I don't know how this is possible, but yesterday, I just came across the April release of Natalie Merchant's fascinating new project Leave Your Sleep. How could I have missed this? In a two-disc set, Merchant has put together musical settings of 26 American and British Poems from the 19th and 20th centuries. This is right up my alley, no? And to make it even more interesting, the settings draw from folk music all over the world. I'll have more to say when I've had a bit more time to process the album, but in the meantime, here's a great interview about how the project came together, some of the poets involved, and the natural pairing of music and poetry.
Natalie Merchant: Leave Your Sleep Interview
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