Friday, June 4, 2010

Friday TED Talk: Natalie Merchant Brings Old Poems to Life

Something different for your Friday TED "talk" today: Natalie Merchant performs her settings of some long-forgotten poems of the nineteenth century, from her recent album, Leave Your Sleep:

There is more about Natalie Merchant here. Watch her performance in high-res video at this link; download it in that and other formats from this page.

1 comment:

  1. Good choice! I'm a longtime fan of the ever-evolving Natalie Merchant. I put up a post on my blog showing her singing with her former band, 10,000 Maniacs, in 1981 and with David Byrne in 1993:

    One warning, A.S.: she's known to be a liberal activist, which for me is part of her appeal:

    In fact, Merchant does a stirring rendition of the old labor union standard, "Which Side Are You On?" It's on her album "The House Carpenter's Daughter," which has a number of traditional American and English tunes.

    Thanks and enjoy!