Tracy Chapman @ TED2007


Tracy Chapman was among the guests at the TED2007 event. She participated in the “Icons. Geniuses. Mavericks” day, and scheduled to perform at the TALES OF PASSION afternoon at 4:45pm until 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 during her performance at TED 2007, 3 famous songs (among then “Fast Car” and “Give Me One Reason” – “This song started as a message I left on an answering machine. It worked.”) and a TED inspired song she 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:

And now all I do is sit in my darkened room/And on occasion break my silence to howl at the moon/To curse every nerve and neuron in my brain/That will stop the pain I’m feeling/And let me stop thinking/Stop thinking of you. says: 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 “Talking ‘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 a yearly event that brings together more than 1000 thought-leaders, movers and sharkers in Monterey, California every year for four days of learning, laughter and inspiration.
They hear not just the lastest ideas of Technology, Entertainment and Design, but also Business, Science and The Arts … in fact ANY subject area offering something fresh and important.
This unique breadth of content, and the quality of the people who deliver it, are what make TED special. After four days, you gain an understanding of how your own work fits into the larger web of knowledge.

And you get the change to connect the extraordinary individual who are helping create a better future for us al. It cost $4.400 to attend the whole event (that lasts 4 days).



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