One of my absolute favorite albums of the last few years is Natalie Merchant's "Leave Your Sleep," featuring 19th & 20th century poems about childhood put to music. The poets she's chosen range from the well-known to obscure, including Christina Rossetti, Ogden Nash, Eleanor Farjean, Gerald Manley Hopkins, and Mervyn Peake. (There's also a Leave Your Sleep children's book, illustrated by Barbara McClintock.) All of the videos here today come from this marvelous project.
Below, "The Man in the Wilderness," from an anonymous children's poem.
Next, a song I absolutely love:
(Plus a bonus song at the end, a rendition of the American folk classic, Bury Me Underneath the Willow Tree.)
Here's a fascinating video about the project: the music, the poets, etc..