Happy Birthday to Carly Simon, who turns 68 today (June 25th)!!! Simon's most recent album, 2009's Never Been Gone, features new acoustic version of her classics "That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be," "Let The River Run," "Coming Around Again," "Anticipation," "You Belong To Me," and "You're So Vain."
Last spring, Simon signed a deal with Random House to publish her autobiography. Simon shed light on the book on her official website, CarlySimon.com: "I was born into the world of book publishing. My father, the co-founder of Simon and Schuster, published many stories in their autobiographical form, and after I finally understood that making books wasn't just about glue, scotch tape and thick paisley paper, I was old enough to read some of them. . . After years of keeping journals and writing lyrics for my tunes, I have developed a strong interest in seeing how my life might just string together in a longer form. I know I'll be looking for a strong chorus, like a repeating dream or theme. I am thrilled to be writing for Random House. I know both of my parents would be smiling and proud."
There has been no date set for the still-untitled memoir.
Simon admits that she was never a big fan of birthdays, even as a little girl: "They're all big in a way. I've never been a birthday person. I've always had birthdays that were at the beginning of summer camp and so all my friends went away to summer camp on my birthday, generally, so I never had parties. And so I was the only one in the family that was never given a party because of it being just that my friends were all away then. Boo-hoo. I always say I don't care about my birthday and then it turns out if people forget it, I get sad, but I say I don't really care."
She told us that says that the most enjoyable part of recording these days is singing with her adult children from her marriage to James Taylor, Sally and Ben Taylor: "With Sally and Ben, when the three. . . I mean Sally and I have very different voices, but there's something about them that sounds almost identical when we sing. And Ben and I have very similar voices even though he enunciates very much like James, but the huskiness in his voice is like mine. So when Ben and I sing together it sounds very much like the way James and I used to sing."
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