Art Of Music
When asked the question; 'what is your favorite piece of music?' I would always say Carole King's Tapestry. There's an intimacy about it that affects both young and old, a charismatic charm that touches the emotions putting you under her spell from beginning to end.
I remember the first time I bought the vinyl L P and the expectancy of getting it home to my bedroom, and placing the needle on the record...that's it I was hooked completely. Getting out my Spanish guitar that I had no idea how to play other than; Home On The Range. I tried strumming along but gave up, I didn't have any intention of making a mockery of such a brilliant album.
Hearing; 'So Far Away', touched my emotional tears. I was seventeen at the time and going out with a Welsh guy who lived all the way up in North Wales, where as I lived all the way down in Bristol. It was a sad case of standing on the platform after a long weekend of music and mayhem, waving goodbye as his train pulled out of the station and feeling totally empty and lost once again. Of course my 'Welsh Gypsy,' as I liked to call him meant the world to me. He would write beautiful poetry and played lead guitar in his own band, writing his lyrics too. My Gypsy would try and teach me the Spanish guitar, but without success, so sadly with feelings of despondency, I eventually sold my guitar.
But that track will always remind me of him and his long dark hair that sent chills through my body each time he kissed me, and how I longed to be with him all the time, but knew eventually the distance between us would sadly end our relationship.
Now I'm in my sixties, when I listen to that track 'Tapestry', I realize just how significant it's been to my own life, and the fact that the many hours of listening and learning the words must have had an impact on my growing years. It is both earthy and whimsical, flowing like a river into the magical fairy tale world we all live, woven into each listeners ear having a golden influence.