Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Better than ice cream

Lesbians love Sarah McLachlan. Through the years I've tried to dissect exactly why this is. I've listened to her crystalline voice for hours. I've stared into her big brown eyes for what seemed like an eternity. I've played my copies of “Fumbling Toward Ecstasy” and “Surfacing” until they became the de facto soundtrack to my college years. And, in the end, I think I can sum it up in two words: Lilith Fair. Oh, come on, you know you were there. Hell, we probably ran into each other and didn't even know it.

What made Lilith Fair, and Sarah, so important is simple yet revolutionary. It wasn't just that women could make good music. It was that women who made good music were good business. This was girl power not in just an artificial made-by-marketers sense. This was women working together for the enjoyment of other women. It seems almost cliché now but then it was kind of awesome. And talk about your gay women's paradise. Take an Indigo Girls concert and multiply it by 1,000. Yeah, that kind of awesome.

So, it's with fond memories and a happy song in my heart that I welcome the release of Sarah's new greatest hits album today. “Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan” features 16 songs including two new tracks. And, best of all, I have five copies to give away. So if you want one, let me know in the comments (leave your email address, spelled out is fine) from now through Thursday. I'll pick the five winners at random on Friday.

While you're at it, if you want to share your favorite Sarah song or story, feel free. Oh, come on, you know you have one. In fact if you or your girlfriend or the friend you wish was your girlfriend haven't at some point drunken karaoked to “Adia” then you are either not really that gay or lying. I'm going with the latter.

p.s. Have you seen her in a bikini recently? I'm going to make that a second, one-word answer to why lesbians love Sarah McLachlan.

UPDATE: Entries are now closed. Thanks to all who entered. I'll post the winners Monday.

124 comments:

Anonymous said...

may I have it? may I have it? may I have it? Please? pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease? May I have it? came on!!! pleeeeeeeeease? May I have it? Yes? yes? may I have it?... but... no presure!! just... pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeease!?

loabroyloleo@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Hehe, a few weeks ago I went to see Missy Higgins open for the Indigo Girls and the people in the row in front of me were talking about Sarah McLachlan. Gotta love her.

my email: dsnas at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

yey for being on european time! also, this brings back good memories :)

funnymummers at gmail dot com

Bénédicte said...

She's just amazing ! I really like her !
Who don't as you said ;-) ?

Saw the ad last week in NYC ... I just thought it would be great to have it ! :)

sharbb at gmail dot com

Cheers ;-)

Anonymous said...

Dear Dorothy:

I could be funny and cute like Ms Anonymous above me, but really I have a story to tell you.

Love is hard. Such is the universal message of life, however, my fiance and I met because of Sarah McLaughlan and because of our mutual love of McLaughlan, we discovered our mutual love for each other.
Okay, that was a fairly poor story, but it would be a wonderful present to Grace (that's her) and I would love to give something significant.

xxxxxx

dontcomitmurder69@hotmail.com

p.s.

I'm running out of inspiration for Kareoke nights.... ;D
xxxx

frannie said...

My favorite Sarah song has got to be... "I will Remember You..."....
It just breaks my heart...and has been a soundtrack to so much of my life...

I would TOTALLY love a copy of her new CD. That would be awesome.... thanks for sharing by the way..

whymzecal at bellsouth.net

The Gentleman said...

Hate to be a cliché but Angel helped me through some rough times and Fumbled Toward Ecstasy was indeed playing on a loop at certain point in my life. I remember I had at least 2 copies… one in the portable player and one in the stereo in my room… I was obsessed!

I was lucky enough to see her performing live twice... one word: goosebumps.
If I have to pick one song would it be “Elsewhere”
"Oh the quiet child awaits the day when she can break free
the mold that clings like desperation
Mother can't you see I've got
to live my life the way I feel is right for me
might not be right for you but it's right for me...
"

I did totally interpreted it with the struggling of coming out… I sang that song at every occasion!

Lamal 83 at yahoo dot it

kim said...

think i'm going to need one copy, please? All of her songs have been there for me in the good times and bad.

kim at kimizone dot com

nakedninab said...

