“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own;
and from morning to night,
as from the cradle to the grave,
it is but a succession of changes so gentle and easy that we can scarcely mark their progress.”
Yes. This is the one and only woman that inspired Neil Sedaka's most famous song, did you knew that? Well, I can see she had the looks and the moves... I'm sure she was quite an heart breaker. Oh Carol...
Anyways, I recently ordered her digitally remastered Tapestry album. I can only say that this has been one of my all time favorite albums and not having it siting on our media shelf was odd, to say the least. It has a lot to do with her voice and the way she delivers the music, but it has as much, or even more, to do with the memories it brings me.
My father introduced me to her. He used to have a recorded tape with his favorite musics in the glove compartment of the car and we would listen to it all the time, specially during our family Sunday rides. She is definitely part of those happy memories, and now, as we listen to her at our place, just the two of us doing ordinary stuff like washing the dishes, I can see we are building new memories around her music.
She will always be part of the soundtrack of my life.
So, now I invite you: make a pause and play it!
"I feel the earth move under my feet
I feel the sky tumbling down
I feel my heart start to trembling
Whenever you're around
Oh, baby, when I see your face
Mellow as the month of May
Oh, darling, I can't stand it
When you look at me that way"
And if by the end of the song you feel like, keep on listening, there's a special treat after. "You make me feel like a natural woman" and "You've got a friend" sung by the woman who wrote them. As much as I admire Aretha Franklin or James Taylor, for me those songs will always be in Carole's voice and no one else.