there always seemed to be a big mystery over who carly was discussing in the mega-hit YOU'RE SO VAIN. the book discloses that paul and linda maccartney were at the recording session. speaking of paul, john lennon had said that the couple of james taylor and carly simon were devastatingly boring. he might have also meant they were dull and stupid. but then the crowd he usually hung around with were so much more au courant, weren't they. it turns out that the night lennon was assassinated, james, who lived nearby, heard the fatal shots through the crisp new York air. in the comment below, the writer laments that she reveals the number of cocksmen she bedded. carly was a beautiful women. isn't it ironic that attractive women are promiscuous? makes the title of one of her cds, HELLO BIG MAN, a tad bit revelatory, doesn't it?
Carly's compilation album songs were a bit legendary for me, with poignant and magnificent arrangements. After reading the book. I still love them, but often she reveals some treasured lyrics were not by her, instead Kris Kristofferson was the incredible talent behind lyrics like "I've Got To Have You" and others mentioned. Hers is a story of privilege and the advantages that come easily to those also extremely physically attractive. I think I counted just one guy she declined; it's exhausting all the beds she falls on to, but she portrays it matter-of-factly as just the way it was. Realizing she was with Cat Stevens was mind-blowing as he's such an incredible song writer, you'd expect they'd have written the songs to end all songs. Her relationship with James Taylor was clearly over for him as soon as she accepted him, he was so dismissive and seemingly unwilling, moody and rejecting from the get go. The work they did together seemed to be his attempt to railroad her career! Overall, she considered she had problems (stutter, self-esteem) but her story shows that being in the right social circles added to her beauty with talent would ensure she made it big.
Good glimpse into her life and loves.
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