This morning I was up before Starbucks opened. You know there’s only one reason I would be up that early — free gig! My new friend Gerald hooked us up with VIP passes to see James Taylor and Carole King play the Today Show’s summer concert series at Rockefeller Plaza. Having had drinks on the roof of the new Ink 48 hotel the night before when I got the invitation (incredible New York moment, btw); how could I pass on another great Big Apple experience to see two musical icons live and up close.
King’s Tapestry album dropped (1971) a year after I was born (1970), and Taylor was a staple of the 1970s. Let’s just sum it up in numbers. King has released 20 solo albums and penned or co-written 118 songs that have climbed up and down the Billboard Hot 100. On the qualitative side of the equation: “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” “The Locomotion,” “A Natural Woman,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” and “You’ve Got a Friend.” Simply incredible.
She has teamed up with long-time friend and collaborator Taylor for the Troubadour Reunion Tour, marking the anniversary of when they met and the first time they played the legendary Hollywood venue together in 1970. Oh My God. All this means I’m 40, but I digress. Taylor also made it big in 1971 with his first number one hit, King’s “You’ve Got a Friend.”
This morning they played the Today Show and I got to watch the sound-check and rehearsal. First of all, what an operation this show is. It’s my first Today Show concert. Together they played “Up on the Roof” and “Your Smiling Face” twice. It’s amazing to see these two be so comfortable on stage and to think they’ve been doing for song long. Needless to say, the crowd skewed a wee bit older than me, but I’m certainly old enough to appreciate the legacy they leave behind. I would have stayed for the full, live concert, but I had a meeting I had to get to. Besides, how New York fabulous is that? Move on to a productive day or hang out in the heat with 1,000 tourists. And, scene.