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MusicSinger/songwriter Sarah McLachlan here! My new holiday album Wonderland just came out. Ask Me Anything!

Nov 29th 2016 by _SarahMcLachlan • 23 Questions • 169 Points

Hi Reddit, I’m Sarah McLachlan – Canadian singer, songwriter and pianist. I just released my new album Wonderland full of some of my favorite holiday classics. I can’t wait to chat with you, ask me anything!

Proof: https://twitter.com/SarahMcLachlan/status/799639151838695429

Q:

Have you ever seen a man eat his own head?

A:

not recently


Q:

Is it true you have a Alanis Morrissette Voodoo Doll?

A:

we made one for each other


Q:

If you can choose one, what was the defining moment in your career?

A:

Lilith Fair


Q:

hi, thanks for doing this! my question is, who are some of your favorite fellow artists from canada?

A:

Joni Mitchell, Feist, The Wkend, Neil Young, Justin Bieber to name a few


Q:

What's your favorite holiday song to sing?

A:

Silent Night


Q:

So i looked you up and saw you were from Canada. Whats the most remote place you've been to?

A:

The Cook Islands


Q:

Hi Sweet Sarah! I'm going through a really rough patch right now. My dog passed a couple of weeks ago, then the love of my life left me last week. Rough, right. I have been on a marathon of your CD's since my house was quiet after Thanksgiving, and I love that you enjoy Pema Chodron too! When things fall apart is really my bible... when I can see through the tears. Any other suggestions you have? I know I will get through this, but I'm struggling right now <3

A:

oh my god, I was going to say, go out and get all the Pema Chodron books, but you've got the best one! I know its hard but the only way out is through. Good luck and be kind to yourself


Q:

Hey Sarah Would you ever do a full album of other people's songs suggested by fans? Will you tour in the U.K. Again? I saw you in 2004 and you blew me away with your phenomenal talent ❤️ Thanks for everything your music has done for me in my life :)

A:

send me a list, you never know...


Q:

Really love the posts of you hiking, doing the grind, etc. Do people/fans approach you in public in Vancouver, or are you able to live a 'normal' existence while at home?

A:

everyone is pretty chill in Vancouver, I think they are used to seeing me(-: my life there is pretty simple and people are very respectful


Q:

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

What prompted you to do this holiday album?

A:

doing more of the same staying home with my teenager


Q:

Would you ever do an album of harpsichord music?

A:

maybe when I'm dead


Q:

As a lyrical artist and soulful performer, do you feel any kind of calling to help bring some light to us in the US in the difficult days ahead? We need you now more than ever.

(Not that that's a lot to ask of a working mom.)

A:

i find whats happening in America very scary but also very revealing of a huge chasm that we all need to help find a bridge for, the only way to win is with love...I know that sounds corny but an olive branch has to be offered by someone, our hearts need to try and stay open


Q:

What do you look forward to most about the holiday season?

A:

food, family, singing


Q:

Loved your Shine On album - any reason why you didn't play any of it during your tour with Josh Grobin?

A:

I did, where were you? :)


Q:

Hi. Thank you for you sweet voice And incredible songs. Do you have any intention to perform in Brazil someday?

A:

would love to come to Brazil


Q:

whats your favorite song on the album??

A:

really hard to name one, but I really love Heron Carol


Q:

Do you still carry Starbursts in your purse? Do you have a favourite candy?

A:

um, maybe :)


Q:

Who was your favorite character in Hamilton? Who did you feel that you related to the most?

A:

well, I loved Alexander, and his ambition and drive but really everyone on the cast was stellar! I was overcome and bawling by the end as it is a rare thing to see great art happening right in front of you....


Q:

Are you always as calm and subdued as your music makes you seem? What makes the real Sarah McLachlan rage?

A:

ha! I've got you fooled(-: I'm pretty chill but ignorance and bullying gets me riled up


Q:

I see you mentioned that you have kids. Do they have any interest in becoming musicians? Thanks for making great music btw

A:

my girls are both lovely singers but the older one is not interested, the jury is out with the younger one who loves perform and is an extrovert


Q:

Excited to read that you will be writing some new material through 2017! A MUCH deserved rest for you! I don't think there will be any Sarah McLachlan mutiny forming while you are away! :)

Any funny tour bus shenanigans that you can share?

A:

I'm so wild and crazy, about 5 minutes after we get off stage, I'm in the bus, in my jammies, and if my kids are with me, I'm in their bunk reading stories to them


Q:

How do you feel about the way everyone politicizes things these day? For example your post on facebook about Hamilton devolved into political argument rapidly.

A:

I think everyone is very charged and polarized right now in the wake of the election and whether we like it or not, Trump is president and we all have to figure out how we as citizens can continue to exact positive change in our worlds and try to find ways to bridge the gap... when we have such strong opposing views, we both become fanatic and radical...and that often shuts down any chance of finding some common ground, the only chance for positive forward movement...there is a lot of healing that needs to happen in this country and a lot that needs to be fixed, true but somethings gotta give...I dont have any answers but I know that holding on to anger and resentment only hurts us in the end and its better to try and find a way to release it, let it go and move forward thoughtfully and mindfully, try to do no harm and be kind...but the only way out is through, I'm so tired, I'm sure I'm rambling and making little sense so I'm going to stop there...


Q:

What was the most lyrically or melodically challenging song you've had to write? And do you usually write the melody or lyrics first?

A:

I almost always write melody first but often a few words creep in and then, if they feel strong, I will try and look deeper into why I said that and where could I go with that...its a discovery, searching, looking under rocks etc...