I'd have to say my favorite song is "i love you", that song gets me every time. like you i have also pondered why it is that woman love sarah mclachlan i've boiled it down to her voice, her beauty and the fact that she's canadian. Okay maybe the last one is just me personalizing.

anywho my is email: nakedninab@yahoo.com

danamitey said...

holy c&^p I had no idea...umm apparently I just feel in love with Sarah all over again! who's been holding out on those abs!
As for picking a favorite song...I don't think I have heard one I don't like..but I will always have Ice Cream around because well..hi my name is Dana and I AM and chocoholic
I would love a copy of the new CD
danamitey at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Love, love, love her.

alicialendon at gmail dot com

Allie said...

I don't usually comment, because you're fed right into my Google Reader, but I have to say...I had no idea she had such a lovely tummy. The bikini is cute, too.

Also, since I'm commenting for the first time, there is something you should now about your amazing powers: I've gotten my straight sister to love tank top Tuesday. You are that kind of good.


amkonet at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I have a feeling this post will get a lot of comments. :)

One of my favorites is Possession. It's a little creepy and well...possessive. :) But what can you do, it's a great song with some powerful lyrics.

I'd love a copy of her newest CD. Where do you get all these copies to give away?

dana522 at gmail dot com

Judith said...

Hee! I'd love a copy. I can relive middle school, which only sounds good ten years later.

judithavory@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I like her B side album. She's playing MixFest in Boston soon but I'm pretty sure it clashes with women's week in P-Town which is like a lesbian mecca for MA.

Anyway here's my email address puff614 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Wow! Thanks. That's tremendously generous of you.

SM. Who better to listen to when you're in love...or have broken heart?

jill at bartel dot com

Anonymous said...

i love her!

ksteelm2 at illinois dot edu

Maggie said...

Hooray for Sarah!

mkeenanb at gmail dot com

ordinaryfreak said...

Pick me!! I don't have any great stories involving her music because I don't really have any great stories about anything. Pick someone who has a boring life!!!
ordinaryfreak at myway dot com

Jamie said...

I'd love a copy! I even like listening to her Christmas album...it doesn't even have to be December ;-)

jslade83 at comcast dot net

Tina-cious.com said...

Eh... give it to the next girl. ;)

a_parody said...

me, me, me!!!! please?

my favorite sarah story -- i met my first girlfriend on a mailing list about her. i know that's a little lame, but i was a 17 year old baby dyke.

i totally owe my gayness to sarah.

a_parody at yahoo dot com

Blondie said...

Oh my, yes!! Our friends named their cat Adia...wish I'd thought of that!

tex and blondie at gmail dot com.

andreachiu said...

I was a HUGE Sarah McLachlan fan and have pretty much all of her albums so I won't put my hat into the ring. I will, however, say HOT DAMN! Sarah's got ab muscles? I can't believe the woman has had two babies.

Jess said...

oooh.. yes please! Love me some Sarah!

justjero at gmail dot com

imthey said...

I too love Sarah McLachlan and have always hoped that she played for our team... is it wrong that the news of her divorce gave me a tinge of hope that with Sarah back on the market perhaps she'll finally find her way over to our team? I know, I know, but I can't help myself. That voice of hers is just so damn hypnotic and no matter the song I always feel changed after listening to Sarah!

imthey@gmail.com

long beach kelster said...

My favorite SM song is "When She Loved Me".
When I bought my first SM album I swore she was a lesbian and was writing all about the experiences that I was going through trying to come out and cope with that experience. Wishful thinking but it still got me through that time in my life and I am forever grateful to her musical talents.
Would love the new one! Thanks DS!
ksrich343 at yahoo dot com

Vikki said...

How exciting! Fumbling Towards Ecstasy was the soundtrack to the breakup of my first serious relationship. Good times!

vikki@uppoppedafox.com

Dianna said...

