Apr 14, 2010

Natalie Merchant Rocks Children's Poems

I am a certified 80's kid who grew up listening and emoting to Natalie Merchant who was, back then, still part of 10,000 Maniacs. Remember What's the Matter Here? Like the Weather? Hey Jack Kerouac? These Are the Days? And I loved, loved... loved her obscure but nevertheless great version of Cat Steven's Peace Train.

Well, just this morning Natalie Merchant rocked my world again and I don't care if this makes me look like a complete weirdo but she made me cry watching her performance at this year's TED conference. She sang songs from her upcoming album Leave Your Sleep where she resurrects 19th century children's poems by setting them to music. When she started singing E.E. Cummings' Maggie and Millie and Molly and May I just couldn't help myself....

"Maggie and Milly
Molly and May
they went down to the beach
one day to play.
And Maggie discovered
a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn't remember
her troubles...."

For anyone out there who might appreciate the words, the stories behind the poets, and the music, here's the lovely Ms. Merchant who completely deserved that standing ovation:

P.S. for our featured artist: You were once the sweet-singing seashell (a'la E.E. Cummings) for an awkward, kind-of-troubled teenager (a-Maggie-in-Manila) circa 1980s. La la la li la la la... Thank you.


Cely said...

I only knew one album of Natalie Merchant, 'Ophelia', which is really sad, but excellent. And now, I'm looking forward to listen the other ones! She has an incredible voice. Thank you, Nona!!

Nona said...

Je t'en prie Cely! Tigerlily was great too... and don't forget to listen to In My Tribe from her 10000 Maniacs days. Enjoy!

Nana said...

Love her! These are the Days is one of my all-time faves!

Nona said...

Yup, yup... it's a classic happy song. Theeeeese are the days, you'll remember!

Rone said...

What would our teenage years have been without Natalie Merchant? And she's come back to sing songs to our children. Life is sweet.

Nona said...

Yup Rone, she had songs for good times, bad times, happy times and sad times... and now poetry sung for our kids!

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