Sarah McLachlan & The October Game

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Sarah McLachlan & The October Game

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Sarah McLachlan - VH1 Storytellers [2003]

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2003

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Sarah McLachlan - VH1 Storytellers [2003] ???

I started playing ukelele when I was four years old. Pretty much because I was in love with Joan Baez. My mother was really into folk music and that was the kind of stuff she was playing and so that's what I was introduced to. Stuff like Joan Baez, Cat Stevens, Simon and Garfunkle - a lot of old, traditional folk music and I fell in love with it. So I got a ukelele and started taking ukelele lessons and then moved on to acoustic guitar when I was big enough to hold on to one. I always loved music, I took lots of lessons. I took piano lessons and voice lessons as I got older as well. More than anything it was to learn how to play the instrument, though. The only thing that was available to be taught at the time was classical music and I enjoyed it to a certain extent but it certainly wasn't my passion.

When I was seventeen I joined a band called The October Game in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I'm from. It was a Sunday a week thing, I was allowed to go out and rehearse with these guys and we had three gigs in the history of our existence and the first gig was opening up for a Vancouver based band called Mauve, and essentially Nettwerk Records started to support this band, and the guy who was the guitar player at the time heard me sing, wanted me to join his band. My mother and father had a fit because I was barely getting through high school and they wanted me to finish high school and go to university and get a normal job. Music was a fun hobby and a nice diversion but not something to be taken seriously like that. Of course it was my dream so I was so angry that they wouldn't let me go, but in retrospect it was a really good thing because I continued on ... the band sort of fell apart. Everybody was going to university, we didn't have any money or any time to stick together. But, I continued making music and they approached me two years later, Network Records, and offered me a five record deal based really on that one show when they heard me sing. And I said to them I've never really written a complete song in my life are you sure you want to do this, and they said well yes - just come out to Vancouver, we'll give you an eight-track and just see what happens. I was really, really lucky. I was in the right place at the right time and I got this handed to me on a silver platter, and obviously I had to have enough talent to sustain and keep it going, but I was incredibly lucky.

Basically, when I had the record contract offered to me, I'd always found great joy and solace in music and I was perfectly happy doing other people's music. At the same time I'd always been writing little bits of things but I'd never really had the discipline to sit down and write a whole song. I'd never felt there'd been any reason for it, and the contract was - OK, you're supposed to write a record - I guess I'd better get to work. And I really had no clue what I was doing it was just trial and error. I'd been rehearsing for this my whole life and at nineteen I didn't have any fear. I don't remember having any fear, anyway, it was just terribly exciting. The thrill of my life. My dream come true, and so I just threw myself into it. Granted I had a lot of fun hanging around Vancouver and exploring and I didn't work as hard as I probably should have, but that was mainly because I was following my instinct and I felt I had to let these things come out naturally, and its the same way I've always worked and it's ended up usually taking me a year and a half to make a record.

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