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Mc Lachlan feels lucky that she not only loves performing, but is also able to get into the zone on stage, and take the audience with her.“For me, it’s like church,” she says.“I’m not religious, per se, but I’m moderately spiritual, and for me, playing live is like a spiritual experience because I’m connecting with a whole lot of people.
If you encounter a comment that is abusive, click the "X" in the upper right corner of the comment box to report spam or abuse. Well, she can't necessarily rely on her two daughters for creative validation.Approaching seven and 12 years old, the girls have arrived at an age where they have opinions on Mc Lachlan's work and they're not always positive.There was her much-publicized split from drummer Ashwin Sood, her husband of 11 years with whom she shares two daughters. Mc Lachlan needed these past years, she said, to "recognize what (she) had lost." A mournful three-song suite in the album's mid-section addresses that void.Then in December 2010, her adoptive father, Jack, died. "He passed around the same time as I separated from my husband and I separated from my management company. All the male anchors floating away around the same time. On the plaintive piano amble "Broken Heart," she yearns for her father to "see me trying to live up to my name." "Surrender and Certainty," another placid piano dirge," finds Mc Lachlan again searching: "You were the star by which I light my way/ So how do I find my way now?"And having that anchor, that person who offers unconditional love, you don't get that very often.
And I think it was after he was gone that I really recognized the weight of that and the beauty of that. I didn't that often, because I'm kind of stoic and I try to handle things on my own and I didn't want to worry him. he would be there in a second." If all of "Shine On" was devoted to a daughter eulogizing her beloved father, Mc Lachlan might not have delivered on her promise of inching away from forlorn ballads.
I don't want to just be." It's a sentiment she's confident will resonate with her fanbase. Although "Laws of Illusion" couldn't match her platinum-stacking commercial heyday of 20 years ago -- when 1997's "Surfacing" went diamond in Canada, and hits "Afterglow" and "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" each went five times platinum -- Mc Lachlan makes the convincing case that she's never paid much attention to the charts.
(Though she acknowledges she was perturbed by the recent suggestion that "Shine On" represented her "comeback," saying with a laugh: "I didn't realize I went anywhere.") She's already deemed the "labour of love" album a success regardless of its sales.
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The 43-year-old Grammy winner admits that it wasn't always so easy to find humor in her heartache.
TORONTO -- When she began assembling new songs for "Shine On," Sarah Mc Lachlan made a concerted effort to let a little light peek in after issuing her most dramatically overcast record yet, 2010's "Laws of Illusion." And to her mind, she succeeded.