Monday, January 24, 2011

New York Tendaberry



When I was in high school, I discovered "New York Tendaberry" by Laura Nyro. It remains my favorite album ever. This is the last song on it. I heard the passion and the poetry she created and knew that's what I wanted to do, and be.

I had never heard anything like her, and still haven't. When I heard this song the first time, I cried. When I heard this song just now, I cried. She made me want to be a passionate original who could turn the world around her into amazing art. The place shown in the opening? I wanted to live there. I wanted to be Laura Nyro. Well, I'm me, and that's turned out all right, I think.

Enjoy.

16 comments:

ellen abbott said...

Yes, I think so. Had you been her we wouldn't have you and what a loss that would have been.

Shadow said...

don't blame ya! tender, emotional, exquisite...

hedgewitch said...

This was one of my favorite albums in high school til my mother 'accidentally' misplaced it and I never saw it again. I don't know why because it was a lot less disturbing than a lot of other stuff I played incessantly--must have hit a nerve. I love her voice and her motown stylin' but one of her is plenty--better one you than two hers. Thanks for the time travel.

Mama Zen said...

What a voice!

TALON said...

Wow! Awesome, Shay.

Yes, being you is exactly right.

Ami Mattison said...

Laura Nyro is always worth a good cry! I'm glad you are you! Thanks for sharing some beauty today!

moondustwriter said...

I can see why it's your fave

you are passionate, one of a kind you and it has turned out all right

moonie hugs for your week

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Wow, I hadnt heard her and her voice is AMAZING. And when it comes to being "a passionate original, who turns the world around her into art" - that is EXACTLY what you do - every single day! And I am so grateful for that!

Neva Flores said...

awesome and we are so glad you set these goals for yourself and that we have come to know you.

Lynn said...

I think you are a passionate original, Shay - that comes across in your poetry. Beautiful song, that.

Daryl said...

As soon as I saw the post title I was humming, love that 'album' ... I believe I downloaded it from iTunes a while back, now I must find and play it ... and that's Brooklyn Heights, I am 99.99% sure ..

La Belette Rouge said...

Gorgeousness. I am grateful to Laura for inspiring you. I can't imagine what would have happened if she didn't serve as a muse for you. It is my hunch that you, Tiger-friend, would have been a poet anyway. It is just who you are. Morrissey( and the Smiths) had the same kind of impact on me.
xoxo
Weasel-friend

mac said...

I think you turned out just right !


I suppose had you become her, I'd have a dear friend named Laura Nyro ;-)

Lulú said...

Passionate and beautiful, like you.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Oh my, she's fabulous. Easy to see why you're inspired.
Cheers, jj

jen revved said...

So intense, this opening-- you are true to a fiery lyrical genius within you-- a pleasure to get to read you, FB...xxxj