mardi 3 mai 2011

Serious Playground

I made this tribute to Laura Nyro, the great singer/songwriter of such songs as "And When I Die", "Eli's Coming" and so many more, and though many people and groups covered her songs, including the 5th Dimension and Barbara Streisand, you have to hear her sing them in her own strong, passionate, yet vulnerable voice.

"Serious Playground" is from Laura's last studio album, "Angel in the Dark", recorded in 1994-95 and released posthumously. She died of cervical cancer in April, 1997, just as her mother did before her, both at age 49. I have read that she was sick during these last recordings, and I always think how profound and courageous these words are: "I'm down for the music of my life..."

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