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Sarah McLachlan on recording her third album in 1993

The Story

Sarah McLachlan says It's been a while since she performed for an audience. But after she plays a solo piano version of a new song, Possession, the applause from a CBC studio audience proves she hasn't lost a beat. As the cheers subside, host Ralph Benmergui asks 25-year-old McLachlan about the process of recording her second album and how she learned to sing.

Medium: Television
Broadcast Date: March 26, 1993
Program: Friday Night! with Ralph Benmergui
Host: Ralph Benmergui
Guest: Sarah McLachlan
Duration: 3:22

Did You know?

• McLachlan was recording Fumbling Towards Ecstasy at the time of this interview; it was released later in 1993. The song she discusses in this clip, Possession, is on the album twice: a full-band version leading off, and the solo piano version as a hidden bonus track at the end.

• A March 1994 profile in Maclean's magazine noted that Possession was written after McLachlan placed a restraining order on an obsessed fan who moved to Vancouver to be closer to her. "It was a kind of therapy, putting myself in the shoes of someone like that," McLachlan told the magazine. "It helped me deal with a very unnerving situation.''




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