Natalie Merchant: Inside three decades of song

George Garner

A song is never truly finished. Not really. Just ask Natalie Merchant.

“Songs are different every time you perform them,” she tells Music Week over the phone. “My songs go through so many permutations before they even make it into a studio.

And then it takes on all the weight, and meaning, that other people put on it all the years you perform it.”

It is for this very reason that, in 2017, Merchant is wrapping up one of the ...

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