There are certain things you have to experience to understand the true beauty of it all. Music is just one of that beautiful things. These experiences can open your eyes to things that you have always known but never quite understood. This week’s artist is one of those beautiful experiences.
In 2010 (I think, but don’t hold me to that) my ma and I brought my dad tickets to the Troubadour Reunion Tour with Carole King and James Taylor. As I’ve said before Dad’s a huge James Taylor Fan. When we gave him the tickets he asked me – ‘You’re coming with us, right?’ To which I said ‘Hell Yes’ It was a very surreal experience to see someone I’d listen to since birth, to see them up on the stage in front of me, was quite an out of body experience. I knew I would have a great time, even before I went and I did. It changed my life in some aspects but what it also did was open the door to Carole King.
Of course I knew who Carole King was, of course I heard her music and own some of her albums but to tell you truth the Troubadour Reunion Tour was the night I fell in love with Carole’s music. Seeing this energetic beautiful sixty something run around this stage of the entertainment center in Sydney, in heels nonetheless. Singing her heart out with truth and love was something I will never forget. It was the night I become a Carole King fan.
Her career began in the 1960s writing songs, along with her then husband Gerry Goffin, who sadly past away last week. They wrote more than two dozen chart hits for many, many artists. Some very well-known songs I hadn’t realized they had written. King scored her breakthrough with the album Tapestry.
Tapestry. Is one of those albums of the sixties and seventies that absolutely everybody owned. Everybody owned Joan Mitchell’s Blue , Carly Simon’s No Secrets and Carole King’s Tapestry. It was in the chart for 15 weeks in 1971 and remained on the charts for more than six years. Carole King: Music was released in December 1971, certified gold on December 9, 1971. In September 1974, King released her album Wrap Around Joy, it gold went and was the birth of her hits . Jazzman and Nightingale.
No matter which decade Carole has been in she’s worked hard and the hits just seem to keep on coming. Well researching this piece she, she wrote and performed “Care-A-Lot”, theme to The Care Bears Movie in 1985. No wonder she has been in my psyche for so long. I used to watch that movie over and over again
Carole King even appeared in a television ad for the Gap, with her daughter, Louise Goffin. She performed a new song, “Love Makes the World”. She also appearances in the original Broadway production of Blood Brothers and was a resident in Stars Hollow running the music store in The Gilmore Girls
Originally Carole didn’t think she could be a singer, a front woman. It was James Taylor at the Troubadour one night, he talked her into coming up on stage with him. Image if he hadn’t. How different not only the music but the world in general would be if he hadn’t.
A few things we can all learn for Ms King, is to do what you love, be tenacious and always listen to our friends.