Hello paaaarty people!
Today’s Turnable Tuesday is brought to you by the letter C… for CAROLE.
Not that Carol. Carole with an E. The first (and so far only) woman honoured as the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize winner for her immense contributions to popular music. Kennedy Centre Honouree. Fierce political and environmental activist. Song-writing queen Carole King.
Many of us millennials know King as the voice behind the Gilmore Girls’ title sequence song “Where You Lead” (and from her bit-part as Stars Hollow music store owner Sophie Bloom) but there is a lot more to the story.
Carole King was born Carol Klein in 1942 and raised in Brooklyn, NYC. Over the course of her career she has written/co-written over 400 songs recorded by 1000+ artists, including “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” (first made famous by The Shirelles and later covered by Amy Winehouse- my personal favourite version) the ARETHA anthem “You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)” and “One Fine Day” (The Chiffons).
A dear friend of mine gave me a copy of King’s album Tapestry on vinyl when I was in high school. That album lead me to discover so many other artists that my brooding-teenage-Bright Eyes-obsessed-self needed to hear. SHARE GOOD MUSIC ESPECIALLY WITH TEENAGERS- DON’T LET JUSTIN BIEBER BE THEIR ONLY YARDSTICK OF QUALITY.
Speaking of youth, here is a quote from King’s recent interview with NPR’s Fresh Air:
“When I was younger, I was kind of fearless. I think it takes more courage to do things when you know more… I was like: Why can’t I do anything I want to do? Someone is going to get the thing or the opportunity I was looking for. Why not me? And the other side of that is: if you don’t try, you have no chance at all.”
(You can listen to the entire interview here: http://www.npr.org/2016/01/08/462269283/carole-king-the-fresh-air-interview)
King’s first solo effort, “Writer” was a flop. Her second try, Tapestry (released in 1971) stayed at No. 1 on the Billboard charts for fifteen weeks, and remained on that chart for SIX YEARS. King is a testament to a personal mantra of mine: nobody gets it on the first go. Stick it out and one day there might be a musical about you on Broadway.
Enjoy this Carole playlist:
and this Lady Gaga tribute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAJPS_IC-A
Thanks for tuning in!