With a smile on your face
And show the world all the love in your heart
Then people gonna treat you better
Gonna find, yes you will,
That you're beautiful, beautiful as you feel.
Waiting at the station with the workday wind blowing
I've got nothing to do but watch the passersby
Mirrored in their faces I see frustration growing
And they don't see it showing, why do I?
These are lyrics to Carole King's "Beautiful", a song on her Tapestry album, which all three of my daughters have grown up singing--especially on down days. This album was probably the first I ever purchased for myself and over the years, I've purchased it again and again in various formats--cassette tape, CDs, MP3s, as various versions left home with my daughters.
My husband and I had the pleasure of seeing she and James Taylor on their highly successful Troubadour tour this summer. We had sound check tickets, courtesy of a student of mine who has long been a member of James Taylor's fan club. We had the pleasure of meeting them both...and as I often am with celebrities, I was in awe that they are actual human beings.
I didn't realize it until I looked it up afterwards, but Carole was 68 this year! Amazing that she has the same beautiful face, curly hair, and so much energy. The main impression I took away was how genuine they both were. While concerts like these have a disconcerting way of making me feel "young again," as well as forcing me to realize just how much I've "grown up."
In the end, I'm glad I decided against this as even though I love the idea of the lace shirt, the lace didn't really show very well up against my best black t-shirt.
As we sat waiting for the concert to begin, it was interesting to observe the variety of concert wear people wear. Many in the audience had to be 65--and dressed appropriately in khaki shorts and plaid shirts and athletic shoes or sandals. The women were beautiful in sundresses, or if younger some sort of striking top and ripped jeans.
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