Bear Music #158

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There is nothing we love more here at Jammy Toast than listening to some of our favourite tunes. From time to time we will post a music video from an artist or genre that we think will be enjoyable to you; our friends. We often feature music that you may not have come across before, or music that maybe you just missed the first time around. Try and listen with an open mind, you never know, you may find something you can add to your iPod. If you have any music videos you would like us to feature then drop us a line – we are always happy to listen to requests but we cannot promise to feature everyone’s favourite

“Carnival” is a 1995 Natalie Merchant song released as the lead single from her debut solo album Tigerlily. In the lyrics, the protagonist compares the many colourful sights and sounds of day-to-day life in New York City to a carnival. Merchant was inspired to write the song after visiting the city for the first time when she was 16, claiming she was fascinated with the residents’ unusual lifestyles, as she had grown up in the country.

Tigerlily is probably one of our top ten albums of all time by any artist. It is her first solo album after splitting from the band 10,000 Maniacs. Some reviews of the album praised Merchant’s confessional writing style while others criticized the same for undue sentimentality. The latter were probably swayed by the song Beloved Wife which has to be the saddest song ever written, telling the tale of a man whose wife has died after fifty years of marriage.

Tigerlily peaked at #13 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart. It contained three single hits, “Carnival” (#10), “Wonder” (#20) and “Jealousy” (#23).


Natalie Merchant – Carnival

Natalie Merchant – Carnival

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52 Comments on “Bear Music #158”

  1. Serial killer Aileen Wuornos asked for this song to be played at her funeral and Natalie gave her permission for it to be used on the end titles to the film about Wuornos’ life.

  2. i once got a disciplinary for flicking elastic bands at my supervisor in a call centre. apparently it was disruptive and “against company etiquette”. i admit i was 24 at the time but my supervisor was a tory cunt. it was validated imo. also there was a woman who had this type of tourette’s where she burst into opera song randomly. i got a warning for duetting with her and bringing the company into disrepute.

  3. My leader has been complaining of a horrible smell following her around for a few days . Started getting a complex till she emptied her handbag and a doggy bag of rancid beef from last Sunday’s lunch fell out .

  4. Convinced a Bull it was going on the New Series of Love Island. The Bull shaved off all its Hair and spent months in the Gym. Yep. The Farmer is going Fucking Mental.

    I am in a tree.

  5. Fucking hell. How much longer can Sky News keep the Harry and Meghan so called “crisis” clogging up their news feed when there’s more important things happening? It’s been there longer than Bryan Fucking Adams was number one with that shite awful song.

  6. Back when I was a little pup I didn’t like Mom’s birthday card because when you opened it then it made a barking noise. Those things are supposed to be quiet!

  7. Rolf report 13 Jan

    I got a new GPS collar so my humans took me for a long leash walk to check the GPS was fully functioning before they let me loose with it on campus. I’ve trained my humans to take me on leash walks on my terms, not theirs. They always let me steer.

    Rolf x

  8. They got up; and when Piglet had sat down again, because he didn’t know the wind was so strong, and had been helped up by Pooh, they started off. By the time they got to Kanga’s house they were so buffeted that they stayed to lunch.

  9. Kate took this lovely photo of Barbara yesterday. I like having Barbara around. He is quite a calm cat and tries to keep out of Dorothy’s way because she smacks him if he gets too close. I know exactly how he feels…

    For my new followers – Barbara is a boy cat. My human loves the name and didn’t want to wait for a girl cat to turn up so she gave the name to him. He doesn’t mind at all but I think my human is weird.

  10. First day of recording for my first keyboard orientated instrumental prog rock album for quite a few years. All being well, will be released sometime in March. Great start to 2020… well I hope so anyway!

  11. My New Year’s Resolution was to stop making innuendo jokes about my sexual stamina

    Day 12 and so far so good

    I just hope I can keep it up!

  12. Just been sent an email which starts “Dear other McGovern” — what? Who is making me the ‘other’ one then? My mam? My dad? I want to know who is getting the ‘Dear McGovern’ emails? I am raging. :roflao:

  13. I am sound, thanks to those who were genuine asking about me, fuck off to those who were just being nosey. You know who you are. No questions please.

  14. When you open food packaging & remove half the contents & only then remember that you’ve not read the cooking instructions & have to hold it above your head to read because they’re always on the bottom. That.

  15. Storm Brendan advice for cats of the UK and Ireland: High winds and rain mean nows a good time to head inside and baggsy that good spot by the radiator. If anyone tries to move you, say you have my authority to remain in place until the storm passes.

    Larry x

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