Monday, April 9, 2012

Literary Time

Did any of you guys catch that excerpt from Carole King's new book, A Natural Woman: A Memoir, in the recent-ish issue of NY Mag? If not, all you need to know is that you should get her book when it comes out tomorrow, real talk!

I am a pretty casual fan of Carol King's, I know she's a talented and prolific singer/songwriter but I don't think I could name an album of hers. I think it's safe to say the entire world has heard 'Natural Woman' in the Herbal Essences commercials, but I didn't know it was Carol King who wrote it until I read this. Turns out there's a whole lot I don't know about this lady.

The NY Mag excerpt is literally 1 page long but it was definitely enough to pique my interest. For example, I had no idea she started off at Aldon Music (the 'boot camp for song writers') and was literally competing with other song writers in cubicles just down from hers to produce the next big radio hit in the late 50's. Which is how she came up with The Shirelles' #1 hit,"Will You Love Me Tomorrow". Oh and did I mention she was just 18 when she wrote it? And she wrote it in just one night with her writing partner and husband.

Yeah, an 18 year old wrote that! I'm sure her book is going to be full of fascinating little gems like this story and in general, just an intersting look into the music industry that spans a career of 50+ years.