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12-10-2012 12:55 PM -- By: Lorenzo Settepanella, From: Roseto degli Abruzzi (Italy)
I didn't know in real time when Laura passed away, and after reading about it, months later, I was so saddened. I discovered her music when her first album was reissued on CD in Japan, and I immediately became fascinated by her voice and songwriting. It is a pure westcoast gem, wonderfully played, arranged, produced. I believe "Opening Up To You" is one of the greatest songs of that period, able to compare Laura's masterpiece to stuff like Valerie Carter's "Wild Child", Nicolette Larson's "In The Nick Of Time", Leah Kunkel's S/T album. I wish I could have thanked Laura for the good vibes along the years. She will be deeply missed. Many young musicians should listen to her music, and learn. R.I.P. , Laura. Your fan, Lorenzo
11-23-2012 1:22 PM -- By: don robertson, From: Hastings Nebraska
11-09-2012 8:11 PM -- By: Lachlan, From: Bedford, NH
Really nice memorial, particulary with Laura's tune playing in the background. Thank you for sharing a little bit of her life with those of us who, perhaps, heard of Laura, but knew little about her...
11-03-2012 12:52 PM -- By: Franco, From: Italy
Loved your music so much.
10-20-2012 4:51 PM -- By: ipiukixqs, From: lDrgnhMDxrMhlLhtfsJ
10-19-2012 8:54 PM -- By: Nerea, From: uCTSUmGel
Gracias por compartirlos, Bren, una eerinvtsta brillante! Me quedo con: "Todo lo que necesita el nif1o es la seguridad de que mame1 sabe lo que me pasa" La voy a volver a escuchar porque es sfaper jugosaBeso enorme!
09-10-2012 1:14 AM -- By: Joel, From: San Rafael
Moved to SF from East Coast in '75. Came upon Laura & Fairfax Street Choir at an outdoor festival. Their (and especially her) spirit and loving energy blew me away! Truly the voice of an angel. She really was a unique talent.
09-08-2012 2:16 PM -- By: paul, From: san francisco
I always loved Reflections. It was one of the first new age albums I ever bought. I still have it on cassette.
07-20-2012 12:04 AM -- By: , From:
we were in vega baja, puerto rico to set up for a festival, mar y sol. aand really had a wonderful time. you and dickens painted a vw van in true hippie style we all love you. rick and morningstar.
05-10-2012 11:02 AM -- By: nicholas maulding, From: austin Tx.
I remeber her from If i could only remember my name" underated,, under appreciated, a stellar talent
02-01-2012 9:21 AM -- By: Arielle, From:
Happy heavenly 60th birthday, Laura. Bright beams of love to you, my dear.
08-02-2011 11:40 PM -- By: Buddy Comfort, From: currently Santa Cruz, CA
When I first heard Laura sing at the Sleeping Lady Cafe in Fairfax back in the 70's I was enthralled by her beauty and her angelic songs and voice. Her music arose from another dimension and was healing for me and all who heard her.
I am so sorry to learn that she is gone. She has left us a legacy of music that is timeless.
I know her Spirit is on a another journey and she is brightening the lives of those in other places.
Bless you, dear one.
07-29-2011 7:02 PM -- By: ava rosenblum, From: edina, mn
What a lovely voice and gifted writer. I just heard about her in Cytnthia Weller's book. I am so glad I got to hear her. Thank you for putting up this site.
07-16-2011 1:23 PM -- By: Kenny White, From:
Just heard of her passing and am deeply saddened. Met her and Dickens at the house in Sleepy Hollow and listened many times to her beautiful voice and songs at the Sleeping Lady. She is the reason I first picked up a dulcimer. I have a (guess you would call it) bootlegged copy of 6 songs recorded at the House of Good where she played with Mark S. (on flute) and I believe Dickens (on tablas). Beautiful spirit, thank you Laura.
07-14-2011 9:28 AM -- By: Gerardo Zelaya, From: Peru
Disculpen que no se ingles , pero el Idioma Universal de la Musica me lleva a escribir mi agradecimiento a Laura,un Angel que nunca dejare de escuchar . Su Musica sana y Ruego a Dios porque Laura siga dando mas de su Corazon y de ese Amor que la Inspiro .