Ahhh...Sarah brings back memories of college for me too.. Too many drunken nights singing 'Ice Cream' to my friends at the top of my lungs. 'Possession' is still my all time favorite (even though it was inspired by her stalker).
Please.... :)

Dianna said...

forgot to leave my email.
dianna.blaylock@gmail.com

Katie said...

There's an assload of Sarah McLachlan songs that I love, but having just finished an exhaustive (and amazing) Buffy marathon, I have to say I really love "Prayer of St Francis" that plays at the end of the season 6 finale. Even though it's all religified...it's still pretty!

katie dot lind at gmail dot com

:)

surfiz67 said...

I know I'm far, I know it, but plese as a gift to your italian readers, may I have it! Please pretty please!!! ciao

eletta dot pardini at lunet dot it

Betsey said...

Fav song would have to be her version of The Beatles song, "Blackbird." It's on the DVD from the Afterglow Live album. Yeah, I have a concert on DVD, JEALOUS?!?
betsey 5025 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

ooh, yes. LOVE me some Sarah McLachlan. I confess to feeling a little frisson when I realized the person I was so very, very interested in had not one but two copies of “Fumbling Toward Ecstasy”... we're still together 8 years later :o)

email: pirateteg @ yahoo dot com

thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Sarah in Chicago said...

The second woman I ever fell in love with, 'Fumbling' and 'Mirrorball' were out albums, and when she broke my heart three years later, they were similarly my breakup soundtrack.

McLachlan is one of those women that you just so think just SHOULD be a lesbian ... it's a total travesty.

sarah_hendrica at hotmail

Megan said...

All of Sarah's albums are the soundtrack to various points in my life! mkswett at gmail dot com

Allison said...

Sarah is my long-time love in music. Surfacing completely defined my high school years, haha.

omnia_extares13 at hotmail dot com.

thank you!

Maya said...

I'd love it! Her love is most definitely better than ice cream!

My email address is: maya.genis@gmail.com

YoungWithoutYouth said...

It does slightly tickle me that there are far more comments to giveaway posts than any other, but then again, I'm so in on it all.

youngwithoutyouth@live.co.uk

Anonymous said...

Ah, "I Will Remember You" great!!

stageleft0 at comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

My favorite song is "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" because of the words that speak so clearly to me these days. Those being "If I feel a tear I won't cage it, and if I feel a rage I won't deny it, I won't fear love." Because I'm in love with someone!!!!!!!!!!! And it's awesome and scary!!!

greatpowerfuloz98@hotmail.com

megan said...

merganfrog@gmail.com and that bathing suit is totally from victoria secret.

Anonymous said...

Irony... my iPod was playing Sarah as I read your blog.

I've loved Sarah for years. A good story... hmmm. I was dating a woman who called and sang Possession into my answering machine. I don't think she quite understood the song. We didn't last long. ;-) Then my next gf and I broke up right after a Sarah McLachlan concert. Good times. ;-)

silntbrd at ix dot netcom dot com

Vanessa said...

My favorite Sarah McLachlan song has to be "Stupid" - "Possession" is pretty bad ass too.

McFracky at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

ok... This is personal "ms dontcomitmurder"... I can be cute AND funny AND tell a lovely and overwhelming lovestory related to Ms SM... ok: MAYBE not overwhelming for everyone but me, but here we go:
Madrid, 2003, a young girl from Canary Island is introduced to her first.lesbian.ever... and they stay together for ... ejem...ok: not THAT long, but we dance SM in my living room and for the first time in my life I felt like home...

Anonymous said...

My fiancee & I are walking down the aisle to "Better Than Chocolate". October 19, 2008. I can't wait!!!!

dreenme at sbcglobal dot net

Bean said...

Love, love, LOVE Sarah. I've seen her in concert exactly once but still remember it. I didn't know this album was coming out so I'm very excited.

sabrinamhc90 AT verizon DOT net

Anonymous said...

Love Sarah McLachlan...how can you not?

Cgquack@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Oh yes please! Sign me up for sending me Sarah...er...her CD please!!!

