Sarah McLachlan On Why ‘Angel’ Causes You to Cry Instantly

Did you think “crying” wasn’t on your to-do list today?

Sorry to break it to you, but we’re about to make you watch the ASPCA commercial featuring Sarah McLachlan and her song “Angel.”


The song already has a morose origin: McLachlan wrote it for former Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin, who died from a heroin overdose in 1996. But more than ten years later, the song was featured in the commercial you just watched above, which made you sob uncontrollably. Why is that? McLachlan knows.

“I think when you associate a song with strong imagery like that, it really takes it to a whole different level,” says McLachlan. “It really tugs the heart strings.”

McLachlan revealed in an interview two years ago that she can’t handle the sight or sound of the commercial herself at this point, saying “I change the channel. I can’t take it …I can’t even look at it. It’s just so depressing.”

But what is decidedly not depressing is Christmas music.

*awaits applause for smooth transition*

McLachlan released her ninth studio and second Christmas album, Wonderland, in October.


McLachlan will also be performing during CBS-FM’s Holiday in Brooklyn concert at the Barclays center on December 9 with James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett.

Listen to Scott Shannon’s full interview with Sarah McLachlan below.


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