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There's been a resurgence of interest in the late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro's music, particularly stemming from the push toward her 2012 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That interest is well-placed: Nyro was a songwriter of amazing breadth. Sometimes overly earnest, Nyro's occasional forays into flower childhood were offset by excellent, wickedly honest and daring songs such as "Stoned Soul Picnic'' and "Sweet Blindness,'' as well as the gorgeously joyous love song "Wedding Bell Blues,'' which, despite the title, spends no time wallowing in self-pity. "I was the one who came runnin' when you were lonely/I haven't lived one day not lovin' you only/But kisses and love won't carry me til you marry me Bill.'' Admittedly, it's hard to say what will come of the Christine Spero Group covering Nyro's work, but in any case, it's certainly good that she's getting the attention she deserves. "Spero Plays Nyro'' by the Christine Spero Group begins at 8 p.m. Dec. 5 at Club Symply Fargone at Viva Bene, 144 Commercial St., Worcester. $20. (Victor D. Infante)

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Title Annotation:Living
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Dec 4, 2014
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