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Time and Love: The Art and Soul of Laura Nyro Paperback – August 1, 2002

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  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Cherry Lane Music; PAP/COM edition (August 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575604876
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575604879
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.3 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,511,696 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm not a musician. I bought this just out of interest & wanting to know more about how Laura thought and background. I would think a musician would want sheet music to play the songs as they were written by Laura, not as arranged by someone else. Where is the original opening of "To A Child"?
Her hand written notes are interesting but presenting them as a collage doesn't allow the reader to really see them. Very interesting how some verses or lines of a song she released had at one time been part of another song either released or unreleased. Did she really have to write down her on-stage banter?
The accompanying cd is a disappointment. Three songs is fine but why are two of them covers of someone else's songs?? Doesn't make sense when it's part of a songbook of her music. The cover of Stevie Wonder's "Creepin'" is great though--better realized than his own version cause she expresses that word in both the music and her singing.
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"Time And Love" is the second songbook of seminal singer/songwriter Laura Nyro (1947-1997). However, the first one has been long out of print so for those (like me) who are curious about a theoretical study of her songs, this songbook is a useful purchase. However, on receiving it from amazon.com surprisingly early, I was initially impressed, but ultimately there are many faults to be found.

Glancing through "Time and Love: The Art and Soul of Laura Nyro" does clearly give some clues to the extraordinary complexity of chords and tempo changes that made New York Tendaberry and the more difficult Christmas And The Beads Of Sweat extraordinary, ahead-of-their-time masterpieces. Laura Nyro, in contrast to the expectations of rock critics of this and subsequent eras, would never resort to loud three-chord rock. Yet, the notation used in the book is unclear - no exact tempos and very little understanding of the structures that her songs, on close examination, do actually have.

Even on her most "rock" material, such as "Beads Of Sweat", guitar players (there Duane Allman) were never allowed to indulge in heavy solos. Instead, they moved remarkably fluently with the groove of the song and its rises and falls. Most of her material was complex, many-chord and piano-based, with the added difficulty of a complex, multipersonal narrative style that can easily baffle critics.
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"Time and Love" is a useful guide to playing many of Laura Nyro's better-known songs. It is edited by Milt Okun, who produced her first album. Although Nyro's songs were piano-based, the book also provides arrangements for guitar, which are surprisingly effective, considering Nyro's use of complex chords, often with notes added or ommited.
The book doesn't convey the full complexity of Nyro's own piano-playing, or her use of unpredictible tempo changes. However, it gives a good insight into the structure of the songs, and familiarity with her music should overcome such problems.
The songs are arranged as well as can be expected in a book of this type, and better than many I have owned. The choice of songs is good, although there are very few songs from her later albums (nothing at all from "Smile", "Nested", or "Live at the bottom line"). Still, we get "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Blackpatch", and "Upstairs by a Chinese Lamp", and those three alone make this book worth buying, in my opinion.

The book is beautifully presented, unlike any songbook I have ever seen. It contains many photos, paintings by Laura, and some interesting extracts from her journals. These reveal an artist who took her work very seriously, but also had a sense of humour (her comments about fans who objected to her performing "Wedding bell blues" made me laugh). There is also an interview with Laura about her songwriting, which is an interesting addition.
As if the book wasn't already a must for any fan, it comes with a Cd containing three unreleased tracks, including an excellent Stevie Wonder cover (Creepin').
Overall, this book is excellent. Although not comprehensive (let's hope for more books like this), it is a great introduction for anyone who wants to play Laura Nyro's songs. And it even goes some way towards showing the artist behind this incredible music.
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Desperate to have a more complete collection of Laura's sheet music, I purchased this songbook. I was very pleased with the interpretations and musical notation. They seemed pretty faithful to the recordings. The notes and collages were pretty and the extra audio CD was a nice touch. My favorite arrangement is for "Time & Love."
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Glossy, impersonal, poor arrangements, nosey intrusions into Laura's own stage notes...I found this offensive and just commercial. The first Laura songbook was gorgeous from cover design/photo, selected drawings, photos, and great arrangements. This is a poor, poor sequel. It is not what Laura would have wanted to express her music, thoughts, ideas, and certainly not emotions. I hope lyrics and reminiscences gets back to the earth mother and sister we all love.
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