06-19-2011 12:42 PM -- By: Hajo, From: Germany
...one of my best records ever......
I love her songs and her voice - an exellent musician!!!!!
even know about her death today while touring through the net.
so many memoies in my life are within her songs.....
Thank you Laura !!!!!!
06-13-2011 4:31 AM -- By: Ron Javorsky, From: Long Beach, CA
I wish I could go to the Baked Potato and hear Laura. I heard Laura play several times in the LA area. I'm sorry I won't get the chance again. As a fellow musician, I miss her.
06-13-2011 4:28 AM -- By: Ron Javorsky, From: Long Beach, CA
I wish I could go to the Baked Potato and hear Laura.
06-05-2011 10:06 PM -- By: Rossco Gabriel, From: Marin County Ca.
Laura and I met in Marin Co. ca. in 1970 at the Resh House in Tam Junction.There was lots of talent in those days that played
The Resh House from Pamela Poland,The
Rowan Brothers,Uncle Vinty, Marcus McCallen,iasos,Peter Rowa and many more notable talent from the Bay Area and
Marin.Laura and I were both born on Feb. 1st 1952 12 hours apart. She and I were kinda soul brother and sister on a spiritral
plane only.I only saw the good,the pure and the light in her. We unfortuneitly became futher apart as she retreated to the East Bay and I traveled between LA and Marin until I started traveling more out of the country and back again.Laura and I celebrated our 21st Birthdays together in Mill Valley at Dickens studio.It was a night to remember and I will.I also introduced her to George Daly soon to be her Record Producer. I once even booked her at
The House Of Good my old Jewish Temple
on Geary and Fillmore on S F with Sylvester and The Pointer Sisters. Ahh, they were the best of times and she will be surely missed but always present in spirit.I will always hold her deep in my heart and always in my prayers. I will always love you in the purest way possible,Eternally Yours
Rossco Da Bossco Gabriel 6/5/11
05-29-2011 1:59 PM -- By: Arielle, From:
3 years have passed and I still can't fully believe you're gone. Miss you, miss you, miss you. Sending up Love & Light to your sweet spirit.
05-19-2011 4:38 PM -- By: , From: fla
angel day blessings to you...
05-03-2011 1:08 PM -- By: Cary Raditz, From: Nairobi
Laura was an extraordinary person who lived among extraordinary people doing extraordinary things. While doing research on her “Art Car” I just found out that she had died. The Car was just one facet in one cultural nexus among many through which she moved and worked. Laura’s boyfriend was in the art car was Dickens 44 Bascom, a star “Gluer" among those in the “Unknown Museum” of junk-glued objects on a side street in Mill Valley. The CA Highway Patrol voted their amazing car best in class for years. Laura and Dickens would show up in the car for concerts dressed in outrageous costumes a la “The Incredible String Band.”
I met Laura along with her instrument-maker mentor, Joellen Lapidus, at Joni’s house in Lookout Mountain Drive in Laurel Canyon in the summer of 1970. Joellen made Joni her first dulcimer. Laura was 18 at the time had just stepped out of a renaissance painting of angels. When I moved back to California from Greece in the fall of 1970, Laura, Joellen and I got to be friends. She and Joellen lived in a group house of music instrument craftsmen in Forest Knolls in the redwoods several blocks above Sir Francis Drake. The house was owned by Carolina, whose grandfather invented the concrete vibrator. Among the other gifted instrument craftsmen in that circle was Robbie Long, who lived and worked down the road in Lauganitas. Once in San Rafael behind the studio of tabla player, Ali Akbar Khan, Laura gave me a little scrap of white leather on which she had written in tiny script, “Good for a dance or two, and when we we're through, we’ll kiss the moon.” I carried that in my wallet for years waiting for a dance.
