Singers and songwriters, where would the world be with out them, and the same holds true about Carly Simon. With a career dating back to the 1960′s, one might think this songstress would be beginning to slow it down. Be that as it may, one would be dead wrong.
Since her famous HBO concert from Martha’s Vineyard in 1986, Carly has released a re-mastered version of the live performance on DVD and launched an interactive website for musicians in the Martha’s Vineyard region.
The DVD features a 20 minute interview with Carly, at her Martha’s Vineyard home, a scrapbook of rare photos from her personal collection, unseen concert footage from the original taping, Dolby digital 3.1 surround sound, and a complete discography. Below are scenes from the new DVD.
So, “What else is new with Carly?”, one might ask. Well, she contributed to a song called Just Like A Woman, which can be found on Bob Dylan’s album, “Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International”, a 75-song and 4-CD set that included over 80 different artists. Other artists besides Carly were Joan Baez, Pete Townshend, Jackson Browne, and Sting, to name a few. Everyone, including the artists, who worked on the album, did so for free. The album is available on Amazon. Below is a teaser video of Carly’s Toast to Freedom, which was released on May 8, 2012 and can be downloaded here.
Even more recently, Carly even has an app available for download on Android, iPhone, and iPad. One can download the app, directly to those devices, and keep up with all of the latest happenings in Carly’s world.
April 18, 2012 – Carly Simon accepts the Founders Award from ASCAP President Paul Williams at the 29th Annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Hollywood, California April 18, 2012. The award was given out by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams commented: “Carly Simon has always poured her heart and soul into her songwriting, and in the process she has helped re-write the rule book on what popular music can achieve and how it can profoundly change people’s lives. She is a true musical pioneer and ASCAP is extremely proud to honor her with the Founders Award.”
Just last month, Carly announced that Random House would be publishing her not-yet-titled memoir, which will be about her childhood as a daughter of Richard L. Simon, co-founder of Simon & Schuster, the discovery of her life-altering stammer, her meteoric rise and unparalleled career in music, and her loves, including her marriage to James Taylor. Carly commented:
“I was born into the world of book publishing. My father, the co- founder of Simon and Schuster, published many stories in their autobiographical form, and after I finally understood that making books wasn’t just about glue, scotch tape and thick paisley paper, I was old enough to read some of them. (By that time I was also keeping a diary: ‘Dear Diary, tonight we had peas and carrots and chocolate pudding for desert.’) After years of keeping journals and writing lyrics for my tunes, I have developed a strong interest in seeing how my life might just string together in a longer form. I know I’ll be looking for a strong chorus, like a repeating dream or theme. I am thrilled to be writing for Random House. I know both of my parents would be smiling and proud.”
So, it seems that Carly is still as busy as ever, showing no signs of slowing down, any time soon. To stay up-to-date on all of Carly’s happenings, be sure to click the photo below and link up to her social networking pages.