In the meantime, I have one album, which is a great album to have if you only have one. Laura Nyro's New York Tendaberry Originally released in 1969 - I remember spending hours and hours listening to it, so rich with sound and her vocals soaring through them - like one crazily vocal bird or an entire murmuration.
The lyrics of Time and Love...I am reminded of what a touchstone they have always been for me. Both then, and hearing them again, now. A panacea to what we are going through, for sure.
Early on I was able to see her twice in Detroit. Once at the University of Detroit, in the Memorial Union - which I remember as a gym. She and her piano were on risers and we sat in the round - I was very, very close to her piano. It was remarkable. The other time was at Masonic Temple, also a great venue - but more traditional.
I've missed the rhythm of how an album is set up. I've missed the kind of focus it requires...and I've even missed having to get up and turn it over.
Happy 2020 to us all.