I’m in Wednesday’s Wall Street Journal with a piece about my beloved friend Nancy LaMott, the nonpareil cabaret singer who died nine years ago, and her newly released CD, Live at Tavern on the Green:
“Live at Tavern on the Green” is the only recording of any of Nancy’s live shows to have been released commercially. It was taped at her final public performance. She was wearing a wig, having lost her bottle-blonde hair to chemotherapy. Seven weeks later, she was dead. Yet her sweetly husky mezzo-soprano voice had somehow remained untouched by the terrible disease that would soon take her away from all the things for which she’d longed, and she sang as if she knew she’d never have another chance. When she was done, the Chestnut Room of New York’s Tavern on the Green exploded in rapturous applause. That’s how I remember it, anyway, and I was there….
No link, so pick up a copy of today’s Journal if you’re out and about today. This one means a lot to me.
(To order Live at Tavern on the Green and Nancy’s other albums, go here.)
UPDATE: Live at Tavern on the Green is shooting up the amazon.com sales charts today. It’s the #17 music seller as of this hour, up from roughly #300 last night. I can’t even begin to say how gratified I am, though of course it’s mixed with bittersweetness….
MORE: Now it’s #7. It’s been climbing steadily all day.