One Fine Day
by John Lawrence
A completely non-political post for today — one fine day for a longtime friend and living legend, Carole King, who is being given the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. (I’d planned on tweeting about this, but my twitter icon got messed up and I am left resorting to DOMEocracy; but since this is a Library of Congress award, I think I am preserving the integrity of the site.
Carole’s career has spanned five decades during which her songs have been covered by over 1,000 artists. And of course, she recorded many herself, including the groundbreaking (and recordbreaking) Tapestry which set the standard for singer-songeriters for two decades or more.
Everyone knows Tapestry and You’ve Got a Friend, but what is truly amazing about Carole’s work is its scope. Her songs have been recorded by everyone many of the greatest names in popular music, beginning with the Shirelles (Will You Love Me Tomorrow). In her concerts, Carole often would play what she called the “I didn’t know you wrote that!” set — songs including Up On the Roof, Take Good Care of My Baby, Crying in the Rain, Natural Woman, Pleasant Valley Sunday, and Go Away Little Girl.
So, congratulations Carole on a well-deserved honor from generations of fans who hum, sing and respect your incomparable contributions to music. The Gershwin Award makes this One Fine Day for you and your tens of millions of fans around the world!