Natalie Merchant — Leave Your Sleep

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.

-Courtney

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1. Wibke | June 10, 2010 | Reply

I am a big fan of Nathalie Merchant, too, and I got this as a birthday present recently. I am in love with this album, and we are listening to it constantly, especially when I am feeding my baby daughter. I am just sorry that English is not her mother tongue (her parents are French & German) as the lyrics are so whimsical and beautiful.

2. Tina | June 10, 2010 | Reply

I will have to run out and get this. I have been a Nathalie fan since her 10,000 maniac days. I once say them play, front row in concert, in a tiny auditorium. I sang on the mic with her (yes, really) and then I was so starstruck I forgot the next lyric. After the show was over, she told me I was a chicken. She was adorable and I couldn’t get over the fact that Nathalie had just called me a chicken in front of a couple thousand people….Just a little funny story for your day.
Best,
Tina

3. Maud | June 13, 2010 | Reply

Thank you for a great tip.

4. Robyn | June 25, 2010 | Reply

Amazing album, something different – thanks for the suggestion – we listen to it everyday

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