Personally I think she's a lesbian favourite because she looks amazing in short hair AND long hair and of course can sing! Also you've got to love someone who names a women's only concert after Lilith!

Best Lilith Fair story for me was standing behind this huge guy about 50 rows back who was screaming "I LOVE YOU SARAH!" throughout the whole concert. I'm pretty sure she couldn't hear him but I couldn't be mad either...I was thinking the same thing!

squirrelpride at yahoo dot ca

Lotje said...

To be truly honest, I actually only know two of Sarah's songs and somehow never felt the need to take a better listen although I do like her voice (*gasp*! Shame on me, I know). So maybe now is a good time to start...

4lotje at gmail dot com
Dankjewel ;-)

ハリー said...

The best part was that I was listening to "Elsewhere" when I decided to check your blog. Talk about strange coincidences~

^_^ Anyway, I would love a CD, and if I'm lucky enough to get one, you would fill my little heart with joy~

email: htolo@email.smith.edu

Kristy said...

i have too many sarah stories to tell. however, my favorite part of this post is that i have the EXACT same bikini as sarah (it's from victoria's secret). sigh.
kristymccray at hotmail dot com

Petey said...

I accept! Er, that is, I ask nicely to be one of the randomly-chosen prizewinners.

peteymigs at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I love it love it love it! And I triple quadruple love Sarah. Lilith Fair bring such happy memories back! What an amazing experience...I would love a copy of the greatest hits cd!! I wish, oh how I wish she'd come out with 10 new songs.
sguest12@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

love Sarah - better than mint choc chip! one for me please, yes? thepinballqueen [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

oooohhh yaaay! i loove her.

email: phedre305@yahoo.com

dc said...

She's my home girl. Yes, we live in the same town, Vancouver. No I haven't bumped into her...yet. But I am related to her by 4 degrees of separation :) My gf knows the sis of her(soon to be)ex-hubbie.

Her voice is truly mesmerizing.

I would LOVE to have her new album. No, I did not experience Lilith Fair, sigh. I was not yet living on this continent when they happened.

dachoo28@gmail.com

Silvy said...

Can I have it simply because I am outside of the US, where it's not released yet?

Never went to Lillith Fair but did see Sarah in concert in Paris about 2 years ago!

SVluggen at yahoo dot com

Trihardist said...

Forget the CD. That picture is enough to make me fall in love with this blog all over again.

My favorite song of Sarah's is anything sung by a collegiate a cappella group. Don't ask me why, but for some reason her music lends itself really well to a cappella arrangements.

And, oddly enough, the (ostensibly straight) girl who I wish was my girlfriend knows and cares WAY more about Lilith Fair than I do. Life's ironic and sucky that way.

Anonymous said...

I love, love, love Adia! And Sarah McLachlan. Yay for non-second rate Canadian sounds!

stolenstationary at gmail dotcom

J9 said...

Holy crap Batman! That bikini is HOT!!!

I was at the Paramount in Oakland, with the girl I was seriously crushing on at the time, who claimed she was str8, but the way she sang along to Adia... I still wonder.

I will hold off buying the newCD until I know if I've won it!

j9tigger at gmail.com

Anonymous said...

you pretty much don't have a soul if you don't love sarah.

parotcoop@aol.com

Penny Cillin said...

Picture it: The Talkeetna Blugrass festival, Alaska, the year was 1996. Two amazing girls. One just out of high school, the other home from college for the summer. They were as deeply in love as one could possibly be at 18 and 20. The rain pours down as they hold each other tight inside their tent. With the door unzipped they peer directly into the tent of their two gay boyfriends, who stare back and sing to them, beautifully and harmoniously, Ice Cream by Sarah McLachlan. Sigh. It is an incredible memory.

Anyway. How 'bout them abs?
tlpeace *at* hotmail *dot* com

Cate said...

Two of my favorites would be "World on Fire" and "Witness". For some reason, her music is the perfect companion to fangirling. I've used quotes from her songs on icons, and I used "Answer" in a Thirteen/Cameron fanmix. Loving the blog, especially all the Tina Fey :D. I always check your blog and afterellen first when I go online :).

babydykecate at gmail dot com

tlsintx said...

