Author Topic: Natalie Merchant - Mustachian  (Read 1495 times)


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Natalie Merchant - Mustachian
« on: August 24, 2017, 08:18:24 AM »
Natalie Merchant is one of my favorite musicians.  In addition to loving her music, I'm interested in her personal story.  She had a HUGE career in the 80's and 90's, then went kind of low-key about the whole thing.  Her currently lifestyle certainly reflects Mustachian values and she seems to have really made peace with the life she has now.

Here's a link to an interview with her in 2014:,368756

And my favorite quote from the article:
AP: How does it feel to be back?

M: Well, I've given up all ambition and all expectations. All that I can do is make the most satisfying recordings of my music as I possibly can, and then it's in God's hands. ... I live a pretty humble existence. I really try not to live above the means of a successful, small-town dentist. I have one house; I own that house, one car. Because I was fiscally conservative, I have this incredible luxury of not having to worry about it. So my motivation can be that I just want to make music that moves me and hopefully can move other people. If nobody hears it, I have a wonderful life. I love gardening as much as I love music. The thing that keeps me competitive, or stay engaged, is that I look at popular culture in America and I feel that there's room for my voice and there's a need for my voice.


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Re: Natalie Merchant - Mustachian
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2017, 08:24:21 AM »
Thanks for posting that. I was recently wondering what ever happened to her :)
10K M was never the same after her departure.


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Re: Natalie Merchant - Mustachian
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2017, 08:26:41 AM »
LOVE!!! Thanks for sharing this, Trudie :)

I too love NM's voice (especially with Billy Bragg). I'm also getting increasingly into music (singing and playing), and ponder the Mustachian way of it.

I was also thinking yesterday about things we "love just as much as."

Finally, I made a big project and was hoping it would generate some income for me, and it hasn't. It's been a year-long journey of letting that go, shifting to an experience of having "put it in god's hands."

So, heaps of exciting relevance for me in your post. Thanks!