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Boomer Meditations: Carnival

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  • Ed in Upstate NY December 10, 2021, 6:09 AM

    Leading edge boomer here (1946), and proud of it. I’ll gladly accept Natalie’s rendition of most anything as an anthem.

  • Dirk December 10, 2021, 7:02 AM

    Get on the bus you’ll !

    She’s different, I like different.


  • Jack December 10, 2021, 7:12 AM


  • Bunny December 10, 2021, 8:10 AM

    She’s not really a Boomer artist and just might be too good for us. Born in 1963 (barely Boomer), “Merchant left the group in 1993, after 12 years, to record her first solo album. Tigerlily (1995) was certified five-times platinum, and was followed by the platinum Ophelia (1998), Natalie Merchant Live (1999), and Motherland (2001).”
    What a body of work! Here are some obvious stand outs:
    And, of course, the one our host showcased a few days ago.

    • Vanderleun December 10, 2021, 8:24 AM

      Once upon a time, between wives, my Merchant fantasy was:

      1) I give you everything I have.
      2) All you (Natalie) have to do is come into my bedroom once a week and stand at the end of my bed and sing. That. Is. All.

  • SteveS December 10, 2021, 10:58 AM

    This song always resonated with me. Being from a more “country” upbringing Natalie called it her NYC song. The way city sights and sounds hypnotize and mesmerize. I always saw it as the souls journey through the material world. Love the way she moves.

  • Mike Seyle December 10, 2021, 3:08 PM

    Most seem to love her, and I trust the people here. Must be my hearing aids.

  • Gordon Scott December 10, 2021, 4:28 PM

    Well, she is an interesting entertainer in general, but that performance was not very good. Perhaps she was too cold.

  • Sid V December 11, 2021, 9:50 AM

    Love this song. One of the greatest guitar solos of all time.

    • Jack December 11, 2021, 1:20 PM

      I’m not picking on you Sid but those guitar sections only filled in a bit of noise during the breaks. Mediocre at their apex.

  • gwbnyc December 11, 2021, 11:11 AM

    is that a Fender Firebird?