Such sad news. It is reported that Phoebe Snow has passed away.
The New York Times has a really wonderful write up of her life and career. The Times says she was 60, but other sources put her age at 58.
I didn't know much about her, other than she had an amazing voice and that she seemed to have disappeared for a time. Apparently she had a daughter born with developmental problems and devoted much of her time to taking care of her. The daughter, Valarie, who was not expected to live beyond toddler age died in 2007.
In a recent interview Snow said her daughter was her reason for living, that through her she experienced the best love had to offer. Maybe it's fitting that she deserves rest now, after a life of challenges.
The song for which she was most well known is also my favorite. Poetry Man is so emblematic of a period of time in my life. Listening to it transports me to my childhood where the cares of the world are far, far away.
Phoebe Snow will be so missed. if there is an afterlife, I hope she is happy now with her grateful daughter and together they can make beautiful music.