I am beyond shaken. Like I read from another poster in here whilst catching up on the thread, I always assumed that she would beat it, and that then something would happen and they would re-unite and we'd all still be here bitching about how On The Metro was done dirty and speculating on when will all 5 of them reunite, like the good old days.
It is beyond surreal to even imagine that, in a time not long from now, Girls Aloud will have a member who has passed on. It is just....so unfair. It would be unfair to anyone and any of them, but with Sarah I feel it is particularly cruel. She has endured a lot of shit in her time, and now this. It's just so tragic.
Love all five of them, but Sarah always stood out as "the one" to me. Nadine may have been "THE voice", but Sarah was always "the VOICE" if you get my drift. I absolutely love her vocals, my favourite vocals out of the fab five, and she really does kill it when she gets it. Like Nicola & Kimberley, she kinda ended up taking a backseat to Nadine & Cheryl in the press and the public concious, which is just how it goes.
Until she gets on a stage that is, particularly on tour. We all have our own opinions on members and personal preferences, but I will go down fighting in saying that Sarah was IT on tour compared to the others. They all clearly loved & enjoyed it, but you could tell Sarah was next level and really in her element up there. Even during her time on TEN, which was plagued by her own anxieties, the old Sarah still shone through. My fave moment of that tour is the SKO Bridge between her & Nadine on the DVD. She fucking KOes the final line and, instead of going back to the choreo, just pumps her arms like she's having a rave and was really fucking feeling her bad self. She lowkey probably forgot the choreo, but you know what I was LIVING for her when I saw it! YAS SARAH LEGENDING.
I'm sorry to dump all this here. I just felt so strongly when I saw that headline, all these emotions & memories just came rushing in and this is the only place where I could vent to people who truly understand how much these 5 women shaped us, and knowing one is dying is beyond mortifying. And that's as a fan whose never met any of them. I'm not sure how Nadine, Nicola, Kimberley & Cheryl are feeling thoughout this time, but it must be beyond harrowing, and my heart goes out to them also.
I feel like Out of Control, along with Hear Me Out, may end up having a more special place to most of us in the near future, being that it is the album that featured tons of Sarah vocals (in fact, she might have the most throughout the whole album?). I know it'll mean more to me, particularly The Loving Kind, where I think she absolutely nails her delivery and, along with Nicola, is the defining vocalist on the song.
I'll finish this up by posting this video, probably her strongest vocal serving ever (which had Nadine & Cheryl shook). It's fitting it's ISBY in the context of all of this.
TLDR; Stan Legend Sarah Harding, the original Rock Chick and truly that bitch <3