Sarah McLachlan isn't singing the blues, but she is singing about her impending divorce. The Canadian pop singer confirmed to Billboard that she is separated from her husband of 11 years and "sharing her grief with fans in two new songs."
The woman who has sold 40 million CDs powered by such hits as "I Will Remember You," used her pain as a springboard for creativity and reflection.
In her upcoming greatest hits album "Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan," which comes out October 7, the songs "U Want Me 2" and "Don't Give Up on Us" are both inspired by her soon to be ex, Ashwin Sood, who has been the drummer in her band.
"I wasn't planning on saying anything," McLachlan told Billboard, "but it's gonna come out at some point. I haven't said anything about it because I've been terrified to, but I figure ... there's no good time to say it, so I just said it."
McLachlan called the situation "pretty gross" but did not elaborate on the reasons for the separation or the couple's future plans. They have two daughters, 6 and 1.
She described "U Want Me 2" as "about that really uncertain, confusing place at the end of a relationship when there's no communication or closure, everything's still up in the air and there's a lot of anger and sadness. It's sort of that working through 'How do we move forward ... with some dignity and grace’."
"Don't Give Up," she said, is "pretty self-explanatory, basically just a plea to give it another chance and keep trying."
Many FWW readers listen to music to heal and soothe. On our social network, women are sharing their favorite songs to inspire them and make them feel good as they navigate through divorce.
Perhaps these women will add McLaughlin's newest songs to their playlists.