“I need to perform live because I have a surplus of fear, anger and frustration. But because I am so polite and reserved, the only place I can truly exorcise those demons is onstage.”
Natalie Merchant, 1999
“Idealism and ultra-sensitivity are her extremes; her opulent music, grounded in her own piano playing, sets the mood for her dramatically empathetic world view.”
The New York Times, 1999
“Entering a theater is like entering a temple to me. Making music is my way of talking to god.”
Natalie Merchant, 1999
“When people come to see me live, and I’m cracking jokes and dancing around like a savage it's truly unpredictable. I thought there should be a record of that.”
Natalie Merchant, 1999