When I think of artists who “walk the walk” rather than merely “talk the talk”, Sinead O’Connor immediately comes to mind. When I was a teenager she was more famous for ripping up a photo of the Pope than being a singer, but the reason for it- the Catholic Church’s long history of covering up sexual abuse of children- is, in my mind, a noble and righteous reason to tear up a photo of someone who essentially enabled the crime. I’d be interested to meet the person who actually believes the Pope and his church are correct for the heinous actions against innocent children.
Every moment of Sinead “controversy” seems to be like that- people bark at her, tell her to keep her opinions to herself, call her screechy or bossy in the manner that strong women are often derided. From an objective point of view, she’s standing up against the exploitation of women and children, against hatred towards the LGBT communities and other minorities, and pro- love and artistic integrity. Nothing that really actually should be controversial, just common sense!
It’s this melding of morality and integrity with well-crafted tunes and a love of specifically cultural music (reggae and Irish folk) that get me excited when I listen to a Sinead O’Connor track. It feels like “purity”, mainlining straight to the artist’s soul. A lot of my recent work is being edited while listening to Sinead, and hopefully some of these good vibes are making their way into the images.