she realized what was most important in life. that is her good legacy
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I feel bad. I still listen to one of her discs that has all of her hits, but I never knew until today that her career was derailed by the need to take care of her severely brain injured daughter. I always liked her and thought that her voice was unique, even though my friends made fun of me for it. It seems as if she was a very good person as well.
Phoebe Snow seemed out of place when she came into prominence back in the early 70s amidst Southern Rock, the Urban Cowboy influx, and on into the wave of Disco. That out of place originality set her apart from the on rush of glitzy glam talent. She was indeed gifted and special in her phrasing and her range, making her music still more memorable..
I recall spending many hours on the atlantic coast beaches, listening to her debut album enjoying her music, the scenery and her vocal gifts. Sunsets were always better with the lighter music of that day from her, Jackson Brown, Minnie Ripperton, Gino Vanelli, Jimmy buffet, Boz Scaggs, Pablo Cruise, joan Baez, , etc. amongst them all however Ms Snow always seemed to bring about a better pace and flow to those times.
Thats too bad. Its fascinating that she made a choice such as she did to sacrifice her ambitions for the needs of another. That is just so rare, its almost unheard of today. . Goodbye Phoebe. God bless.
When she came to Louisville back in the mid/late 1970's...memories get tricky that long ago...I seem to remember that she announced that she'd be going off the road to care for her then new born daughter.
Her potentially wonderful performance was spoiled for me by the incredibly LOUD VOLUME of the overall concert.
I went out to the lobby to listen...she was really remarkable as a vocalist. I wish her sound man hadn't been deaf.
A month later Chuck Mangione came to Louisville Palace--I got tickets LATE--they were up front in front of a 'stack', and I thought 'here we go again'. But NO, the sound was virtually acoustic--the sound man only used the stack for a tiny bit of amplification.
RIP Phoebe...you were unique AND a good mom.
I am very saddened by this news. Phoebe was a distinctive stylist. That rare kind of singer that had both an incredibly unique sound, and a palpable sense of honesty and sincerity in her singing. Most singers, in the absence of such sincerity, would sound merely "affected".
On a personal note: My wife and I have generally different musical tastes. She leans more to folk/pop. A Phoebe Snow concert in NYC two years ago was the only live performance by a "pop" artist that has ever inspired a night out for me. It was a great show. Phoebe will be greatly missed. RIP.