The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Present Day Composer #64

Laura Nyro (1947-1997)


azfad said...

love nyro - shes not nearly as well known as should be i feel.

And - she wasn't booed offstage at Monterey...

P. said...

Laura was great, loved her album with Labelle....

Maya said...

I adore Laura. Met her in an elevator here in San Francisco. Thank you so much for this photo.

Ann O'Dyne said...

Lucky's In Town!

ditto what everybody above said.
Ms Nyro's influence should be publicly acknowledged by all the recent emulators.

Maya: was she nice to you?
Could you think of a non-gushy thing to say?