The songs of Carole King are songs you know my heart. Her album ‘Tapestry’ is considered one of the finest music works of all-time.
Last weekend Vika Bull and Debra Byrne together with Monique diMattina and The Brill Band paid tribute to Carole King in music and words, telling the stories of some of those legendary songs along the way.
For instance, I had no idea ‘You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman’ came about when producer Jerry Wexler saw Carole King and her husband Jerry Goffin walking down the street, pulled over and yelled that he needed a song for Aretha and said to call it ‘Natural Woman’. They went home and wrote it that night. It is now one of both Aretha Franklin and Carole King’s finest moments.
Telling the story of Carole King in music spans so many years and so many songs. In her early days Carole King was a hired songwriter working out of The Brill Building in Manhattan. Some of her greatest work, like ‘Loco-Motion’ and ‘It Might As Well Rain Until September’ were all part of a days work.
To cover the emotion and diversity of the catalogue Debra Byrne and Vika Bull teamed with jazz singer Monique diMattina to bring true variety to this performance.
Vika had recently commanded an audience through the Etta James tribute show, a season that became a three-year job for her. Debra sang her first Carole King song as a teenager on Young Talent Time. Vika made some crack about only being five years old at the time but the stamp of influence on both artists is undeniable.
Everyone knows a Carole King song. Barbra Streisand to Kylie Minogue, Tina Arena to Dishwalla, Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Martika, have covered her songs and even Lisa Simpson once performed ‘Jazzman’ in a Simpsons episode.
Melbourne’s vibrant and healthy live music scene means the people of the city are spoilt with many great and unique performances. ‘Tapestry: The Songs of Carole King’ is a show that will translate to any city around the country if Vika and Debra chose to do so.
Vika sang Etta for three years. The songs of Carole King could easily go as long.
‘Tapestry: The Songs of Carole King’ was performed at The Playhouse in The Arts Centre Melbourne on 5 and 6 August, 2016.
Way Over Yonder
I Feel The Earth Move
My My She Cries
It’s Too Late
So Far Away
Where You Lead
I Think I Can Hear You
Up On The Roof
You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman
Come Down Easy
You’ve Got A Friend
It Might As Well Rain Until September
Its Gonna Take Some Time This Time
Crying In The Rain
Stand Behind Me
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
Hard Rock Café
One Fine Day
I’m Into Something Good
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