Hi Debra/Virgil – Debra J. Wolstein
Thank you so much for the feedback.
I would love to acquire the 1973 version of your treatment of Désiree.
You are the first person who had personal knowledge of Lauria
to admit to a belief of their intimate connection pre-1977.
“Laura & Maria had to have at least tested the waters in the early 70’s
for that song to have manifested in ‘71 as such a personal tribute of love and desire.”
Your agreement and support comes at a critical time for me.
June 10, 2009 is Maria’s 55th birthday.
I was despairing of ever finding an appropriate birthday present.
Edgar Allan Poe married his first cousin, Virginia Clemm, when she was thirteen.
Jerry Lee Lewis married his first cousin, Myra Gale Brown, when she was thirteen.
Perhaps, as Laura sang in “Emmie’…time to design a woman”?
While respecting by her discretion, Maria’s tender age,
Laura could not resist her own love’s vanity.
In her flame, “Emmie” Laura sang (bragged)
“oo who stole Mama’s heart and cuddled in her garden? darlin’ Emmie, la la la, oo la la la…”
Eli was an album of confessions.
According to Charlie Calello, every song “had some underlying meaning about her own life.”
Michele Kort, Soul Picnic, p. 62.
Now, it is not so grand a leap, i.e. Emily – Emmie – M – Maria.
Thank You for your gift and Happy Birthday Maria.
P.S. How preciousness must be your time in rehearsing “Songs for a New World;”
this comes as such a boon.