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Laura Smith

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As Long As I Am Dreaming (Borealis)

Laura Smith left us too soon in March 2020. Over the years, she produced a body of work that made her distinctive and plaintively beautiful voice familiar around the country. She was working on a retrospective project of her work when she died.

As Long As I Am Dreaming is the result of that work. It includes her classic, stunning, and haunting arrangement of My Bonnie and the lovely I Built a Boat. There are also two new songs recorded just before Laura died: On The Road To Glory, where she is joined vocally by Dave Gunning, and the title track, a lovely piano-accompanied ballad. Both are terrific.

A particularly interesting nostalgic feature in the collection is a 1974 recording done at Smale’s Pace, the legendary London, ON, coffee house, as well as a couple of late-’70s Toronto demos. The rest is an assortment from her past releases, including the wonderfully jazzy If I Were A Bell.

The CD booklet has lyrics, some of Laura’s poems, and parts of a visual creative project she called Dear Merebeth. As Long As I Am Dreaming is a fitting tribute to Laura Smith and her wonderful body of work.

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