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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.’’