The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Monday, January 25, 2016

In the Inner Sanctum of Sioux

         My teenage years were turbulent ones. In love with James Taylor, Cat Stevens and John Sebastian--along with two English teachers--I had trouble choosing which one was going to be the lucky one... the lucky one who would get my unfocused affection.

        Of course, Carly Simon and Cat Stevens got together (the song "Anticipation" was written about him) and then later married James Taylor, so I crossed them both off my list. (Their loss!) Carly Simon's childhood (her dad was the "Simon" in Simon and Shuster), her infamous battles with stage fright, her marriage and divorce--I loved her music and was fascinated by her life.

       This past Christmas, from my daughter, I got a copy of Simon's memoir. While my husband sat next to me, I opened the gift, squealed in delight, held the book up, and my daughter and I talked about the book for a couple of minutes.

        I've only just begun--to read it.



      This past week, my husband said he'd heard a book being talked about on chloroform delivered by radio waves NPR, and he ordered it for me. Guess what it was? 

      Yep. You got it. The Carly Simon book.

      Since I have an extra copy, my husband suggested I give it away on my blog... which is exactly what I'm going to do.

      So, leave a comment. If you include John Sebastian's address, or Mr. Miya's (my 7th grade English teacher), I'll put your name in the hat an extra 1,872 times. I'll draw a name at the end of the month.



                                  

Cat Stevens singing "My Lady D'Arbanville," a song
about the actress Patti D'Arbanville... I guess if 
I had not crossed him off my list, he might have
written a song about me... ;)

16 comments:

  1. Your unfocused attention. What a line! Sounds like a very interesting book. Sorry, I am an inquiring writer, but had no luck locating your long lost loves.

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    1. Whoops. That was a typo. I THINK I meant "focused affection."

      Did you really try to find them?

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  2. I never did know about Cat Stevens! Will be anxious to know if you think Carly's book is honest without enhancement.

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    1. I hope I enjoy her book half as much as I do her music...

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  3. ooOoOoo, me me me me me! I love all three of them.

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    1. So Shay, you think if you write "me" five times, I'll put your name in five times?

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  4. Oooh, baby, baby, it's a wild world. Cat Stevens! Carly Simon! I MUST HAVE THIS BOOK!

    (Now the rest of y'all, kindly step back from the comment section.:-)

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    1. Cathy--I'm sure you were scary enough to make everyone run for the hills.

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  5. The primary colors of my childhood, turned to pastels, now vibrant again thanks to your blog post. The memories...oh, the memories. I don't know whether to kiss you or strangle you. I'd love to read this book. Please put my name in the hat!

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    1. Lisa--It's amazing how music can send us back to the past, instantly crossing decades.

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  6. Hi Sioux, I was lead here by Lisa. Both of your recent posts seem like memoir. And I am a memoirist so sign me up! I really want to read Carly Simon's. Famous women musicians usually lead fascinating lives. Linda Ronstadt's "Simple Dreams" was a great one! Good to meet you & thanks for the songs from both of you!

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    1. NothingLikeNormal--I agree. Female musicians who make it big almost always have spunk or travel an interesting path as they make the climb.

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    1. Mama Zen--So far it's a good read.

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  8. Yes, please, put my name in the hat. I would love reading it!

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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