arts 01.6.15

Laura Nyro
Every Person in New York

The photograph of Laura Nyro above looks as if it could have been taken yesterday.

For fans of the singer-songwriter, she is a presence, present, in ways that can not be easily explained but can be easily felt. Perhaps her greatest gift as a songwriter and singer is this transitive sense that she is exploring craggy emotional subterrain and revealing the fathoms to you in the here and now, by her side at the piano.

If you haven't had the Laura Nyro experience, start with Eli and the Thirteenth Confession and New York Tendaberry, arguably her greatest work. Ms. Nyro died in 1997 of ovarian cancer, but she continues to move us from the sweet sky.

On Thursday, January 15, at The Old Stone House, Brooklyn Reading Works presents New York Tendaberry: The Iconic Songs and Life of Laura Nyro, with performances by a talented group of singer-songwriters. Tickets are $25.



Below, the lyrics to Mother's Spiritual, perhaps the most beautiful and quintessentially Laura Nyro song. (Available here)


On a street corner where the kids boogie all night
Or where the winds sing and the stars shine like holiday lights
Come a band of angels
Salvation in their might and as for peace on earth

Feel this love, my brothers and sisters
Feel the season turn, she is the mother of time
Wonders that take you, rivers that give
That's where mother's spiritual lives

Talk of a ruby, love, lover's share
Find your love, lose your love here and there
So you go home, do your own thing, the ocean sings to me
That love is always alive and part of thee

Feel this love, my brothers and sisters
Feel the season turn, she is the mother of time
Light and darkness come to her kiss
'Cause that's where mother's spiritual lives

Come to the lights my sisters and take what you need
Doesn't matter, my brothers, your Sunday creed
'Cause each one's a lover to this winter night star
A pilgrim, a pioneer, that's who you are

Feel this love, my brothers and sisters
Feel the season turn, she is the mother of time
It's not war, it's life she gives
And that's where mother's spiritual lives








Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until i2t is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.







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