What an explosive talent! Thank you for this rare recording. Somebody lent me, “Eli and the Thirteenth Confession”, at the same time they lent me, “Spiders from Mars.” I lovingly recorded them on nice, TDK cassettes on Dad’s stereo. Bowie was important. But her album changed my life. Mainly it gave me a little bit of insight into what it was that everybody else was getting, that I wasn’t. But the melodies and rhythms were just straight from the heart and never heard before. It must have been one helluva class at the High School of Music and Art, because she had a nurturing environment, associates, teachers, musicians, singers and friends. I’ve never known anyone to parallel her achievements with just piano and voice except maybe Carole King.
I heard some of the tempo variations and high notes and alto melodies from that iconic album just in this track. I still love to sit down and play and sing her version of “Stone Soul Picnic.”
Always nice to hear from another fan. I got to see Laura live several times!
Seeing Nyro here was the reason I started bookmarking this website. Thanks always.
Her live shows must have been wonderful.
They were quirky and depended on the venue. When she played a Steinway, the sound was majestic. When she played what was essentially a Casio keyboard that was miked (she drove her stage crew crazy), it sounded like she was playing inside a bathroom. But there was always that voice!