Well done, Sinead O’Connor

I’ve never paid much attention to Sinead O’Connor.  I’m one of those people who sort of stopped paying attention to pop music somewhere around 1983.  No time.  I was dimly aware that she ripped up a picture of JPII and also dimly aware that she apologized for that and, if memory serves, went for some delusion about being a priest in some obscure Catholic offshoot thingie.  But that’s about it.  Not really tracking the Sinead news closely.

Anyway, the pathetic Miley Cyrus cited her as an influence and, lo and behold, O’Connor took the opening and wrote a wise and generous letter basically saying that her dignity as a human being required that she stopping barfing all over herself just to please corporate masters who will wring the last nickel out of her and then toss her away like a used gum wrapper.  It was, for want of a better word, sound pastoral advice.

Alas, Cyrus will have none of it.  But O’Connor did well to try.  Well done!

  • RelapsedCatholic

    I read this letter and it was honest and fascinating. I have kept up with her and despite her troubled past she is a fascinating, nuanced, and in my unprofessional estimation, a very good person.

  • Dale

    I haven’t followed the career, or personal life, of Sinead O’Connor. When she does occasionally make the news, she has come across as erratic. Sincere, but without moorings.

    The open letter she wrote to Miley Cyrus suggests that O’Connor has found some moorings. What she advises is sound, and I hope that Cyrus (once she is over her anger) will learn from it.

  • Stu

    I have hope that Ms O’Connor will one day reconcile with the Church.

    Kudos on the letter. Now we need an open letter to Billy Ray about being a father.

  • Sean P. Dailey

    “I’m one of those people who sort of stopped paying attention to pop music somewhere around 1983.”

    You’ve missed a lot of good stuff. What you need, my friend, is to start listening to Sigur Ros. Awesome music.

    • Mark S. (not for Shea)

      Aren’t they the ones who play the nose flutes?

      • Mariana Baca

        No, they play nice icelandic music. :)

        • Mark S. (not for Shea)

          Are you sure there’s no nose flutes? Something in my brain associates them with nose flutes. And Hobbts. Nose flutes … Hobbits … Sigur Ros. Yes, I’m quite certain there’s a connection there somewhere.
          But then again, last night I had a dream about Hannibal Lecter with a blue crochet hook.

          • Mariana Baca

            You are right, sorry, they do have nose flutes. I don’t really associate them with their instruments but with country of origin and ethereal vocals. I’m not sure what they have to do with hobbits, though.

            • Sean P. Dailey

              I just saw them a week ago, in St. Louis. I don’t recall seeing any nose flutes. But the singer plays his guitar with a cello bow, which is extremely cool.

          • introvert_prof

            I think you’re mis-remembering; nose flutes are the national instruments of Boggies. “We Boggies are a hairy folk / Who like to eat until we choke / Loving all like friend and brother / And hardly ever eat each other.”

  • Sigroli

    Who CARES?

    • http://www.likelierthings.com/ Jon W

      I do. I have girls in my youth group who really like Miley Cyrus.

    • orual’s kindred

      Isn’t it a good thing when someone from the music industry makes such public statements about how women should not allow themselves to be exploited? That their value as human beings do not rest on how hot they are (whether in terms of physical attractiveness or how much buzz and sales they generate)? And isn’t it not a good thing when those statements are ignored by the person/s they are addressed to?

  • tj.nelson

    I love Sinead – great talent – very troubled however.

  • Barbara

    Isn’t that new Journey album great? :)


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