Tracy Chapman @ TED2007

Tracy Chapman was one of the guests at TED2007. She participated in the “Icons. Geniuses. Mavericks” day and was scheduled to perform at the TALES OF PASSION afternoon from 4:45pm to 6:30pm on March 9, 2007 in Monterey, California.

Tracy Chapman at Ted2007 by Jurvetson
Tracy Chapman at Ted2007 by jurvetson @

Tracy Chapman performed 4 songs at TED 2007, 3 famous songs (including “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason” – “This song started as a message I left on an answering machine. It worked.“) and one TED-inspired song she had just composed for the event.

Wired reports on Friday, 9 March 2007: Tracy Chapman’s TED-inspired song:

Take that, Davos! Did anyone ever right a song about you? Tracy Chapman just performed a song she wrote recently that she said was inspired by TED. I assume the title is “Let Me Stop Thinking.” Here’s the chorus: published on her website:

Chapman tells us that she wants to sing about “love, marriage, and the midnight hour” – she invokes marriage because “when I’ve made something entirely new, I find it’s something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.” She tells us the stories behind the songs – they’re oblique but revealing. “Give Me One Reason” was sung into an answering machine, she tells me… and it worked…

(Chapman’s music has meant a lot to me over the years. We went to the same very special high school in Danbury, CT, though we didn’t overlap. Our school put heavy emphasis on physical labor, and I remember cleaning the music center library and finding an early composition of hers, titled “War Song”. I brought it to the director of the music center, who treated it as a holy relic. A few months ago, I was visiting a pair of remarkable, strong women activists in Zimbabwe and was thrilled to see that, in one of their collections of inspirational music as Chapman’s “Talkin‘Bout a Revolution” – and I hope I get the chance to tell her that later tonight.) –


Photos from jurvetson @, from the official website



TED is an annual event that brings together over 1000 thought leaders, doers and shakers in Monterey, California for four days of learning, laughter and inspiration.
They hear not only the latest ideas in technology, entertainment and design, but also in business, science and the arts… in fact, EVERY subject area that has something fresh and important to offer.
This unique breadth of content, and the quality of the people who deliver it, is what makes TED special. After four days, you come away with an understanding of how your own work fits into the larger web of knowledge.

And you get the change to connect with the extraordinary individuals who are helping to create a better future for us all. It costs $4,400 to attend the entire event (which lasts 4 days).



TED2007 / Icons. Geniuses. Mavericks. – Monterey, California / March 7-10, 2007

The past few TEDs have each had broad content themes: “The Pursuit of Happiness,” “Inspired by Nature,” “The Future We Will Create.”

TED2007 was different. Instead of a subject-matter theme, we simply put on stage fifty remarkable people…and let them share whatever it is they are passionate about.

This, of course, is what TED has always been about. Bring together extraordinary people from every area of thought, work and culture, and lo and behold, astonishing connections are made, excitement and inspiration follow.

It works this way because all knowledge is connected. Hearing experts in your field may deliver incremental improvements to what you do. But if you want the big breakthrough, the giant “Aha,” then you have to emerge from your trench, climb to higher ground and see the big picture.

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