Bring back Lilith Fair!!!!
I saw the house Sarah bought for her parents in Vancouver on a city tour once...
i love her and hope she turns gay :)

telliott79 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

love Sarah, would love her CD !

antk8 at att dot net

Chach said...

I went to every single Lilith Fair in California. Sarah McLachlan's music means so much to me! Listening to Fumbling toward Ecstasy is rather bittersweet for me, but I love it just the same. That music brings back such vivid memories of one particular person and a time in my life that changed everything. Sigh.

chach97@yahoo.com

Anne said...

On our first date four and a half years ago, my now-partner and I sat in her truck in a restaurant parking lot until 3 a.m. talking and listening to Sarah's album "Afterglow" over and over again. Every time we hear "Fallen", we have to stop and slow dance.

maestra1985@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

My favorite Sarah story is when she stole her best friend's husband and married him.

RHEA said...

hubbaduh at gmail.com

I feel better knowing that I'm not the only one whose 'soundtrack to college' was predominantly filled with Sarah's music....

Julie said...

I loved Sarah until I listened her during a relationship and then during a tough break-up...now listening to her sends me into the throws of depression!!

This Mom said...
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This Mom said...

I would LOVE to be chosen for this!
btmommy@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I just wish the Lilith Fair oncerts had come to europe - i watched the video which i'm sure captures only a fraction of the special!
So this is me crossing my fingers & hoping to win a copy of your CD giveaway

FeltHat (er in the UK - will that be a problem ?!)

LBradbrook1@aol.com

AGM said...

I love her for the self-loathing. And I love that when I first came out, my friend told me that it a very lesbian thing to like her. I hadn't heard this confirmed until you did today!

ameliamanderscheid at gmail dot com

Celia said...

I know I'm at the moment stuck in Hungary. But this goes way back in time. I've been doing that gay gal thing since 16. Oh, the joy of teenaging over "Fast Car" and "Sorry" and longing for the right girl swoop me away.Continouing my road in through the twenties with Indigo Girls and Tori Amos, shouting all those gay anthems at different gay bars in my home town on the weekends. I've even worked in a couple of those places for a while. Really getting into the cultural jucies of lesbian sisterhood.. I have Norways big lesbo obviouse Anne Grete Preus together with others must-haves in Scandi countries as Ane Brun and Eva Dahlgren. KD and Missy are there too. Together with strong minded Sinead, Skunk Anansi, Bjørk. Pretty typical scandi gay gal stuff. But not Sarah McLachlan. The list goes on and on. But somehow it slipped me completly. And I know her music floats around in every lesbo loft around the whole of Scandinavia. So it is really not that. And normally I do pay attention, and have a good idea of what ms Snarker is on about most of the time. But this time. No. It was Sarah McLachlan which would stamp the Q-mark in my forehead. And I am just uncertain what to do. You know that feeling when you've been missing out on something so long that you might as well continue not to be a part of it.

Well, I'll maybe just give it a go when I pop by Norway next time. Seeming from the respons here, it could actually lead to something ;)

I have seen the female Hungarian post officers. And I know things in the mail tend to disappear in Hungary from time to time. And so with these to factors, I'm not even gonna ask.

But as always: Love your blogg, and a part of your Norwegian fan club. Keep on posting!

This is fiction. said...

Wow, isn't it hilarious how the amount of comments suddenly increases as soon as you've got something materialistic to offer? Well, not that there's anything wrong with that, just wondering...;

And...Love your blog! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

i want the sarah machlachlan CD! pick me pick me!!!!
please!!!
thinkdamnit@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love her!

lkc126 at comcast dot net

Anonymous said...

love some sarah! email - ljplayspoker at gmail dot com

marya said...

sarah's my homegirl!! haha.. seriously though, we're from the same place.. just for that, shouldn't i get a copy by default? :P

maryamd 86 at hotmail dot com

Brooke said...

i was there :)

bmcampb@gmail.com

kirsten said...

