Song of the Day #3,333: ‘Wonder’ – Natalie Merchant

Today marks a numerical milestone for the blog: my 3,333rd post. The occasion prompted me to go back and look at the 1,111th and 2,222nd posts.

Song of the Day #1,111 was Christina Aguilera’s ‘Hurt’ and came during a week in which I wrote about each of The Voice‘s judges during its inaugural season (way back in 2011). Too bad that post didn’t fall on November 11, or it could have been Song #1,111 on 11/11/11.

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Song of the Day #1,731: ‘Carnival’ – Natalie Merchant

natalie_merchant_tigerlilySomehow I made it through 1,730 Songs of the Day without once featuring a solo Natalie Merchant track.

I guess that’s not completely surprising given that Merchant’s solo career isn’t (wasn’t?) exactly earth-shattering, and in my defense I have featured three 10,000 Maniacs songs, but it does feel like an oversight.

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Song of the Day #829: ‘Verdi Cries’ – 10,000 Maniacs

Top Ten Female Vocalists – #8 – Natalie Merchant

I’ve always considered Natalie Merchant the female Michael Stipe. She doesn’t rank as high on this list as Stipe did on his mostly because her solo efforts have largely left me cold. That’s not to take away from her voice, which is my focus here, but it does dampen my enthusiasm for her overall.

As for the voice, she has the same mumbly gravelly quality as Stipe and the connection is so firm in my mind that I’ve always assumed that, like Stipe, she hailed from the south when in fact she was born and launched her career in New York.

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