Dear Ms O’Connor,
The news tells me you’re doing poorly and I’m really sorry to hear it. You were there when I needed you, so I wanted to return the favor.
It’s true, you don’t know me. But I feel like I know you. I have spent countless hours with your music, which is uncompromising and honest to the point where it’s hard to listen; your surprising and thoughtful writings; and your inspiring performances as a no-nonsense interview subject. I bought my first pair of Dr Martens to emulate you. From you, I learnt fundamental lessons about feminism, ethics, sexuality, music, power, romantic partnerships and honest communication.
Without your records, Sinéad, I would be a very different person. Less of a person.
So I just wanted to say that you mean a lot to me; and thousands of other people like me. You taught us to never compromise on the things that matter to us, and that has made our lives incalculably richer. Thank you.