Oooh, Oooh, I'm in...!

gurdypi at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

"Do What You Have To Do" is my favorite Sarah song. After hearing that song I realized I was in love with a girl. My first unrequited love... ah the memories. Sarah's voice is so beautiful it breaks my heart (in a good way).

popkulture318 at yahoo dot com

Daña said...

I would love to receive Sarah's greatest hits!!! Thanks for having the contest...

HollyGolightly said...

Sarah really is "better than ice cream". She is my first recognized full-fledged lesbian crush. I remember listening to "Good Enough" over and over again trying to decipher if the songwriter (at the time an unknown to me) was a lesbian or not.

"She's singing to another woman, right?!" we would explore carefully with each other, as to not out ourselves.

She is amazing and you, Ms. Snarker, are amazing as well. Keep up the great work. Your writings are witty and very, very enjoyable.

claudinesanchez at yahoo dot com

Srita. Rocanrol said...

I alwas read your blog, but I never comment, I thought this would be a perfect pretext to do so

here's my e-mail:

srita.rocanrol@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I remeber that her concert was the first BIG date me and my GF went to together. 8 1/2 years later, we are still together and the memory still makes me smile.

imcausintrouble at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

zeenie75@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I thought I was the only one who had a drunken karaoke Adia moment! It was my only karaoke experience ever. The people I was with put my name on the list when I went to the bathroom. I swear.

jelhicks at hotmail dot com

let me dance said...

ds, i wish i have one!

Anonymous said...

"Ice Cream"
You scream.. oh, yessss!
We all scream for Sarah!

and with an old flame... "Possession"


nueparadigm (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

"Ice Cream"
You scream.. oh, yessss!
We all scream for Sarah!

and with an old flame... "Possession"


nueparadigm (at) yahoo (dot) com

Anonymous said...

oops, didn't mean to post twice...
sorry about that....

must of needed two scoops... :)

let me dance said...

ah! i forgot to write down the email..hoho-

mine is samyong00@gmail.com
the 00 is number~

thank you! (^-^)

Chi said...

Ooh pretty please give it to me! chioma@gmail.com.


My fav Sarah song is "do what you have to do". That song, and the surfacing album in general, got me through the hardest and most traumatic break-up that i've ever had (and hope never to experience again). Sarah is just amazing and so are you for doing this--thanks!

dalila said...

i would love to have her cd!!!
my favorite song possesion the hidden track, just sarah and the piano.

jklnjo24@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I love the blog, and I would REALLY love the album!

caravan420 at yahoo.com

pyewacket said...

What!?! Only 90+ comments? lol

Believe it or not, I never got to Lilith Fair and was just bemoaning that fact this morning after seeing Sarah perform on Regis and Kelly.

While Sarah McLachlan has sung the soundtrack of both love found and love lost for me...with Angel, I truly found some comfort there when I lost my best friend.

It still touches my heart and brings tears to my eyes.

pyewacket88 at yahoo dot com

Melissa said...

Picture it, Ohio 1998, my first "girlfriend" drops me like a hot potato for another girl after 1 month. I lay on my parents couch sobbing like a baby listening to Full Of Grace and Song For A Winters Night off Rarities, B Sides And Other Stuff. So sad :( Now you can make me really happy by shooting a CD my way!!! Pretty please?

melissaafuller at gmail dot com

TheWeyrd1 said...

WOW...100 comments and counting! I saw Sarah and one of my long time friends, Melanie Susuras, sharing the stage for the Lilith Faire in Denver when it came through. I also saw K's Choice, Indigo Girls, Sheryl Crowe and it was the first time I'd ever seen the Dixie Chicks live. TheWeryrd1 at gmail.

Lopey said...

Oh god, Sarah McLachlan has been my favorite musician since I was a kid. She literally defined my childhood and her songs can always bring me back there, while pulling me into a space where I feel completely centered. Her voice and her music is so incredible and transcendent...I can't even justify it with words because they can't really express the feeling. But you know.

