american masters. . .

by mulberryshoots

Last night, G. and I watched a documentary on PBS called “American Masters” which featured Carole King, James Taylor and the ’70s music scene at Laurel Canyon. It was fun to hear the songs from Carole’s album, “Tapestry,” a recording I played often when the kids were growing up.

In the documentary, I was flabbergasted to learn that with Gary Goffin, she wrote the song, “Will You Still Love Me, Tomorrow?” at the age of EIGHTEEN!! On wikipedia, it states that Carole King “holds the record for the longest time for an album by a female to remain on the charts and the longest time for an album by a female to hold the #1 position, both for “Tapestry.”

After I downloaded “Tapestry” on I-Tunes, I decided to make a playlist for my daughters, one of whom I’m going to meet this afternoon. I started thinking back on the singers who have touched me as much as Carole King. Here’s my playlist of these American Masters.

Ladies singing folk/ballads and more:

the moon’s a harsh mistress (judy collins)
turn, turn, turn (judy collins)
send in the clowns (judy collins)
diamonds and rust (joan baez)
jesse (joan baez)
i am woman (helen reddy)
I feel the earth move (carole king)
home again (carole king)
you’ve got a friend (carole king)
will you still love me tomorrow? (roberta flack)
stoney end (barbra streisand)
if you could read my mind (barbra streisand)
I don’t know where I stand (barbra Streisand)
the rose (bette midler)
when a man loves a woman (bette midler)
ladies of the canyon (joni mitchell)
both sides now (then) (joni mitchell)
both sides now (now) (joni mitchell)

Who are some of your favorites?