“Nothing compares to U” Sinéad O’Connor

Although Prince wrote that track, Sinéad made it her own, not to mention the catalog of her own songs that tug at the soul. I saw her perform live at Lilith Fair at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Washington State, one of the most beautiful concert venues in the world. She sang a capella to end her set. It was the most haunting and amazing performance, with the sun setting behind her reflecting the breathtaking colors of the massive canyons of the gorge.

And…that remix of I Want Your (Hands On Me) with MC Lyte was THE party song!

She had a hard life, suffering abuse as a child, and having her own child die. She lived with the backlash of her iconic moment in ’92 when she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II and said, “Fight the real enemy,” while performing on “Saturday Night Live.” I saw it live on TV and was in awe. She was protesting child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. It was brave and badass.

The more things change…