|Mary Margaret O'Hara at her prettiest.|
Long ago, when I was teenager, and a young adult, I had a fairly substantial interest in music and recordings. My tastes in music usually leaned to pop music, ABBA, the Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Top 40 in general, but I did have a few more esoteric interests, especially in women singers. In the 1970's and 1980's I was especially interested in singers like the Roches, Kate Bush, Jane Siberry, the Pretenders, Sandy Denny, The Bangles and the 10,000 Manics (before the latter two were popular).
Well in recent years,...it's unusual that I have the experience of discovering (as it were) new talents. In fact, I find it easier to go back in time, and learn about artists from the past who are well regarded and see what the fuss was all about. A few weeks ago, it was the fairly obscure, but well admired, Canadian singer/songwriter , Mary Margaret O'Hara. Mary is the younger, prettier sister of SCTV /Home Alone actress, Catherine O'Hara. Mary released a critically acclaimed solo album called Miss America in 1988. It is the only album with her name on it, to date. She has also worked with other artists and recorded a movie soundtrack album. For more about her career go to Ectophiles Guide -Mary Margaret O'Hara .
M2OH (as she is known) is regarded as a talented but mannered singer with an eccentric stage manner. Her angelic voice seems to be almost a cross between Doris Day and Bjork. I am not sure I have really loved much of what I heard from her, but I did find one song she wrote particularly touching. The song is called " Dark Dear Heart", she performed the song at the funeral of the legendary actor , John Candy in 1994. She seems to be channeling Patsy Cline on this performance , and she was so overcome with emotion that she lost her voice. (That's the video above) She had originally recorded the song with The Henry's and did an excellent live version with them on Canadian TV. (That's the video below which keeps being removed from YouTube-so you might not see it.)
The Henry's version can also be found here....Dark Dear HeartAnother article about this song and Mary Margaret O'Hara.
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This article was originally posted April 2012.