Courtney Sheinmel (courtneywrites) wrote,
Courtney Sheinmel
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CARLY SIMON!!!!

My sister and I had one of the best nights of our lives last night – we were in the FRONT ROW at the Carly Simon concert!!!

Now aside from this being just a generally cool and amazing thing, you have to understand our history with Carly:  her music was the soundtrack of our childhoods.  We know the words to every song, and sometimes we quote them to each other in conversation.  I can track personal milestones by Carly Simon albums.  I love my sister very much, and somehow that love is amplified when we’re listening to Carly Simon.

It was a very small venue – only about 200 seats.  Carly’s music was playing in the background as people walked into the auditorium.  When we sat down Alyssa said, “I could extend my leg and rest my feet on the stage, if I wanted.”  We were THAT CLOSE!  (But she didn’t do it.)  We were giddy and shaking.  Then the music faded and the lights dimmed.  Carly Simon came onto the stage, in a long blue dress and black boots.  She began to sing “Let the River Run.”  And then “It Happens Everyday,” and then “The Right Thing to Do,” and then “You Belong to Me” – John Forte came out on stage and sang that one with her.  Three years ago, the last time Alyssa and I went to a Carly Simon concert, John Forte was in prison.  Carly and her son, Ben, spoke about missing him.  And last night he was on stage and free, and there was an incredible feeling of celebration.  I mouthed the words to every song, but I didn’t sing out loud because Carly was RIGHT THERE and I worried she would hear me.

After the first set of songs, there was a question-and-answer period.  Carly’s dog Molly came out on stage, and Carly pulled her onto her lap.  Alyssa and I took notes on things Carly said.  (Alyssa was particularly interested in the things she had to say about her dog.)  Here is what Carly Simon said about listening to her own music:  “I wouldn’t have become a singer if I didn’t like the sound of my own voice – there’s just something about it.”  Oh, Carly, I so agree!

My sister had a question that she was afraid to ask.  She wanted to know Carly’s favorite song lyric (not song:  lyric).  I told I would ask for her.  I raised my hand, but by then the question-and-answer period was pretty much over, so I didn’t get a chance to ask.  I did start thinking about my own favorite Carly lyrics.  There are so many I just can’t pick a single favorite.  But in my 2011 book YOU CAN’T EVEN MEASURE IT (in which the main character is named Carly, after Carly Simon) I have a whole discussion about a line from “You’re So Vain,” the one that goes, “I had some dreams, they were clouds in my coffee.”

I took a picture of Carly as she sang it last night.



We wept as she sang the last song of the night, “Coming Around Again.”  It is the song I sing to myself whenever I’m feeling any kind of loss.  I think Carly may have noticed us crying.  She held the mike out to us and we sang along, out loud.  We stood and clapped, and cried.  The dog came out and ran around Carly in circles.  I told Alyssa the only thing that would make the night more perfect would be if we could go backstage.  She said I was being greedy.  “These are the good old days,” she advised, of course quoting Carly.  And of course she was right.

Tags: alyssa b. sheinmel, carly simon
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