Home' LOTL : July 2004 Contents Have you had much time off in Australia? No, I had one day off the entire tour and I
went surfing, at Curl Curl. I had a wicked time.
You know how to surf? Yeah, I've been doing it about six years. I love surfing, I love
being in the water. It's just a few hours where you don't have to be responsible for
anybody or anything. In the water everybody is equal, the ocean is the great equaliser.
What do you think of Australia? I've never felt so at home, so far away from home. It's
such a bloody long flight but whenever I come here I just feel so comfortable. I love Sydney
especially. It's like this tropical paradise, you've got this incredible city, all these harbours
and incredible beaches, the food and people are fantastic, it's like the perfect city.
Who is Sarah McLachlan, in a nutshell? I'm a simple girl from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I'm
a musician, I'm a mum. I have a great job. I get to make music and play for people.
I'm a real happy person and like to have fun which everyone doesn't expect because
when they listen to my music they assume I'm this dour depressing person who wears
black all the time and doesn't go out in the sunlight!
How do you find inspiration when you're happily married, have a beautiful daughter,
your album is selling well? It's difficult because I'm happy and peaceful, but the well is
deep and there is lots of external stuff in the world that we can't help but ignore that
certainly affect me and all of us. Emotions never stop, and human nature continues to
do stupid things and hopefully we learn from them and sometimes we don't.
Afterglow was written in the shadow of some trying personal times. Well, the birth of my
daughter and the death of my mother happened at around the same time, two polar
opposites as far as emotions go, but it definitely made music more of a solace for me.
What did you discover first, writing
or your voice? The voice came first,
definitely. When I was 4 I
remember memorising an entire
Joan Baez record of my mother's
and going to her and proclaiming 'I
must have a guitar, I want to be
Joan Baez'. I was too small so they
gave me a ukulele and I continued
from there. I've always loved to
sing, it's always been an amazing
comfort to me and I always knew
music was something I was good
at. Songwriting actually came much
later. When I was 19 I was given a
record contract and I was allowed
to discover who I was as an artist
and a musician. So they said,
'write some songs, see what you
come up with' and that was
basically the first record.
Would you have eventually found
songwriting? No, I don't think I
would have. All my life art and music
went hand in hand and even though
music was incredibly important to me
it was hammered into me from a very
early age "it's a lovely hobby dear
but you can't make any money out of
it, so you're going to go to school
and get a proper job". So I went to
art college thinking that was going to
be something that would actually
guarantee me a job. I figure
I'd probably be a jewellery designer
or an interior decorator if I weren't
Do you do the artwork on your
albums? I did all the earlier artwork
and directed some videos. I still have
a really heavy hand in the creative
vision of it but I've learned to
delegate because I just don't have
the time anymore. But I still design
the merchandise. Anytime I draw a
doodle on a napkin somebody
snaps it and sticks it on a T-shirt!
Lilith Fair was an amazing
accomplishment for yourself and all
the female musicians involved. Is
there going to be another? There
probably won't be. It was an
amazing time, but I believe on
leaving things on a high note and it
was at its peak.
SARAH AND NIC
for the full inter view.
DURING HER FIRST SOLO CONCERT TOUR, SARAH McLACHLAN
JOINED ME FOR A CUPPA AND A CHAT ABOUT HER TIME IN
AUSTRALIA. BY NIC VAN DYKE.
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