One of my earliest musical memories is hearing my mom listen to Carole King’s “Tapestry” on 8-track. She had it on almost everyday it seems like. I loved hearing that album. I knew that she had written some of my favorite Monkees songs too, so I’ve always had a soft spot for her music. Tapestry wasn’t just background noise, it was a soundtrack for my mom. I know it still is because she just recently asked me about it since she temporarily couldn’t find her copy of the CD (I don’t think she has an 8-track player anymore).
From The Monkees to The Gilmore Girls, every time I hear anything by Carole I think of my mom. And I also hear a lot of her influence in my own music. I feel like I learned a great deal about how to craft a good melody, how to make things sound beautiful and sensitive when needed, and also how to appreciate the beauty in other music more. And because of those skills that I feel like I have as a songwriter, that has helped shape my personality and is a big part of who I am today. It’s one thing to be inspired by the music itself but it’s a completely different thing, on a completely different level, when you can get inspired by someone else’s love of music.
Mom, for your birthday this year I wanted to record a version of the title track as a thank you. It’s the only thing I could think of to get you this year that you didn’t already have. I hope you like it. And I hope you know that I couldn’t ever have asked for a better mother. I hope this is your best birthday yet. I love you!
(I know it’s not a copy of Tapestry, but it’s still a nice picture ok?)