What’s cooler than seeing an American icon up close? Two icons up close. And if any of you out there have seen Carole King and James Taylor’s Troubadour Reunion Tour, you know what I’m talking about.
On June 20, my mom, treating herself to a birthday present, treated me to the best concert ever. I laughed, I cried. I looked back on childhood memories of my mom listening to Carole King while she cleaned the house on a cool summer day. Music blaring. Windows up. The vacuum going, and the entire neighborhood listening to my mom and Carole. That’s icon status.
And when I think of James Taylor, I think New England, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and to see him in Boston, on his own turf, felt as though I was watching him as a young man, starting all over again.
Granted, mom and I stood out like sore thumbs, because the audience at TD Garden that night was made up mostly of old people and couples. But we didn’t care. Even when the woman in front of us gave mom a dirty look for singing. We sang those songs like we were on stage with Carole and James and those awesome back-up signers and the original Troubadour band!
From “Smackwater Jack,” to “You’ve Got a Friend,” both King’s and Taylor’s voices sounded as if I was listening to one of their world famous records. It’s such a comment on today’s music that I was shocked to hear an unedited voice that sounded like perfection.
My mom never let me forget that Carole King is the greatest songwriter of all time, and until this concert, I never really understood how strongly my mom held to that conviction. But when songs like these can stand the test of time, when the idea of hearing these two artists sing brings tears to a 26-year-old’s eyes, that’s when you know you’re experiencing greatness. That’s when you know you’re in the presence of an icon.
Please watch the videos below. They are truly awesome! More pictures here.