Sinead O’Connor, whether you know her music or not, is probably easily identified by her name as someone who is as Irish as Patty’s Pig — a distinctly Irish expression, no insult intended to the human or the pig. O’Connor was born and lives in Ireland. She’s had her troubles with the Irish Catholic church, and they with her — something about being disrespectful to one of the earlier starchy conservative Popes. Her most famous song might be the 1990 version of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2U”. I have a CD of that and other songs, which I still play in my Subaru, which is old enough to have a CD player.
O’Connor is 51, and she’s gone through various iterations of who she is as a person and as a singer, including shaving her head at one point and dressing like a nun even though she has children and maybe a husband or two floating around. Her latest try at a coherent self is a conversion to the Muslim faith where she has emerged as Shuhada’ Davitt and wears a hijab. Honestly, for me it’s a stretch. I generally think people get to do whatever they want to bring themselves inner peace, and I think O’Connor gets to do that too. I just can’t look at that Irish face or hear that Irish brogue and see Shuhada’. Fortunately her musical career doesn’t depend on me, and on she will go. I’ll still play her music in my car — the old stuff, not the new.
If you want to hear her singing the Islamic call to prayer, here she is: