Time here all but means nothing just shadows that move 'cross the wall... they keep me company, but they don't ask of me, they don't say nothing at all..."

And possibly my favorite: "and when we're done soul searching... and we carry the weight... and die for a cause... is misery made beautiful right before our eyes? will mercy be revealed or blind us where we stand?"

Even without layering her lyrics are ingenious: "So I ran like the wind to the water... Please don't leave me again, I cried. And I threw bitter tears at the ocean... But all that came back was the tide..."

What are some of your favorite lyrics and/or lyricists?
» Nifty
Turns out, hulu.com not only has movies and tv shows, but they also have a bunch of Sarah interviews, performance clips, and videos hidden away in a corner. [link]
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