A reader writes:
You have written eloquently and movingly about Nancy LaMott, but I never really had a chance to hear her sing. Just now, sitting in my office, with Pandora Radio in the background, Johnny Mercer’s “When October Goes” came on. It was the most incredible singing I have ever heard. It absolutely blew me away. It’s as if her very soul was pouring out
through the song. Rare are the moments when you hear a song and you
just know that it can never–ever–be done any better. You should
remind your readers what a gift she was–and is.
My friend Nancy died thirteen years ago next month, but her voice is still with us, and I’m glad to see that people are still discovering it. That particular song is on Come Rain or Come Shine: The Songs of Johnny Mercer, my favorite of her albums. Give it to someone you love for Christmas.