“So Far Away” by Carole King (1971)

23 10 2008

Like many others who grew up in the ’60’s and ’70’s, I think Carole King’s music is in my bloodstream, a melodic vitamin cocktail helping to keep my heart and thoughts bathed in warmth.  Just about every household I entered as a kid had her incredible record “Tapestry” leaning up against the stereo, forever in the on-deck playlist position.

Before she started performing her own music, she was a songwriter (with partner Gerry Goffin) in the legendary Brill Building, constructing perfect pop songs for other artists to sing, songs like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”, “Up on the Roof,” and “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”  Her melodies are sweeping, long phrases that don’t get bogged down in repetitiveness, keeping the songs fresh for infinite listens, at least in my opinion.

“So Far Away” is a lament about being away from loved ones.  To me, it’s also a good reminder that it’s easy to drift away from people, even those you care deeply about.  Really good friends are hard to come by, so if you find some people during your life that you treasure, you have to work to keep that friendship through all your life’s transitions.  It’s worth it.  I let far too many good friends fade out of my life, mostly because I just didn’t realize the value of their company at the time.  Big mistake.  And so I think I know what Ms King is singing about here.

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23 10 2008
Music For My Daughter saves So Far Away « The Troubadour Tribune

[…] 23, 2008 by Corey Blake Music For My Daughter is a blog of a father writing to his daughter about the music that he loves, and the music […]

26 10 2008
Susan

Such a pleasure to discover your blog… through another blog that linked to you… which had linked to me a few days ago – confused yet?… 🙂

Sweet premise, great writing, diverse spectrum of songs – I’d love to add you to my blogroll… and will keep checking back on a regular basis – thanks!

P.S. I saw Carole King live a few months ago – what a treat…

http://optimisticvoices.blogspot.com/search/label/Carole%20King

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