Sarah McLachlan Her first band was The October Game, fronted by her at age seventeen. She was offered her first recording contract before graduating high school. Her first recording was in 1988 and titled, “Touch”. This recording included her first hit “VOX”. With this first recording under her belt she began to tour as an opening act for the Grapes of Wrath. Solace, was her first mainstream breakthrough in 1991. These albums were followed by Fumbling Towards Ecstasy in 1993, Surfacing in 1997, Afterglow in 2003, Wintersong in 2006 and Laws of Illusion in 2010. There was also a live album released in 1999 entitled Mirrorball. This was released during a hiatus in which she stopped touring for six years between 1997 and 2003. She has appeared on Annie Lennox’s album, Songs of Mass Destruction, and on Dave Stewart’s Go Green. Born on January 28, 1968
She is well known for her mezzo-soprano vocal range and her emotional ballads her main stage guitar is a late seventies Larrivee C-10 with rosewood back and sides
She recently celebrated her 20 year career with the release of Closer
“Silence” ft. Sarah McLachlanWriters: Bill Leeb, Rhys Fulber, Sarah McLachlanProduced: Delerium 00:00 Intro Song opens with a small choir of men appearing to sing in a conjunct manner with an imitative counterpoint to the music. Also appears to be strophic in manner and with tenor voices. Although it appears to have multiple voices, it may be just one voice that could be reverberated to create dissonance. It also has a homophonic texture with mild rhythmic variation in the singer’s parts. The chant they are singing is “Gloria in ExcelsisDeo.” It is 4/4 time, quadruple simple meter and 96 beats per minute. 00:27 Enters full course synthesized guitar. Tempo picks up here as does the tone.Singular voice sings in tenor again with limited imitative counterpoint to the music in monophony mode. 00:42 Remaining Tenor voices in chant appear again singing chorus to chant, with the music following again as an imitative counterpoint. 00:46 The synthesized beat changes and begins to sound like flutes with the melody quickly sounding electronic. Female Choir members begin to join in. Soprano, Alto and Bass sing in harmony while Tenor is in counterpoint to the chorus but more imitative to the music.
01:04 Synthesized percussion instruments begin beat. Singular tenor voice sings again with limited imitative counterpoint with the music. 01:25Verse 1 The featured vocalist enters with mezzo-soprano tone. An ascending contour can be heard in each line of this first verse. It is clear that this is a rhythmical composition based on this verse alone. The song appears to be 96 bpm and in 4/4 measure. 02:06Chorus Here, the chorus “Heaven holds a sense of wonder…” can be heard. The Chorus appears to be a different meter than the rest of the song and a quadruple simple meter. 02:24Verse2 The lyrics “Passion chokes the Flower ‘til she cries no more,” appears to attempt to create the darkest part of the song in this verse. The leads vocals are reverberated and then being joined by another vocalist in harmony appearing to be homophonic together.
02:59Chorus The chorus is repeated here with add-on. It is this chorus that the widest range w/Add-on of the song appears as does the vocals of the main artist. Typically mezzo-soprano, here she meets soprano notes with gusto and the end of the add-on when singing “I believe.” 03:44Bridge Here in the bridge the singular tenor from 01:04 repeats with the tenor fading out until the end of the bridge. 04:22Verse3 Synthesized percussion instruments open up verse 3. 05:01Chorus Here the chorus w/ add-on are repeated with and additional line, and then modified.. The song then repeats the chorus add-on and additional line. The chorus add-on of “in this white wave; I am sinking; in this silence; I believe” is followed by “I have seen you.” The add-on to the chorus is then modified “in this white wave; I have seen you; you are silent; you are breathing; in this white wave; I am free.” This last chorus is definitely major mode, has a wide range, and appears to be heterophony even though it is a single keyboard.
06:01Fadeout The fadeout begins with an acoustic guitar and transitions to a piano that finishes in an arch contour as a recapitulation of the theme. 06:37End Form Introduction | Verse 1 | Chorus | Verse 2 | Chorus w/add-on| Bridge| Verse 3| Chorus| Fadeout
“Possession”Writer: Sarah McLachlanPerformed by: Sarah McLachlan 00:00 Intro A electronic keyboard opens up the first 16 seconds of the song in major key, 4/4 time. The song starts with a 6 measure melodic intro that resolves when the singer begins to sing at the seventh measure. The song is quadruple/simple meter and 96 beats per minute. 00:16 Verse1 Vocalist sings with just a synthesizer playing the background music until approx 00:45 where the guitar enters near the end of the verse. Until this time the song is in polyphony mode. From this point it becomes heterophony for the remainder of the verse.
0:54 Chorus The chorus’s are the most wide ranging parts of the song. There is a clear syncopation that occurs during each of the chorus’s. There is an ascending contour to the chorus, especially showing itself in the last two lines of the chorus. There is another vocalist that enters on the chorus’s and sings in harmony with the lead. 01:25 Verse2 The same flow is found is verse 1 as repeated here with different lyrics. The exception is that the guitar is a stronger part of this verse than the synthesizer was on verse 1. 02:05 Chorus The chorus repeats here same as before. 02:28 Bridge The bridge is typical in that the first three phases are the same with the fourth being in contrast and ending with a dominant chord. 02:56 Verse3 The drums take a more resolved role in verse 3. The drums seem to be the backdrop to the vocals with the other instruments
03:36Chorus The chorus here is the same as the previous 2. The difference here the W/ Add-on elimination of the first line and changing the second to” I’ll hold you down.” 04:26 Fadeout 04:36 End Form Introduction | Verse 1 | Chorus | Verse 2 | Chorus| Bridge| Verse 3| Chorus w/add-on| Fadeout