Song Sunday: Ice (Sarah McLachlan)

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“The only comfort is the moving of the river…”

This Sunday night’s playlist submission was never released. The 8th track from her album Fumbling Towards Ecstasy, it has no chart information. Sarah was already a star in her native Canada but, this album was her breakthrough in the US, exploding on the scene when her first track, Possession, was released. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1968, she was playing music, early, starting with a ukulele at age four. In high school, she was the singer for the short-lived band The October Game and, after finishing a year in college, signed a recording contract with Nettwerk without having written a single song.

This is another album/CD I have worn out. I can remember when Possession showed up on the radio and I first heard it. I was driving home from work and immediately went looking for her album. Her music has been used in many television shows and I remember her being on Charmed. Notable movies using her songs are City of Angels, Message in a Bottle, The Brave One and Four Christmases.

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5 thoughts on “Song Sunday: Ice (Sarah McLachlan)

    Auntysocial said:
    August 2, 2020 at 12:09 AM

    Ooh good shout 🙂 First time I heard Possession was when she was on the Jools Holland show and still relatively unknown. Loved it instantly but was disappointed when I bought the album and realised the studio album version is nowhere near as good as the piano only.

    It did include the acoustic piano version as a bonus track and her cover of “Blue” which I absolutely love to death possibly more than Joni Mitchell’s version if I’m honest.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      August 3, 2020 at 4:39 AM

      I’d have to disagree with you on Possession. I’ve heard it stripped down but, much prefer the studio version because, when it comes to music, I lean towards pieces that have layers and texture. I do have some simple songs but, the majority of my music collection is multiple instrumentation…preferably analog (hard to get in a digital world).

      I’d have to agree with you on Blue. Sarah is a master at layering her own voice. And, I am far from being a Joni Mitchell fan. Mitchell has quite a range (so does Sarah) but, her voice makes me want to stick ice picks in my ears.

    badfinger20 (Max) said:
    August 3, 2020 at 12:24 AM

    I like this..never heard it but like it.
    My favorite Sarah song is Building A Mystery…I turn that up to eleven and listen to it…the sound is great on that.

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      August 3, 2020 at 4:44 AM

      My fave Sarah song isn’t really hers. She was a guest singer:

        badfinger20 (Max) said:
        August 3, 2020 at 10:49 AM

        That is really good…her voice is in great form there…as always.

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