Today we are traveling to Dublin, Ireland to visit with singer-songwriter (and all-around badass musician, performer, and woman) SINEAD O'CONNOR.
Sinead O'Connor rose to fame in my college years (the eighties) with her debut album, The Lion and the Cobra. Songs like "Mandinka," "I Want Your (Hands On Me)," and "Troy" were popular on college radio, and she won a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance. O'Connor's second album, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, included the massive international hit "Nothing Compares 2U," a song written by Prince that was perfect for her emotive, scorching voice. O'Connor went on to record seven more albums, including this year's How About I Be Me (and You Be You)? Twenty-five years later, as you can see from the performance we're viewing today, Sinead O'Connor still trumpets her signature sound, attitude, and energy.
Sinead O'Connor has lived at the center of significant controversy throughout her career, publicly denouncing the Catholic Church, speaking out against child abuse and war, and championing women's rights. She continues to address social issues in Ireland, and speaks openly about her own mental health diagnoses and in support of others struggling similarly. Her music and performance, however, rises above it all. Sinead O'Connor is a musical treasure in my view, and she is aging beautifully and with admirable ferocity.
Our song for today is "The Wolf Is Getting Married," from her latest album, and this is a wonderful live performance from the Graham Norton Show earlier this year. Please enjoy this incredible vocal performance from Sinead O'Connor and let her inspire you!
Your smile makes me smile,
your laugh makes me laugh,
your joy gives me joy,
and your hope gives me hope.
Even when something terrible is happening,
you laugh and that's the thing I love
about you most of all.
(Editor's note: I love her. Can you tell? LOVE.)