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Memorial created 06-4-2008 by
Jeffrey Lambert
Laura Rachel Allan
February 1 1952 - May 19 2008

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06-23-2008 11:49 AM -- By: Charlene (Francom or Craig or Savelberg),  From: Napa and Marin, California  

I moved from Napa to Marin in 1972 and attended the College of Marin in the Music Dept. This is where I first saw Laura performing at lunchtime, out on the lawn. I was sooooo captivated by her simple beauty and warmth, along with her original songs that were totally incredible! She was the "Whole Package"! Her passion for life and love rang through in her songs. What a "Golden Beauty"! Then I saw her perform in the Fairfax Street Choir and knew I had to be a part of this wonderful group that had her influences throughout. I was soooo thrilled to join the Fairfax Street Choir and be a part of such an inspiring group of people. A few years ago, I search for Laura online and was thrilled to have an opportunity to buy some of her music. My children and husband also loved her music....new converts...LOL! Laura will ALWAYS hold a special place in my heart, that time and death will not destroy! I simply adored her....this precious one!


06-23-2008 11:26 AM -- By: Julie Straton,  From: West of Atlanta  

Gather Together

I stood enthralled as Laura played and sang with the choir, somehow lifting and being lifted at the same time by the voices behind her.  I wanted nothing more at that moment than to be part of that creation .  Laura inspired me and it was through this one occurance that I made the decision that was to shape my life for 20 years.  I joined the Choir and got to know Laura and was musically and spiritually enriched in the process.  Thank you Laura, a new choir has gained your golden voice.

06-23-2008 10:15 AM -- By: Patrick Lappert,  From:  

With love from your little friend in the Fairfax Street Choir.

06-23-2008 5:51 AM -- By: ,  From:  

Sitting close to the stage at the Sleeping Lady Cafe where you sang in your angelic ways in your beautiful clear voice, I would often feel transported to a free and peaceful place. Thank you Laura for sharing your gift.

Fly well and free.



06-23-2008 4:12 AM -- By: Tricia Moorea aka Gypsy,  From: hawaii currently  

  Wow, I just did another search on Laura a few days ago and all I had time for was to find a my space that someone else put up by the looks of it.

 I found out the news today from a friend who was also a part of the Fairfax Street Choir. There is a website that I put up www.fairfaxstreetchoir.com some time ago. There are pictures of Laura there also.

 I was very sad to hear she passed and of such a devastating disease. I had no idea. Alot of people had tried to find her because we wanted to get release forms for  the music she did with the choir because we are planning to release some CDs, and also we would have loved for her to come to the reunion when that happened.

 I wept for her passing because I did not know what was happening or why she didn't answer emails. Now I know.

I communicated with Laura about 6 years ago or so by email. She had told me that she was living in Oakland and that she was in a 15 year relationship at the time.

 Her music and pristine voice will always be remembered. She was a true talent and will be missed. I will remember her always and know that she is and always will be playing those beautiful stringed instruments  in a special place for angels..

 Aloha nui loa Laura and Happy Trails to you til we meet again...

06-22-2008 11:57 PM -- By: Billy Bramblett,  From: Fairfax/Petaluma  

 Let us Gather Together in the Great Storm Song to remember

the wonderful times we had together, singing and loving and

celebrating this life....Look, over yonder...

06-22-2008 8:21 PM -- By: Samantha Allan,  From: Los Angeles  

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to find and visit this site…

Laura was my aunt, of sorts, the half sister of my father, and the day she walked into our life was like pulling back a curtain, seeing sunshine.

As an eight year old, she was my highest and most cherished muse; this incredible woman who could sing, play anything she set her mind to, and taught me that it doesn’t matter how old or young you are when it comes to making amazing music. I listened to all of her CDs, memorized all of her songs, and, despite the seldom times we got to see her, loved her to no end.

It’s come as quite a shock to know she’s gone, but I know she lived an exceptional life. I love you, Aunt Laura, now and forever. Thank you for all the amazing things you did for me, and the rest of my (our) family.

06-22-2008 5:57 PM -- By: Mark Adler,  From: Santa Monica  

 Where to begin, Laura? I feel like I’ve got a hole in my bucket.  Jeffery has lost a sister, I’ve lost a friend and collaborator, and we’ve all lost an enthusiastic, crazy, gifted, spontaneous, multi-talented singer/songwriter with a unique voice.  Laura was the real deal.  Did I mention she was beautiful inside and out?  I first met her back in the Fairfax Street Choir Days.  I remember this as if it was yesterday:  Sitting in with her and Joel Bernstein at the Sleeping Lady Café, playing piano on “If You Only Knew.”  (I remember the magic in the room, and how lucky I felt to be a small part of that.)  We reconnected around 2000.  I asked Laura if she would play on the score I was composing for the movie FOCUS.  She arrived at my studio with guitar, dulcimers, flutes, and a harpoleck.  I had laid down the basic tracks for a short, simple piece—but something was missing.  Laura knew right away what that was.  She sat down, strummed that dulcimer, and left magic in her wake.  The piece was transformed.  Laura was that kind of transformative force, if the word can be applied to such a gentle spirit.  Here’s to you, my friend.  To paraphrase a song of yours (perhaps my favorite), you have left us with what keeps shining when all the light’s gone.

