Natalie Merchant – Leave Your Sleep Concert Review

First off, thanks to Arica Hilton for inviting me to Natalie Merchant’s concert and providing my friends and I with VIP tickets.  It was a truly remarkable experience. 

Huge kudos goes out to Arica and the Poetry Center of Chicago for planning an amazing event that’s so on target with what they are all about. 

Natalie Merchant performed at the Rubloff Auditorium, signing songs from her first album since 2003, Leave Your Sleep.   The album is the culmination of six years of research and collaboration and is, in Merchant’s words “The most elaborate project I have ever completed or even imagined.”  The result was a phenomenal marriage of music with poetry, nursery rhymes and lullabies.   She took classic works from well known poets and authors and some not as well known and turned them into beautiful songs.

I went into the event thinking, poetry? This might not be my thing.   But was pleasantly surprised, actually blown away at how cool the evening actually was.  Natalie is a phenomenal performer, creating an intimate, inviting feeling at a venue that holds close to 1,000. Before most of the songs, she told the story of each poet/author, which added an amazing level of depth to the songs.   She performed for almost three hours, singing both new songs from her album and some old favorites, much to the delight of the audience.  She ended with “Thank You” and received a much deserved standing ovation.

Anyone who wasn’t there definitely missed out, but not worry, she’ll be back on July 23rd.  I’ll post info when I get more details. In the meantime, you can visit Natalie’s site to find out more about the album and listen to the songs.  Let me know what your favorites are.   Some of mine are, “The Janitor’s Boy” and “TopsyTurvey­­­­-­World “  (I THINK you can listen to songs, my Dell keeps crashing when I hit the links to each song, so I can’t be 100% sure)

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One Response to “Natalie Merchant – Leave Your Sleep Concert Review”

  1. Cant wait to see Natalie here in Wa State this summer. Saw her last in Honolulu, prob year 2000. Wow what a show. I had terrible terrible seats, then snuck in close, right under her piano. Her beautiful brown eyes and angelic voice were amazing. It was the Ophelia tour. Hope this is just a good.