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Natalie Mering, known to fans by her stage name, Weyes Blood, first heard Kurt Weill’s classic 1938 composition “September Song” the same way Willie Nelson did, though a Frank Sinatra recording—though it’s worth noting that she found it as a young music lover in the 2000s, and he would have likely first heard it on Your Hit Parade in the forties. Still, her appreciation of the song changed altogether when she finally discovered Willie’s version on 1978’s Stardust, on a night in the Sierra Nevadas she recalls with absolute clarity. “I remember hearing it and staring at that [album] cover,” she says, “and really feeling like, wow, we’re like [on a] starry night outside at the cabin, and this is like a bedtime story being…
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