Song: "Ice Cream"
Writer: Sarah McLachlan
Original Release: October 22, 1993
Performer: Sarah McLachlan
Album: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
I don't get a lot of celebrity crushes but I fell hard for Sarah McLachlan when I first heard her back in the mid-'90s. I wasn't even in it for the sex. I just wanted her to sing me to sleep every night for the rest of my life. My fondest memories of listening to her are simple ones, sitting on the couch of my dorm room senior year (ah, to be a second-semester senior forever...), blissing out to the voice of an angel. While my interest has subsided over the years, my wife still refers to Sarah simply as my girlfriend.
In the fall of '97, I saw Sarah perform live in Tokyo. "Ice Cream" was her encore. She sat down at the piano and said, somewhat regretfully, "You know, I don't have a lot of sing-along songs in my set. Maybe this one will do." And of course, we all obliged her. It's such a simple little number compared to the lush production of the rest of the album, a perfect lullaby.