When I read the news, I almost broke down.
Dolores O’Riordan, lead singer of the 90s supergroup The Cranberries, Mother, Wife, Lover of Life, a woman who took joy in the simplest of pleasures…dead…and she was younger than me.
I got the honor of interviewing her 11 or 12 years ago, when she released her first solo album, when the Cranberries went on extended hiatus. For an hour and a half we talked, her taking the time to phone in from Cologne, Germany for the interview with what was, at the time, just another Music Blog.
What amazed me most was how little we talked about her album, though enough was covered to justify the call and write the article, but mostly we talked about all the little things, all the simple things of life that she delighted in, wondered in.
I already loved her for her music; from then on, I loved her more, for her Humanity.
Last September I rediscovered my love of her music when I got a computer with an optical drive that allowed me to recuperate most of the music I’d lost, two computers and a divorce ago.
To celebrate, I reposted to this blog my original article about my conversation with Dolores O’Riordan.
Now, I’d like to remember her, and tonight, I hope you will, too.
Love you always, Dol…