This one is going to take you a while.
Something about living in a conversion van with plenty of office supplies after having a semi-successful heart attack...
You have a lot of time!
I saw someone post something on Yahoo I.M. that hearkened back to a Joni Mitchell song:
Big Yellow Taxi
(Told you this would take a while!)
SIDETRACK: Never was a huge Joni Mitchell fan. I was taking a nap at an outdoor show at Roosevelt Field to see Crosby, Stills, Nash, And Young when I heard this great jazz from the stage. Tom Scott had teamed up with her and it was great! Saw him later that year with George Harrison. If I ever get to transfer my Super8mm flicks to digital...I'll post.
And it reminded me of one of my absolute fav songwriters of that era...
Sad, sad story...
Died WAY too young..and angry...sad..bitter....
One need only pay attention to her lyrics.
If I recall correctly, she passed from ovarian cancer. The same thing that took Gilda from us and Gene Wilder.
WARNING NOT WORK NOR FAMILY FRIENDLY MATERIAL!
FUNNY as hell!!!
But back to Laura..
She wrote a lot of stuff that others made famous,..and performed better. The 5th Dimension..3 Dog Night..Blood, Sweat, And Tears...
They took her work...made it their own...and improved NOT on the song itself, but on it's performance.
None the less...she wrote from her heart. She was part of this East Village crowd that wrote boppy kinda songs. Like Buzzy Lindheart did....again improved upon by a performer..
SIDETRACK: Saw Buzzy once live at a local college. Accused this guy I knew, Julio, of talking during a song and got all pissy about it. Also, composed a theme for "Fox And Friends", the morning show on FOX NEWS.
But Laura...she was an influence. And when you listen to the structure of her music..the phrasing of her lyrics...you can see how she was oft imitated.
But in agony.
I saw 3 Dog Night live at The Pocono Raceway 1970 something. They came on at 6 something AM...performance pushed WAY back 'cause of the rain. Vocals blew me away..guitarist sucked live..drummer had steam coming off of him....happens.
And 2 other acts that used her talents...took the structure of what she unearthed from inside herself..and built upon it:
And When I Die:
It's like she's running from death in the way she records this. No moment for the nuance of what she created. In the original soundtrack of "E.T." versus the Boston Pops under John Williams, I always felt he rushed through the last orchestral moments on the latter. I feel the same about Laura's rendition of her song.
Blood, Sweat,and Tears version:
2 things I like about this.
A. It's on Vinyl...like the first time I heard it. Pops and all.
B. They looked at it...considered it...and let the song take it's time.
One last example:
The hesitation...the slowness...like it's something she wants to hold back..no give in to...commit..
The 5th Dimension version...
SIDETRACK 2: Guilty Fav! I could NEVER admit to my mates I liked this a lot!! I LOVE vocals and harmony! Did I mention I am a "Gleek"?
I encourage you all to revisit her music, especially as performed by others. I would listen to her version and it seemed like she said to herself:
As if running from her gift...her expression...probably her pain.
I have had a few loves and significant girls in my life.
Laura..intertwines through them all.
Ok...Gilda too...I mean how cute is she in the overalls????
Find her gifts and info..do the google thing!