I saw Laura perform often at the “Sleeping Lady Café” in Fairfax, and as a member of the Fairfax Street Choir where she sang soprano and tap danced. She also performed as a strolling street musician in the Renaissance Pleasure Faire walking a tightrope playing a fiddle. The stories go on. I saw her last In the mid 80's in New York, 21 East 21st Street. Bye Laura, I was wonderful knowing you. XX
05-03-2011 1:06 PM -- By: Cary Raditz, From: Nairobi
04-23-2011 11:17 PM -- By: Bradly Scott (Ross-Itsalongstory), From: Marin / Wenatchee, WA
Laura's Family: I am so sorry for your loss. I've just now learned of, & am shocked to hear of, her passing.
I was introduced to Laura in '74, in the Sleeping Lady days, by Bryan (a band-mate of mine) & Heide Hodes, who said, "You Gotta see/hear this girl!" They were sure my Valje Congas & her Dulcimer/Zither/Piano/Flute/Vocals would be a match made in Heaven.
They were so inspired by Laura, that Bryan, a fine singer-songwriter-guitarist, made @ least 2 (or 3?) Dulcimers for Heide, who learned Laura's songs. - I was immediately mezmerised by Laura's music, & enamored by her inner & outer Beauty!
I was a huge fan (blades as big as a wind-machine!), went to all of Laura's concerts, & wanted badly (- later to be my nickname) to play Percussion with her, which I made clear...
Laura responded by singing entire shows directly to me with eye contact, much to the consternation of my guy friends! I thought I was dreaming, until, coming away from a particularly important (for Laura) S.F. show, they said, "Gee, I wish she'd sing to ME like that..." Maybe I was her muse...
My day-job was @ Pacific Stereo, so I schemed to hand-deliver (which was not part of the store's deal) her repaired (Dual?Nakamichi?) cassete-recorder to her house in Mill Valley.
Laura answered the door with that Magic Twinkle in her eye & that Golden Smile that would light up the world, & said, "ah, it's You!", & invited me in. She inspired me to write my 1st song... (about her...)
Laura was always extremely kind & gracious, & eventually had me over to her house to exchange tapes, kick stuff around, & discuss the possibilities of me joining her live, on Percussion.
It seemed this was about to come to fruition, when Laura was whisked off to L.A. for that 1st album, with "Professional, studio Musicians" (he said, with an aire of haughty-ness...!)
I later moved to Colorado, then Washington State, & lost contact with her. I've performed &/or recorded with more than 100 ensembles since, some famous, but I'll always lament not being able to pursue playing live / recording with Laura. Maybe I'll be fortunate enough to join her with the "Angels In Heaven Choir"!
The World is a better, more Loving place for Laura having graced it's surface; she touched our souls... Plus, she just sounded awesome! Laura will be Truly missed...
Thanx to Jeffrey for making this site available for our sharing. Thanx also to Pat & Bill Craig (I used to go to all your shows, too, you Devils!); Joel Bernstein; Carolyn (I used to have a crush on you - I know you remember...!); & everyone, for making this sad news just a little bit easier to assimilate, by reading all your stories... This was like visiting with Laura & old friends...! Bless You All !
Hallelujah! What a great time for Heaven!
Still compelled to make music, Bradly Scott, Percussionista
04-22-2011 12:15 PM -- By: mario alberto munguia, From: berkeley ca
02-21-2011 8:44 AM -- By: Paul Headon, From: Swansea Walesbw8
02-20-2011 1:32 PM -- By: gene mock, From: loomis, ca
Wish I would have known her in her time---she would be somewone I would call friend.
02-08-2011 4:59 PM -- By: tom, From: Vienna / austria
I was about ten when my brotherfirst played the Laura Allen album (80´ or so). From this moment on some of the songs came along withe me until today. Maybe i didnt listen for a year, but finally your songs came back to me anyhow. Thank you for all the music - your songs feels like part of my family. love & peace whereever U are
02-01-2011 9:57 PM -- By: , From:
God Bless You! What a beautiful lady!
01-29-2011 12:44 PM -- By: jim hunt, From: sonora,ca
I saw Laura in the '70's w/ crosby @ the palace of fine arts, & was capivated by her perfomance, very raw & genuine. I really hope she,Her music,& her instruments will live on in the souls of those She touched, because She touched me.
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