From JPK at Can’t Explain (that song came out in 1998, I feel old).
Sarah McLachlan, “Angel” (1998)
I know Balloon Juice is rife with animal lovers but I’m not really trying to pander here—not really. In fact, I’m a little tired of that long BC SPCA End Animal Cruelty ad that uses this song and seems to saturate my teevee every December and at other random points. Tired of having my heart broken by the pictures in it as much as anything (I’m a softie myself, with three cats, two of them rescues, one missing a leg). It’s a kind of porn, I know that. But before that particular commercial came along I always loved this song and I still do. It’s so generous about the way it acknowledges and accepts human frailties and weaknesses with no judgment and a compassion that feels bottomless. I think it’s just beautiful.
Update. DougJ again here (the blurb about “Angel” is written by JPK). I’m adding another song because I convinced a young person to do it at karaoke and now I can’t stop singing it.