Carly Simon has "good time" revisiting old songs
By Gail Mitchell
LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Carly Simon recorded her new album, "Never Been Gone," at her Martha's Vineyard compound, and she delivers intriguing twists on her hits ("You're So Vain," "Anticipation") and other songs from past albums, as well as two new tunes.
A portion of the album's proceeds will go to the Carly Simon Music Therapy Initiative, a collaboration between the singer-songwriter and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
"Never" -- which Iris Records releases Tuesday (October 27) -- also helped Simon work through despair and anger over her 2008 Hear Music release, "This Kind of Love." She's seeking unspecified damages in a lawsuit she recently filed against Starbucks, claiming that the company's now-defunct music venture didn't fully promote the album.
Along for Simon's restorative trip down memory lane was a host of family and friends, including son Benjamin Taylor and his Iris Records partner Larry Ciancia, daughter Sally Taylor, godson John Forte (the former Fugees producer pardoned for a drug trafficking conviction in 2008), singer-songwriter David Saw and engineer Frank Filipetti. "It was like people were rallying around me," Simon says. "They knew my disappointment."
Moving beyond disappointment, Simon is gearing up for a series of promotional appearances and her first overseas tour early next year, with DJ Logic in tow.
Billboard: Why did you record this album?
Carly Simon: After what happened with "This Kind of Love," I was devastated. It felt like carrying a child to term and then having it die in childbirth. But (Iris Records partners) Ben (Taylor, her son) and Larry (Ciancia) said, "Let's not sit around and waste time. You've got these incredible songs you've written. Let's rethink some of them and have fun." And "fun" was the operative word. We all got together in the same room and started rethinking my songs. When I say rethinking, I don't mean in an intellectual way. I mean, we all had a couple of glasses of wine or beer and just started having a good time.
Billboard: Were the two new songs written specifically for the album? Continued...