06-20-2008 4:21 PM -- By: Corry Hanna,  From: N. Cal  

Deep condolences to Laura's family and friends-for some reason Laura and her song "One Way Ticket" have been on my mind, so I was saddened to learn of her passing. Though I did not know her, I fondly remember her singing and playing dulcimer in the Mt. Tamalpais amphitheatre, surrounded by children-such a vision for an 18 year old that I was inspired to write a song about her. A few years back I was able to email her and she was very gracious. She was an amazing talent, and it's a pity her recordings are so hard to find.

06-15-2008 7:26 PM -- By: kailey albritton,  From: mascotte  

I am very sorry to hear of your terrible loss,I have lost a cousin, Megan Hensley, and I feel your pain.You are lucky to have them but when you loose them it is hard to describe the pain as thoughno words could describe it.

06-11-2008 11:41 PM -- By: Mie Takeda,  From: Kapaa, Kauai  

Laura, you've been a very special person in my life since 1978 when I first discovered your music and the amazing meeting eighteen years laterAlthough we hardly had a chance to spend time together,  there was always a special connection. Keep singing to me, Laura and make me smile



(I bet you and Nadine a having a great time up there)


06-11-2008 7:21 PM -- By: Leslie,  From: Los Angeles  

I'm very sad to hear of Laura's passing.  I've been a huge fan since her first album.  I'm sure this must be difficult for her half brothers Mike and Tim as well.  My condolences to all of the family and I'm glad I have all of her albums to remember her.

06-11-2008 2:24 PM -- By: Barbara Lewis Mill,  From:  

I'm so sorry!  I wish your family peace


06-09-2008 7:45 PM -- By: John Palmer,  From: Mill Valley  

Laura was a lovely person in every way.  Though I haven't seen her in many years, I can still picture her playing her dulcimer, words and music floating on a voice sweeter than nectar.  Glad to have know her...

06-09-2008 7:44 PM -- By: John Palmer,  From: Mill Valley  

Laura was a lovely person in every way.  Though I haven't seen her in many years, I can still picture her playing her dulcimer, words and music floating on a voice sweeter than nectar.  Glad to have know her...

06-09-2008 10:58 AM -- By: Marla Bradley,  From:  

I will remember Laura singing and playing songs at our wedding reception.  One of the pictures in our wedding album is of Laura singing and her niece Emily standing next to her.  It was shortly after the release of her first album.  She was excited and talked about her music.

She was very lucky to have her brother Jeffrey by her side through her battle with cancer.   She will be missed. 

06-09-2008 1:16 AM -- By: Doris Cheng,  From: San Francisco  

It was a privilege to be part of your life, a pleasure to know your family.  Jeffrey, you remain in my thoughts and prayers.

06-08-2008 10:23 PM -- By: Jan and Phil Mignaud,  From: Vulcan  

PEACE Laura,  

Each day I walk past your magical and colorful murals I think of you.  I enjoyed our chats and little interactions around the Vulcan.  I miss bumping into you at the Free Zone  (funny how the day you left, the Free Zone stretched as far as the mail boxes! ).   I was fasinated by your character, talents and charm Laura.  Your Spirit is still strong around here- I think it always will be.  PEACE LAURA . Love, jan


06-08-2008 7:49 PM -- By: Richard Marks,  From: Maui  


I am so sad to hear of Lauraʻs passing. I lived in the Bay area for 25 years and used to perform her beautiful fiery song entitled Storm Song with my musical partner Marcus Mc Callen. Whenever we performed that song we always received rave reviews.

Marcus and I always felt she never received the recognition she desrved for her beautiful soaring voice and fine crafted songs. Today I will take my Martin 12 string to the ocean  and sing Storm Song and send it sailing off into the sky to meet Laura.

She was a beautiful shining light that I will carry in my heart,


With warm aloha

Richard Marks


06-08-2008 6:53 PM -- By: mike lambert,  From:  

Laura's untimely death is very sad.  She faced many challenges in her life and continued to make music and build a life and make music.

06-07-2008 10:03 PM -- By: Patti Lightflower,  From: Cincinnati Area  

You've been on my mind for several weeks. I've been a fan since 87 when your cassette "Reflections" was a precious gift to me from one of your admirers.  Just now I went searching the internet to find more of your music and turn my cassette into a CD.  I am saddened to find this page and to see you left us so recently!  Your heart felt music and song will live on in our hearts and souls.

06-06-2008 6:25 PM -- By: Alan Ocampo,  From: Fremont, CA  

Your love and spirit will live on in those you touched. Thank you for everything and wish i had a chance to get to know you and more about you.

06-06-2008 12:32 AM -- By: Jay Cavey,  From: Chicago  

I only know Laura through her brother, Jeffrey.   Yet, having never met her, I feel as though she would have been a great friend.  Forward-thinking, friendly, cutting-edge, funny, a great smile, determined...all the things we wish for in an amazing person.

I know you're already missed, Laura...I'm sorry we never had the chance to meet face-to-face. 

My thoughts and prayers to all who knew you!

- Jay (Chicago)

06-05-2008 10:24 PM -- By: George Daly,  From: Mill Valley  

Goodbye Laura, we all saw too little of you in the last few years until the last few months, but we still miss you so much.  I used to say to you laughingly "when you are gone, there won't be another one like you ever again."  Now I know it's true and you are sorely missed.  Say hi to Nadine and keep the dulcimer tuned.  We love you.  George and Mary Anne and Wm and Ben, your fans forever.


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