Discussion → Natalie Merchant revives old poems in song

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    Ann Bogle
    Apr 13, 10:12pm

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    Darryl Price
    Apr 14, 01:36pm

    I met Natalie on several occasions when I used to work at a bar on High Street. She used to call me the kid on the red bike. That was back in the 10,000 Maniacs days when she would whip her hair around like a whirling dervish. People, me included, went nuts for it.But once the hair was put back up she became quite serene again. It was a shocking contrast, the Natalie on stage and the Natalie who spoke to you if you were lucky enough to get her attention.She liked to talk about REM for some reason. I liked her right away anyway because she was so small and looked you right in the eyes.But that's the past. Now she has this new record out and I hear it's great. It's certainly a great idea.Good for her. People bitterly complained about her for years for breaking up 10,000 maniacs and then making music that sounded just like 10,000 maniacs. I didn't care. She'd won me over years ago.

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    Sam Rasnake
    Apr 14, 02:22pm

    A treasure.

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