Norman Lebrecht on shifting sound worlds
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Carole King. See here.
photo: Don Kirschner with Carole King and Gerry Goffin (c) Lebrecht Music&Arts
I like Carole King’s music alot. But they should never name a prize for popular music after Gershwin. It’s unfair to the recipients. Why? Because there’s never been popular songwriter since Gershwin. The guy was in a class by himself. Might as well create a Mahler award for symphonic composition. No matter who won it, they can never measure up to the fellow after whom the prize is named.
FWIW / IMHO…
A couple of guys named Lennon and McCartney might dispute that.
I cannot think of a more worthy recipient. The music of Carole King has been a source of enjoyment for me my whole life.
There are few around with more consistent depth in her(is) writing than Carole King. Well deserved. congratulations to Ms. King.
She would get my vote too.
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