British Summer Time and Carole King

It is my great honour to bring you a review of Carole King at British Summer Time. I have been going for several years – this was one of the best. It was a master class in wonderful song writing, creativity and the joy that evolves from being surrounded by good friends and family. We had new classics from Michael Kiwanuka Black man in a white world and Tell me a Tale were outstanding and they were warmly received. Louise Goffin clearly displayed her own, yet inherited talent as a singer/songwriter. Sometimes a circle was a great example. When she and her mother, Carole King paid tribute to her father Gerry Goffin by singing Will you still love me Tomorrow it was truly beautiful. Mothers and daughters all around me were hugging during Where you Lead, the theme song to the TV show Gilmore Girls. That song was written many years ago, but only recently has it found its voice and place across generations.
Don Henley ( represented the fathers well, playing Desperado in memory of Glen Frey alongside his own classics such as End of Innocence and  Boys of Summer. They newer songs he played such as It don’t matter to the sun were stunning. I was reminded that good songs are like excellent wine. They stand the test of time and occasionally get better with age.
Those of us who were there witnessed a little piece of musical history. At 74, Carole King still has such energy, charisma, an unique talent and an angelic voice. She is humble and full of love – for her friends, family, music and us – the audience. bst-hydepark

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