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Posted at 7:46 AM ET, 12/15/2010

♪♫ Joanna Newsom strums on a good day

By Melissa Bell
Joanna Newsom (Brandon Wu/The Washington Post)

The first time I saw Newsom, sitting on a bare stage, just this tiny woman and her harp, she appeared like some elfish woodland creature escaped from the nearest Renaissance Fair. Then she opened her mouth, and out came this child-like voice. It all seemed totally incongruous to the setting -- a punk rock bar -- and I wondered what strange show my sister had taken me to. But within a few minutes, I was transfixed. Last night, Newsome went on the David Letterman Show, harp in hand and captivated that audience too. Here's one of her most beguiling songs:

By Melissa Bell  | December 15, 2010; 7:46 AM ET
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