That said, I would LOVE that cd!

alizaaaay@yahoo.com

Shasta said...

hmmmmm, my greedy self would love a cd!

So here's my ridiculously lame Sarah/Lilith Fair story. So here I am, in the pouring rain at Lilith Fair and listening to a song (pretty sure is was Sarah and not Amy and Emily, totally sure it wasn't the Dixie Chicks!) and realizing that my crazy self needs to tell a good friend that I'm in love with her. Oh, take it back! Take it back! It went soooo badly. Epically, hilariously, you wouldn't even believe it badly! Therapy anyone?

But, Lilith Fair was deeply awesome, both times I got to go. Sad for Sarah that her marriage hasn't lasted, but wishing her all the best. And dang, wear that bikini at Kits beach!
heyshasta at shaw dot ca

Eva said...

Great post. My reaction to the photo at the end: "Damn."

bedofclover at icqmail dot com

Anonymous said...

woowwww

jvictoria_24@hotmail.com

GrinMistress said...

Ahhh, Dorothy, you temptress! And Sarah, you sexy bundle of uber-creative human goodness...

My reason? Well, other than the fact that she sent the Looks & Talent Gurgle-meter wayyy into the red zone w/her very first album in 1988, I have to say it was the 4, count 'em, FOUR encores at her concert in Chicago!

Gurgle Plus! Count me in!

geekgal813 at gmail.com

*cosmic freak* said...

Owh ... Its definitely better than ice cream, chocolate and better than anything I've ever tasted.

I wouldn't want to opt for winning the CD, cos you had to mail courier it to Malaysia if Lady Luck did even love me. Haha.

My favourite would be "Ice Cream" and "Do What You Have To Do" because when it comes to love, I'm just a sappy bitch.

Anonymous said...

Your blog has epitomized all my loves...Sarah McLachlan, Tina Fey, Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Gillian Anderson... I get so excited when I read your blogs and view pics of the lovely, lovely ladies.

As with so many others, Sarah's music has helped me through the rough patches and she is my favorite artist by far. I've seen her at least a dozen times live and am always awed by how amazing she is live. Thanks for posting the bikini pic...she is looking as gorgeous as ever!

fallen1014 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Do I ever want one! I love Sarah (both my partner and McLachlan).

A_L_I_E_N89 at hotmail dot com

katyb3 said...

Oh Yeah... I was in the house at Lilith Fair! it was amazing to be in the presence of such strong women... and Sarah was better than ice cream;)...
I must have worn through three copies of 'Fumbling' during the college years!!

katyb3@mac.com

A fawning sycophant said...

Summer makes me drowsy.
Autumn makes me sing.
Winter's pretty lousy,
But it'd be more tolerable if you sent me a disc!

That didn't work, did it?

molawlor at yahoo dotcom

Keri said...

OMG this woman is better than ice cream. Serve me up a big bowl of Sarah with whip cream and a cherry! I can't wait to get this CD!

All through college as I was "finding myself" Sarah's CDs were either in my boombox, walkman or car cd player. I LOVE HER! As a musician her songs are so easy to sing.

That voice melts my heart! Those eyes...mmm mmm mmm!

Anonymous said...

I remember going to a Newport Folk Festival one year and Sarah McLachlan performed as well as the Indigo Girls. It was fantastic! Maybe those were the pre-Lillith days...

sonia said...

soniafangster at gmail dot com

So conflicted. Free CD? Yes! Leave my email on a public forum? Noooo! Ahhh. I guess one can't lose.

chels said...

ooh! i'm all in for this one! sarah is my favorite artist ever.

elektrafied at gmail dot com

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quew said...

Oh, wow, a free copy? That would be wonderful, and very generous of you to give up your time going through all these comments to find the five random winners! :)

I'm afraid I don't have a good story, but 'Do What You Have To Do' is definitely my terrible break-up song :)

hannah(underscore)faver(at)hotmail dot co uk

(I hope being in the UK doesn't preclude me being included in the draw :))

kristy said...

