Just like there is such a thing as comfort food, there is definitely comfort music, and for me, nothing makes me feel more at home, protected and warm as Carole king´s timeless masterpiece Tapestry.
I Feel the Earth Move – Carole King
Being a member of one of the most famous writing duos of all time, Carole King had already written many hits for almost a decade with her then husband Gerry Goffin. Songs like The Loco – Motion, Chains and Up On the Roof are only a sample of a woman who shaped pop music, so when she decided to listen to her friend´s James Taylor advice and release a debut album (“Writer”) she was bound to get noticed. With the release of her second album, she would consolidate her position as one of music´s most important female artists, and set the template for female songwriters ever since.
So Far Away – Carole King
Did I mention the album cover has a cat? I think I rest my case!
Anyway…Carole king was born on February 9th, 1942 in New York. She started playing piano when she was 4 years old and when she was in high school she was making demos with her friend Paul Simon. She went on to university, where she met her writing partner and husband Gerry Goffin. They got day jobs and wrote together in the evenings. In that time also had her daughter Louise. They went on to record many hits, like the one bellow, which turned out the first No. 1 hit by a black girl group.
Will You Love Me Tomorrow – Carole King
Tapestry was recorded along with James Taylor´s Mud Slide Slim and both tracks included the song “You´ve Got a Friend“. The song became a No. 1 for Taylor and the album went on to become one of the best selling albums of all time. It was at No.1 for 15 weeks (longest ever by a female solo artist at that time, and for a long time after that), stayed in the top 10 for 46 weeks, has sold over 25 million copies worldwide. The album won 4 Grammy awards including Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Female, Record of the year and song of the year.
It’s Too Late – Carole King
All the songs on the album are good, evocative, nostalgic. They all have deep meaning and her intimate take on songs, with only her voice and piano playing, make you feel as if listening to a friend playing in your living room (an extremely talented one) but a friend nonetheless. Joy and pain and balanced throughout, and like someone put it, its for looking back as well as moving forward.
King has made 25 solo albums, and has been inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and recently she was the first woman to be the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize and in 2015 became a Kennedy Center Honoree, where Aretha´s performance blew everyone away. However, there is something that only Carole can bring to one of the greatest songs of all time and the final one we include in this post.
(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman – Carole King