I can understand some being dubious. But I've kept my promises so far this year.
I do love the album. And I've been listening to it for several weeks now.
I try not to jump street date. I know I did with M. Ward but only found that out afterwards.
I'll tell you that if you're on the fence about getting Bonnie's new album, go download "Standing In The Doorway." I think that will make you decide to download it in full.
Okay, other music. Michelle Kort wrote a lousy book on Laura Nyro. She also forgot to 'credit' those who helped with that book.
(Online, she sent out a plea for help and farmed out research. Those people should have been thanked. They were not thanked. They were not mentioned in the book, they never even received a thank-you e-mail from Kort. That's beyond rude and borders on sweat shop labor, if you ask me.)
Kort has a blog post at Ms. magazine. It's typical Kort. It starts off okay (not great):
In 2010, the Songwriters Hall righted that omission. And tomorrow night, 15 years after her passing, Laura Nyro will be inducted into the mostly boys club that is the Rock Hall.
You say you don’t know who Laura Nyro is? Well, the name might not ring a bell, but surely her songs will. Especially the one with the bells in it: “Wedding Bell Blues,” which was a #1 hit for The 5th Dimension in 1969 and has since made its way into the lexicon as the title of a number of TV show episodes involving marriage, as well as being played or sung on several, including an episode of Glee.
And then come the errors. Such as this:
Laura’s voice felt like it was coming from our own hearts–a young woman seeking a passionate engagement with life, both personally and politically. In a song such as “Tom Cat” she was railing about an unfaithful lover; in another (see Nyro below in one of her rare TV performances) she was shouting “Save the Country” after the horrific wave of assassinations in 1968. Her songs were sexy, soulful and New York sophisticated, melding all the influences she’d grown up with: opera, jazz, Tin Pan Alley, folk, 50s doowop and 60s soul music.
MLK is the "king" in the song. MLK is an inspiration for the song. RFK and JFK are "the two young brothers." They're an inspiration as well. JFK was not assassinated in 1968. The other major inspiration?
The Vietnam War. In fact, it is equal to the others in the song -- maybe more so since we hear "In my mind I can't study war no more" over and over in the song. How telling that Kort 'forgets' war.
And I've never known a lesbian (Kort) more eager to credit men for things they didn't do -- another hallmark of her bad writing. In the post she floats that Elton John and Elvis Costello recently praising Laura may have gotten her into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Does the idiot not know how the process works? If you don't make it in by the the second time you make the short list, the third time you're an automatic in. That's how it works. Sorry that Kort's an idiot.
Even worse, in the clip Elton and Elvis make multiple mistakes and Kort doesn't correct them in her post.
Two examples. New York Tenderberry is not Laura's second solo album, Eli & The Thirteenth Confession. (Elton gets that wrong.) Elvis states that Laura was thought to have bombed at Monterey Pop. She didn't bomb. For years, that was what people thought. Then the director of the film capturing the festival and Michelle Phillips (and I think Lou Adler) were gearing the film up for the DVD release and looking at additional footage. Laura went over very well. Michelle has spoken of how she wanted to call Laura and let her know about that but Laura passed away and she wasn't able to.
This month a more important induction takes place. I'll write about it Monday hopefully. (That's not to take away from Laura. That is to say the sexism of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame means I don't take the Hall seriously.)
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"