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The Peace of Wild Things

Tunes for a Monday Morning

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.

Above, "Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience," from a poem by Charles Causley.

Below, "The Man in the Wilderness," from an anonymous children's poem.

Next, a song I absolutely love:

"If No One Ever Marries Me," from a poem by Laurence Alma-Tadema (daughter of the painter Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, by his first wife)...who did, in fact, never marry.

(Plus a bonus song at the end, a rendition of the American folk classic, Bury Me Underneath the Willow Tree.)

And last:

Here's a fascinating video about the project: the music, the poets, etc..