Just a quick heads up to tune your radios to KXT 91.7 FM at 4 p.m. today to hear Natalie Merchant’s in-studio performance. Just a few minutes ago, Natalie and her band were playing a few cuts from her latest album, Leave Your Sleep. On the album, she’s collected American and British poems and set them to music.
I was able to slip into the control room while the tape was rolling, and I was reminded of what a distinctive, soothing voice she has. Some of the poems she is interpreting on the album are geared toward children, and the combination of that voice and those words is a nice fit.
“Adventures of Isabel,” by Ogden Nash, was turned into Cajun jamboree. And “If No One Ever Marries Me,” by Laurence Alma-Tadema, had a few of those listening on the verge of wiping away a tear. (Not me, of course, but people with the actual ability to cry.)
Merchant is in town to play the Winspear Opera House tonight. Tickets are still available if you like what you hear at 4.