I was delighted to recently find:
Verdi Cries (1987) – A younger Natalie Merchant with very accessible lyrics, on the piano with a string ensemble. I love combinations like this.
Photograph (1993) – I’m also a huge fan of R.E.M. It turns out Michal Stipe and Natalie Merchant were once lovers.
Motherland (2001) – This reminds me of leaving San Francisco.
Growing up in the 1990s, before the internet, I had several sources for music: my older brother (rock, alternative), my nerdy friends (classical, soundtracks), my parents (folk, classical), and of course MTV and VH1. I didn’t really like rock, alternative, and hip-hop but there was a way to see the lighter side of those genres: MTV Unplugged.
Unplugged wish list: