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The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - CONTENTS - – KATHY Mc­CABE Ca­role King and Shane Howard play Bris­bane En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre on Wed­nes­day.

C AROLE King’s Nat­u­ral Woman tour of Aus­tralia may be her last.

‘‘I have no plans to do any­thing af­ter this tour – it may well be my last tour,’’ the 70-year-old song­writer says.

King doesn’t say why, but her en­thu­si­asm for com­pos­ing in long form, stirred by pen­ning her best­selling mem­oir A Nat­u­ral Woman, could have some­thing to do with dis­tract­ing her from more fa­mil­iar cre­ative en­deav­ours.

‘‘Last year, I was work­ing on my book and this year, I am kinda work­ing on an­other,’’ she says.

‘‘I don’t feel the im­pe­tus to write a lot of new songs. But one day I might wake up and write one. I’m just go­ing where the muse car­ries me.’’ Her next book project sounds more chal­leng­ing. ‘‘I was in­tim­i­dated about the re­search part of it be­cause it’s more about the ex­pe­ri­ences I have had work­ing with elected of­fi­cials to pro­tect the wilder­ness,’’ King says.

Long be­fore her en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivism and mem­oirs came the mu­sic. With first hus­band Gerry Gof­fin, King was among the leg­endary song­writ­ers to emerge from the famed Brill Build­ing – New York’s head­quar­ters of song in the 1960s. Their break­through hit was Will You Love Me To­mor­row, writ­ten when she was only 18.

From there, King’s credit would adorn some of the great songs to emerge in the golden era of rock and one al­bum which would sound­track mil­lions of mem­o­ries – Ta­pes­try – You’ve Got A Friend, It’s Too Late, I Feel The Earth Move, So Far Awayand (You Make Me Feel Like) A Nat­u­ral Woman, con­tinue to be dis­cov­ered from one gen­er­a­tion to the next.

‘‘Oh boy, I have done a lot. And I turn 71 on this tour,’’ King says.

‘‘I have writ­ten a song about ev­ery­thing I can think of and had the plea­sure of work­ing with so many great col­lab­o­ra­tors like Gerry . He taught me so much.’’

He also contributed the DNA that helped make their daugh­ter Louise a nat­u­ral mu­si­cian. Mother and daugh­ter worked to­gether for the first time on record last year with A Hol­i­day Ca­role.

‘‘We were like-minded in many cases and when we weren’t, we re­spected each other enough to try,’’ King says.

‘‘And how fun is it that she is now nom­i­nated along with me for a Grammy?’’

The last time King toured Aus­tralia in 2010, she came with old mate James Tay­lor to cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of their first shows at the Troubador in Los An­ge­les as she launched the songs of Ta­pes­try.

Even af­ter all th­ese years of ob­serv­ing her songs move and in­spire peo­ple, King re­mains as mys­ti­fied as the rest of us to the se­cret of mu­sic’s power. ‘‘I don’t know why it has power, only that it does,’’ she says.

‘‘To be hon­oured by the gods, to be cho­sen to con­nect with a lot of peo­ple through mu­sic, is a bless­ing I give thanks for ev­ery day.’’

Ca­role King

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