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Sarah "Raves" in a 1994 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. See what she has to say about music and life =)

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"Passion" Peter Gabriel -- "Great music to make love to. Gabriel inspired me when I was 16 to step outside of classical music. He was writing music I wanted to write. He's so crafty at blending cultures musically"

"Spirit of Eden", "Laughing Stock" Talk Talk-- "Every note they play sounds like a beautiful moment. I feel drawn into that music more than almost anything else. Experimental but cool."

"Blade Runner" -- "Ridley Scott when he was doing good things. Oh, and I just had a total chubby for Harrison Ford"

"Jane Siberry" -- "The 'It Ain't A Concert Concert.' She was talking about her mother and women of that generation. We thought they had it together, but they were just as lost as we are now. Her story moved me and inspired me to write "Good Enough" about my own mother."

"Martin Scorsese" -- "He's so gritty. He's got a real romance to what he does, but it's all so realistic."

"Losing My Religion" R.E.M. -- "One of my all-time favorite videos. Incredibly beautiful -like memories of little moments. And I love the song."

"Letters to a Young Poet" Rainer Maria Rilke -- "I feel so drawn to what he says -- things that resonate strongly inside me that I haven't even recognized yet."

"Tofino" -- " It's a village on the west coast of Vancouver Island. The closest to heaven on earth I've ever found"

"Assassin's Apprentice" Stephen Fearing -- "I don't think it's released in America. He packs so much punch into what he's saying emotionally but does it in a subtle way."

"The Piano" -- "So strong and graceful. I lost all respect for Sam Neill. I know he was acting, but what a sniveling coward."


These are album/concert reviews by various Fumblers. If you have one that you'd like posted here, email it to danielle33@boston.crosswinds.net and it will appear here with the others.

From ~lesley*
Amazing. That is the only word I can think of to describe Sarah McLachlan's concert on October 25th at the Civic Centre Theatre. She has all of the aspects that make up a great performer: wonderful stage presence, immense talent and a very good rapport with the audience. I can safely say that I am not alone in these sentiments as she played to a sold-out crowd which was completely enthralled by her music.

McLachlan opened with her new hit single, "Building a Mystery". This song set the mood for the rest of the show. McLachlan's beautiful, strong voice soared over the intricate music. However, it was not her newer songs that received the best reaction from the audience. She also played many songs from her previous albums, showing a good cross-section of her work, and giving the audience a glimpse of a younger, although certainly not much less musically mature, McLachlan.

Her band consisted of two guitarists, a bass player, a drummer and a back-up singer. There was not one point at which any of the members of the band was out of sync with anyone else and they were all in tune at all points.

My only complaint really has nothing to do McLachlan herself. I found in a few of the songs that the back-up singer's voice was too breathy and therefore lost some of the tone that it had in other songs. For the most part, however, her voice complemented McLachlan's very well. The other problem was that occasionally McLachlan was drowned out by her band, although this was quickly regulated by an attentive sound crew.

Those two small problems were very easy to overlook, though, as I sat and enjoyed listening to one of Canada's brightest stars.



From ~lesley*
MCLACHLAN CHARMS ECSTATIC FANS

Early on in her wonderful Saturday night show at the Ottawa Civic Centre, Canada's pop sweetheart Sarah McLachlan said she was happy to be playing her first Ottawa show in ages because it gave her a chance to "revisit some old lovers."

She didn't mean that literally. After all, her husband and drummer Ashwin Sood was sitting at his kit only 10 metres behind her. Rather she was referring to the wealth of old material she would be able to revisit over the two-and-a -half -hour show.

Still, many of the 5,500-plus fans took her at her word, reacting ecstatically to each of the more than 20 songs McLachlan was to perform on the night.

Indeed, there was quite a bit to be ecstatic about.

Anyone who's only heard McLachlan on her mega-selling albums (and those who missed her on last summer's all-woman Lilith Tour, which hit Toronto and Montreal) could be forgiven if they were surprised at the power, range and beauty of McLachlan's voice which, in the course of a song can go from poignant to blasting, from shimmering highs to an excellent, blistering rock sound.

The tone was set from the opening notes of Building a Mystery, the first single from her new album Surfacing when McLachlan and her excellent six-piece band (including the previously- mentioned Mr. Sood and an outstanding female backup singer) showed that a full summer on the road with the Lilith bunch had only whetted their appetites for performing.

From there, it was a lovely parade of material from her 10-year, four-album career. And, while the crowd was wild about the material from Surfacing and 1994's Fumbling Towards Ecstacy, there was a special place in their hearts for reworked and rejuvenated hits like Vox and Into the Fire and other songs from Touch and Solace, her first two albums.

McLachlan has grown remarkably as a live performer over the years. A while ago, she was content to sing her songs rooted in front of her mike stand, often looking a little frightened. She's still not quite Tina Turner on stage, but she's much more inclined to take a stroll or even throw out a few hip shakes and such.

At one point in Saturday's show McLachlan and the band clustered in a small grouping at the front of the stage for a "semi-unplugged" version of her song I Will Remember You, with Sood sitting behind a weird drum kit that looked like something from the sit of The Flintstones.

At another point, she was left alone at the piano onstage for a lovely version of Do What You Have To Do, off Surfacing.

Along with the new stage presence was an ultra-professional stage set: starry sky background, risers, a couple of humungous cloth backdrops and Broadway-level overheard lighting.

In her way-too-brief opening set, stylist Madeleine Peyroux showed that there was nothing wrong with the songs of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s. It's just that you need a special voice to pull them off.

Accompanied only by guitar and trumpet, the 23-year-old former busker wandered through a half-dozen oldies, as well as her own song Dreamland, the title track of her album.

And, while her voice has undeniable liks to late great Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith, she was never imitating the singers as much as she was bringing them into her own distinct voice.


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