Saturday, July 29, 2017

Saturday 9: Angel

Saturday 9: Angel (1998)

. . . because Bev recommended it

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

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?

A. Mostly the news just makes me angry these days. It's a very deep anger. Does that count?

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?

A. The worms crawl in, the worms crawl out, the worms play pinnacle on your snout. I hope I feed a nice tree somewhere.

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?"

A. Not any more. I used to be a big Dark Shadows and Guiding Light fan when I was (much) younger. Now I watch Game of Thrones, Supergirl, and Survivor.

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.)?

A. I do not have a pet now. In 1984, I picked up my dog who lived for 17 years (outside, yes, I was a bad dog mama) at the flea market when she was about seven weeks old. The cows are not pets, but we buy them in herds from other farmers or at the auction house.

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)?

A. Those Christmas commercials where the kid sneaks in from college and starts the Folgers brewing and his parents wake up to find him home used to make me sniffle.

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 the threat?

A. My husband scares me every time he is behind the wheel because he drives with his ear toward the road instead of his eyes. He has never wrecked a car (but I have) so I suppose my fear is unwarranted, but damn I wish he'd pay attention and stop looking out the side windows.

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?

A. I am a lot like my aunt, my mother's sister. Neither of us like to cook, we're both not into fashion, etc., and we both like to color.

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?

A. No. I generally don't go to those because people smoke.

9) Random question: Which of these men would you most like to be seated with at dinner -- Clint Eastwood, Prince William or Jimmy Fallon?

A. I have no interest in any of them, and I most certainly would never sit with Clint Eastwood, so if I must pick one, I shall go with royalty and say Prince William. Perhaps I would remember to hold out my pinky whilst I drink my tea, but I am afraid my curtsey leaves much to be desired.


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  1. I have to admit my husband's driving scares me a bit as he gets older. He spends so much time looking around that he tends to wander on the road. I have a hard time not being a backseat driver when I ride with him.

  2. I LOVED Dark Shadows! I caught a clip of it not too long ago and somehow it just didn't seen quite so hokey back then. Either way. I still love Barnabas and forever swore that I would name my daughter Angelique. Hahaha. I'm quite certain my daughter is happy I didn't stick with that!

  3. My husband scares me too. I can only ride on long distance rides with him if I'm reading a book. Of course I could drive myself, but I'm too lazy to do that! (He's 77...I wonder when he will think about not driving any more) I remember the Folgers coffee commercials. I loved those too.

  4. The song Angel makes me cry every time I hear it. It was played at the funeral of a friend of mine who was killed by her boyfriend. Unfortunately he ran on bail and the murderer is free living a good life somewhere.I watched Dark Shadows as a child with my mom and the Guiding Light in high school, now I barely watch TV at all.

  5. Did you know that Klaus Von Bulow was having an affair with "Victoria Winters" when Sunny just so happened to fall into that convenient coma? Thank you for being able to share some of the trivia rolling around in this head.


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