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Saturday 9: Angel (1998)
... because Bev recommended
it -- hey! That's ME!!
Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it
1) Sarah McLachlan wrote this song about someone
she barely knew. She read the obit of Jonathan Melvoin, keyboard player for
the Smashing Pumpkins, who died of a heroin overdose. What's the most recent
news story that touched you deeply?
There are so many with this administration! The transgender tweets
touched me deeply, a video I saw this morning of Trump shaking hands with
all the children except a disabled boy in a wheelchair who was right in
front of him asking to shake his hand and
turning his back on the
child. The recent
slaughter of the son of Cecil, the great lion who was killed last year
also moved and angered me almost as much as hearing the president today
encouraging stronger police violence in arresting suspects.
There are a dozen stories each day these days that touch me deeply.
2) Ms. McLachlan performed this in tribute to Linda McCartney at the 1999
Concert for Linda. She was expressing her hope that, in death, Linda found
relief and peace after a long and painful battle with cancer. What do you
think happens to us when we die?
Lord, I don't know, but if we aren't reunited with our deceased loved ones,
I'm going to be pissed. It's what I'm holding on to.
3) Daytime dramas General Hospital and As the World Turns used this song
on-air after a major character died. Do you follow any "soap operas?
Not for years and years and, really, decades. I used to watch 3
regularly (As the World Turns was one), but then quit cold turkey and
have not regretted it. The only thing I remember about any of them was
that one character was always making bread and I, who made all of our bread
at the time was frustrated because she never learned how to knead dough.
4) In 2007, Sarah donated her recording of this song to the ASPCA. Do you
have a pet? If yes, how did you get it (shelter, pet store, etc.)?
We have two shelter dogs. All of our dogs over the years, since 1967,
have come from shelters (except one Sheltie, who was a gift from my cousin,
who bred them).
5) She admits she can't watch those ASPCA commercials, where her
recording of "Angel" plays over sad photos of animals. Is there a TV
commercial that really gets to you (in either a good or a bad way)?
Stanton Optical, which has The. Worst. Commercials. Ever.
This is the most recent, and
least offensive, though still bothersome. What is worse is that it repeats
twice each time and runs many times a day. I agree with this complaint
I read: Stop running this *** ad! It plays back to back every 5
minutes in Florida!!! I change the channel and hate your company for
annoying me daily!!!!
6) In 1994, Sarah was stalked by an obsessed fan. Tell us about a time
you were really frightened. In retrospect, was your fear commensurate with
I can't really think of any time except during the worst part of my freeway
phobia, when I would be so terrified driving on the freeway that I drove as
far as I could on city streets, rejoining the freeway only when I couldn't
easily go any farther on city streets.
7) Sarah was adopted by Jack and Dorice McLachlan. Though she has a
friendly relationship with her birth mother, she always considered Dorice
her mother and sees herself behaving with her son the way Dorice did with
her. Is there anyone in your family that you feel you resemble, either
physically or by behavior?
I guess my mother, though I occasionally see my father coming out in me.
Lately, the more I struggle to remember things, the more I fear I am going
to really resemble my mother ultimately. As far as "behavior," it is
interesting to read through our genealogy and discovr that many of my
relatives on my mother's side have been writers. My great great
grandfather founded a newspaper and worked as its principal columnist for
8) McLachlan is one of the founders of Lilith Fair, a summer concert
series designed to showcase talented female performers. Do/did your summer
plans include an outdoor concert?
No. Never have.
9) Random question: Which of these men would you most like to be seated
with at dinner -- Clint Eastwood, Prince William or Jimmy Fallon?
Absolutely no question: Jimmy Fallon.