Rebecca's favorite show? "Revenge" which kicks off the first of six new episodes Wednesday night.
Imagine your a little girl who has already lost her mother? All you have is your father. And you go to the beach with your dog and your dad, take a house there for the summer and have the best time of your life . . . until . . . The police arrest your father, say he's a terrorist and you're carted off to a foster home while your father dies in prison.
Then later to juvie. And you get out of juvie at 18. When a man arrives to give you tons of money and tell you that your father was innocent.
And he wasn't just wrongly convicted, he was framed.
You had your father taken away from you, you had your life taken away.
And now you want revenge. That's the story of this show. Emily is going through her list and destroying all the people who lied to put her father away in prison.
Steve Chagollan ("Variety") notes Carly Simon receives an award tomorrow night from ASCAP:
"As a lyricist, I use much more of the left side of my brain," Simon says. "As a composer, it's something like running water -- it never stops. I can perfect it, I can edit it, I can do all kinds of things with it, but if you stop me at any point during the day or night I will sing you the melody that's going around in my head. And it's not a familiar melody, it's a melody of mine that's being created while I'm sleeping, while I'm doing other things. The only thing that gets in its way is another melody."
Running water is a continuing motif in Simon's music. In "The Right Thing to Do," written at the height of her bliss with then- partner James Taylor, there's the lyric, "And it used to be for a while/That the river flowed right to my door," alluding to a continuous stream of lovers that led to this pairing of pop royalty; in "Devoted to You," her duet with Taylor from 1978, "like a river it will flow" refers to undying love; "Let the River Run," from the "Working Girl" soundtrack, is a rousing hymn to the power of hopes and dreams; and in "Like a River," from 1994, a daughter summons the ghost of her late mother, as if attempting to resolve all the mysteries of their lives together.
Some can quibble as to whether Simon, whom Weller described as "sexy and uptown hip," is in the same league as King and Mitchell, but the fact of the matter is she's experienced much greater career resilience than King, and has consistently charted higher than Mitchell. She's in possession of three Grammys, an Oscar and a Golden Globe, and touts five albums certified Platinum by the RIAA, one multi-Platinum and eight Gold.
And, like a river, her productivity is in full flow. As a woman who fought to sing her own songs from the beginning, when Jac Holzman signed her to Elektra Records in 1970, she views the Founders Award as something that suggests "the beginning of something."
I'm glad Carly's getting the award, she deserves it. And she's in anyone's league. Carly Simon is intensely talented.
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