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August 31, 2023 : Wondercab Mini (49A)
I feel like a surprising lot of us have found ourselves surprisingly shaken by the sublime Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor’s passing toward the end of this past July. Myself I can’t stop thinking about her, delving deep into her back catalog of videos and recordings, sifting through the tributes of others of her heartbroken fans, pondering details of her life largely unknown to me previously or else somehow forgotten (particularly her harrowing childhood, and the shimmering lifework she nevertheless managed to wrest from the wreckage), the haunted haunting crystal clarity of that voice, the haunting haunted deep-soulfulness of its witness.
Anyway, I thought I’d share with you here a trill of three videos in particular.
The first, an appearance by another fine Irish singer, Imelda May, on the Dublin version of the Late Late Show about six years ago, in which May recalled for the show’s host the first time she’d encountered O’Connor in the dressing room of her own show, about a year earlier:
YouTube being YouTube, it’s of course possible to summon up Sinead’s resultant appearance on Ms. May’s show, an impromptu duet between the two of them, covering Fats Domino’s 1950 blues classic, “Every Night Around This Time”:
And then, from just a few weeks ago, a passage from Ms. May’s appearance at last month’s Cambridge Folk Festival, in which her honoring of her suddenly fallen hero by way of a calling out of O’Connor’s own 1990 breakout cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2U” presently enlists a heartrending response from the wider audience :
Rest in peace, Sinéad, rest in peace.
See you next week!