Thank You for Hearing Me: The Definitive Sinéad O'Connor Discography

“[Did growing up in Ireland make O'Connor spiritually introspective at a young age? Also, chat about her recent scripture studies]”

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Something Beautiful: The Sinéad O'Connor Theology Conversation promo album


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INTERVIEWER (Jody Denberg)::
"We People Who Are Darker Than Blue," a Curtis Mayfield song performed by Sinéad O'Connor, from her new 2-CD set, Theology. Of course, "people who are darker than blue" refers to people of color, but I also heard it as blue as a mood.
Yeah, me, too. That's how I hear it--a people who are very, very sad.
Did growing up in Ireland, with all the strife, make you spiritually introspective at a young age?
Yeah. You know, I'm convinced that I can remember my baptism. I'm sure probably I'm wrong, but I'm almost certain that I can remember my baptism, and that I remember understanding what it meant. The Ireland of those days was one where all there was was religion; you went into anyone's house, it was covered with pictures of the Pope and, you know, pictures of saints, and you know what I mean? Sacred Heart lamps, so every family was extremely religious and Catholicism was the main religion, you know. Also, another thing was that I was born on a particular day, which is the eighth of December, which is a big Catholic feast day; it's the feast of the Immaculate Conception. But if you're a girl born on that day, it's associated with the Virgin Mary, you know, so because I was a girl born on that day, everyone would always give me Virgin Mary things; that's what happens if you're born on that day, if you're a girl, you're always associated with the Virgin Mary, you know. You couldn't get away from that kind of introspection, really.
You were ordained several years ago in the Latin Tridentine Church, as Mother Bernadette Mary. Is that a path that you still follow?
Yeah, very much so. I would say that music is my priesthood. Yeah. I mean, that's what I think this record is--the act of a priest, actually.
But then in 2003, you announced your retirement from music. (S: Mmm.) Was it shortly after that that you began studying Scripture at a college in Dublin?
Yeah, it probably was shortly after that. Now, I'd been studying all my life, actually, just privately, I'd been reading theology all my life, again, since I was young, you know. I'd started to study Judaic theology when I was like 9 or 10, and, like, over the years studied a lot of theologies, you know, just by myself, on the Internet or buying books, but the first time I went to college, yeah, it was like 2003, so. I started to study Kabbalah years ago, when I was about nineteen, as well, so.
One of your new songs that we're just about to hear from the London sessions, is inspired by Psalm 33. (S: Yeah.) Let's give it a listen, and then we'll talk about it.
From her new double-disc set, Theology, this is Sinéad O'Connor with "33."

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