I discovered Natalie Merchant’s new album, Leave Your Sleep, on the Small Magazine blog recently and ordered it immediately. I’ve always been a fan of Natalie Merchant, but when I heard that the lyrics on her new album were interpreted from 19th and 20th century poems and nursery rhymes, I was sucked in.
This new album is a celebration of childhood and motherhood influenced by her relationship with her own daughter and her desire to share the power of poetry and speech with her. It brings to life the old nursery rhymes and their traditional stories in such a beautiful, wonderful way.
It’s currently playing (on repeat) on my stereo — I love it. But if you need further convincing, you can hear snippets of each song on her website.