AE: Do you have plans to tour solo once Lilith Fair has concluded?
AE: What do you think about your huge lesbian following? You’re somewhat of an icon within the community.
AE: A lot of readers identify with your music and Lilith Fair has just become such a part of the lesbian cultural landscape.
Maybe selfish isn’t the right word but it’s kind of a selfish thing that I do make my music — I don’t do it to please anyone else, I do it to please myself. And that I can give that out to the world and have it affect people in any kind of way, much less a profound kind of way is the biggest compliment to me. And it makes me feel connected to people. Again, music has a gift like that —whether it’s art or photography or a great movie, or a song, you hear it, you see it, and you’re instantly moved. It resonates something within you and that is that connection we all crave — to ourselves, to each other.
This world we live in now is so defined by fast-food culture and quick time snippets and sound bites. We’re all texting each other as opposed to speaking to each other and I think art is so incredibly important for that very thing of just grounding us, reminding us of our own fragility and beauty.
AE: A lot of people are curious how you would label yourself: gay, straight or bisexual. Care to touch on that?
Sarah McLachlan’s new single, "Loving You is Easy" will be released on May 4, and the album, The Laws of Illusion, drops on June 15.