Actually I have several lesbo stories that include Sarah McLachlan songs...however, the one thing that I can credit to Sarah McLachlan besides being the soundtrack to my tortured little soul is when my grandmother was dying. All I kept repeating over and over was "Hold on. Hold on to yourself...This is gonna hurt like hell..." And I know it was totally out of context of the meaning of the song, but it was like a calm mantra for me. It helped immensely. I love Sarah even more now.

kristy dot k dot pegram at navy dot mil

Kay said...

"Elsewhere"!!! But I'm a hasbian and the cd should really go to a practicing lesbiana. :'-(

ravaj said...

just dropping my name in the hat as well ...

ravaj at brandeis dot edu

lilith fair. not lucky enough to be there in person. lucky enough to have some imagination :-)

have a great weekend

Anonymous said...

Fave SM song would be 'Ol 55' from the soundtrack 'Boys on the Side' (The THIRD reason lesbians love Sarah?) My first discovery of Sarah and I couldn't stop playing it.

starflapper at hotmail dot com

The Notorious H.A.M. said...

I would like a CD, if you happen to select me.

Here is my favorite Sarah story:

I lived in Vegas for six years, and once I played blackjack with Sarah. At the time, I wasn't totally sure it was her. It was just the two of us on a table at a smaller casino (wow, that part sounds a lot hotter than the actual event), and she was very, very inebriated. I recognized her instantly but it took me awhile to finally ask her if she was "the" Sarah. She said no and said she gets it all the time, but something about it wasn't very convincing. However, every time I looked at her I just couldn't believe how much she looked like Sarah, so a few minutes later I said, "Are you sure you're not Sarah McLachlan?" in a lightly teasing sort of way. She again denied it, but she went on to throw out all of these weird "facts" about Sarah that meant that she couldn't possible be the real Sarah. The only one I can remember well anymore is that she said that she was Canadian, and that Sarah McLachlan was from Ohio - really? Ohio? Now, honestly, what Canadian in 2002 wouldn't know that international singing star Sarah McLachlan was also Canadian? I said, "No, I'm pretty sure she's from Canada," and she just gave me this look that sort of said "yeah, you got me" but could have just been wishful thinking on my part. At any rate, the whole time I was talking to her, the only thing that made me question myself was the sound of this woman's voice. It had a very distinct sound that was not bad or anything, but just not what I would have expected Sarah's speaking voice to sound like. It was slightly accented and hard to describe, but it really stuck out in my mind, and it occurred to me that I had never really heard her speak (just singing and some random shout-outs to the crowd and stuff). A little while later, the woman left the table (a little stumbly, I might add, but kind of adorable at the same time) and joined a couple of guys who also looked just a little bit too wealthy to be at that particular casino. The dealer smiled at me and said, "She sure did look like Sarah McLachlan," and we laughed but I pretty much dismissed the event after telling a few friends about it.

A few years later, I was doing laundry and had the TV on in the background. A commercial came on and all of a sudden I heard that woman's voice. I came rushing out of the laundry room, and there was Sarah McLachlan doing that commercial for the ASPCA and I knew it! Finally, after something like five years later I could confirm that I had been right and had in fact played blackjack with Sarah. There was no mistaking that voice, and now I can declare with certainty that drunken Sarah McLachlan is a mediocre blackjack player.

The Notorious H.A.M. said...

Sorry, forgot my email address.

thenotoriousham at gmail dot com

Liz said...

I swear I didn't leave it til the last minute on purpose. I tried leaving a comment a couple of days ago but it didn't work.

Anyway, I came across the Surfacing CD of Sarah's this very past weekend in my bedroom, covered in a beautiful layer of dust and it brought back so many memories.

I remember a few years ago a commercial in which Sarah McLachlin was holding a young child's hand and Adia was playing in the background. It caused me to tear up and my kids wondered what was wrong with me. Every time they hear Sarah's name mentioned, they bring that up. It's great to have kids, really!!

l.court at hotmail.com