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Concert at The Gorge

I traveled by plane and car to see and hear you at The Gorge - fantastic back drop for you! I was several months pregnant and traveling with a friend I had recently converted to Carlyianity and one of my sisters. It was one of those moments in life you know will be a forever treasured memory. I am one of the fortunate few that has been to a concert of yours, and I had attained Meet and Greet passes too!!

Sadly, the Post Meet was changed to a Pre-Meet and as we were en-route we didn't receive that information until we reached the Gorge. I often wonder what my life's lesson was at that most disappointing moment. So, please tell me, what is your impression of those gatherings? If you dread them, then I will forever surrender to the notion that our meeting would have been less than I imagined. If you enjoy them I will have to keep working on recovery!

Your writing gets inside each of us and I thank you for your uninhibited, unaffected style. We are all on the same journey and I'm glad I discovered you on mine. Sally Canuel - Calgary, Alberta Canada

What a beautiful letter. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I remember the concert at the Gorge. Wow. What a sight. I remember that we had to leave right after the show to make the plane back to L.A. because that's where we were sleeping. Sorry about the meet'n'greet. Love Carly Carly Simon - 4/20/02

Libby / Producing albums

Dear Carly, The album with Libby Titus put you in a producers role, how did that eventuate and would you ever consider producing an album for another artist in a similar way? And do you still keep in touch with Libby? Liz Webb - Australia

We were once great friends and I was honored to be placed in the producer role. I haven't seen her in a long while, but she is married to Donald Fagen, the great writer and singer in Steely Dan. She has two amazing children with whom I am in occasional contact. Love Carly - 4/17/02

Performing in Romulus Hunt

Dear Carly, about two months ago, I went home to Florida for the holidays. I began to go through some old boxes and inside of one I found a gift from you. I unwrapped it and saw a most beautiful clay container. Upon lifting the lid, I saw a note: "For all of your theater stubs, and silk worms fried in garlic..."

I had saved it all of these years because I was so worried that it might break. You were so gracious to me during our time together on Romulus Hunt. I wanted to cherish this forever and I always wanted your gifts to remain in their perfect conditions.

This winter I realized that I might lose all of those memories if I kept them away in a box. So, I wrapped the container up and brought it back with me to California. Your gift now sits on my desk and I think of you often: How you taught me to play the guitar, how you waltzed with me at my final audition, how you gave me the joy of singing your music. Romulus Hunt remains my proudest moment performing on stage. Thank you for giving me that. Yours, Andrew Leeds - Los Angeles, CA

You darling. You must be quite tall and gorgeous and a big man by now. You could play your father. Nice to hear from you! Love, Carly Carly Simon - 4/14/02

Did you fight with Chrissie Hynde?

One of the downsides of the Internet is that misinformation stays up there forever. Whenever I do a search on "Carly Simon", I inevitably get a link to a story about you and Chrissie Hynde getting into a fight at a concert. So I'm wondering what really happened between you & Chrissie Hynde at the Fez several years ago when Joni Mitchell played there? Markly - Shoreline, Washington

Well, Chrissie was a bit intoxicated and was yelling out during Joni's performance which needless to say, everybody wanted to hear. Chrissie was sitting right next to me and I asked her to be a little quieter. No one else would have dared say that to her, but me, stupid me, didn't know it was Chrissie.

She started choking me in a loving way, saying: "you're great too Carly, get up there, you need to do this too". Very nice, the only problem being that it was right in the middle of Joni's song and people were looking at US. So I moved seats. That's all it was about. I must say that her choking me in 'fun intoxication' looked to a lot of the audience like a fight. It was not. I just couldn't believe that no one was interceding and saying anything to her. I love her music and respect her as an artist. It was just one of those things. Go figure. Love Carly Carly Simon - 4/10/02

Tim Curry (Vengeance)

Hello, Carly. We always read in interviews about the "Your so Vain" recording sessions, and how it was to work with Mick Jagger on that project. I would like to know what it was like to work with Tim Curry on the song "Vengeance" on the SPY album. How did that come about? It sounds like Tim must have been a riot to work with. Kenneth Chavis - Raleigh, NC

Tim was a pretty close friend at the time. A very funny sensitive and vulnerable and attractive man. I just asked him, as I recall. He had a good time if I"m not mistaken. Carly Simon - 4/9/02

Baseball

As I was driving today and listening to your music(as always), "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" came on. I started thinking about the start of the baseball season and what seems to be an affinity on your part to baseball. I know that you have some ties to baseball (Jackie Robinson, as well as some others that I have heard about), but I was wondering if you are a fan of a particular team and if you follow baseball during the season. Also, have you ever sung the National Anthem at a game? Thanks again for the wonderful music. Carol - Edison, NJ

I am sorry to say I have lost interest in baseball. I think it's largely to do with the fact that there is so much trading of players. It's hard to develop an affinity with a team that doesn't stick together. It loses it's personality. Maybe there will be one that comes together and stays together. Then I'll be back.

I was asked to sing the Star Spangled Banner for the sixth game of the World Series the season the Mets won. I almost said 'yes', but then didn't at the last minute for fear of wetting the infield. Love Carly Carly Simon - 4/7/02

Recipe for Love

What's the ideal recipe for love? I still haven't worked it out. Charles - London, UK

It's simple. Have a baby. Carly Simon - 4/5/02

Moanin' Low

In a piece you did for Film Noir, there's a clip of you singing Moanin' Low. I know this was a song that Libby Holman was associated with and I thought I remembered you had some interest in portraying Ms. Holman in a film. Recently I also dicovered Billie Holiday's version of the same song. Will we ever hear Carly Simon's full version of Moanin' Low? It's such a great song for a woman like you to sing. Perhaps, you could include it on Torch Part Two. What do you say, Carly? Jeffrey Sidelsky - Philadelphia, PA

Oh why not? My mother sang it, why shouldn't I? She had a low voice too. I can just hear her singing it now. It was lovely, in that baritone voice of hers. Smoky as a nightclub and sexy and soulful. That was my mom. Carly Simon - 4/3/02

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