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S1 E14 | FULL EPISODE

Beyond Beautiful

Hear your favorite Carole King classics and discover a few hidden gems in this one-night-only concert from the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. Enjoy special access to the rehearsal room and hear interviews with the show’s stars. Featuring Broadway talent such as Tony Award-winning music director and conductor Ted Sperling, Alysha Umphress (“On The Town”) and Clarke Thorell (“My Fair Lady”).

AIRED: March 03, 2019 | 0:56:47
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♪ On the roof, that's the only place I know ♪

♪ Where you just have to wish to make it so ♪

♪ Let's go up on the roof

Well, this show's been actually a few years in the making.

And we had this idea of doing a Carole King program

before the show "Beautiful" opened on Broadway.

And then we went to see "Beautiful," and we loved it.

But we realized it only told one slice of Carole's life,

and it had to include songs by her collaborators

and her friends.

So we thought there was room to explore more of her catalog

in a concert setting with arrangements

that could go a little further afield from the originals.

You know, in "Beautiful," they stick logically

to basically the way those songs were introduced.

But now they're so familiar,

there's room to reinterpret them.

Carole King is a really unique person,

and this isn't about becoming her.

In some ways, I feel like the Broadway show is more about,

like, embodying her.

This is about celebrating her music

and her catalog and her contributions.

So let's look at "Tapestry" next.

Okay, ready -- go.

♪ Oo-oo-oo-oooh

-All "Ooh"s. -Sorry, I have "Ah"s.

Did this change? I don't think it ever was.

Are you on "Tapestry"? -Good lord.

Ready -- go.

♪ Ahh-ahh-ahh-ahh

I have a question -- general style.

Like, do we want a scoopy?

Umphress: I don't know. I just didn't

know if you wanted to, like, emphasize it more, or --

I'm happy to do whatever.

"Tapestry" is a little bit about, like, something medieval.

Yeah. You know, so I sort of

feel like we're in -- we're in our cloister.

-Okay. -I like this.

Okay, and...

♪ Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh

♪ My life has been a tapestry of rich of royal hue ♪

♪ An everlasting vision of the ever-changing view ♪

♪ A wondrous, woven magic in bits of blue and gold ♪

♪ A tapestry to feel and see, impossible to hold ♪

I've developed a really good relationship

with the Tilles Center over the years.

The acoustic there is so accommodating

to both purely acoustic music making

and amplified music making.

And this program sort of lives right in the center of that,

'cause it's delicate but it does rock and roll sometimes.

So I think you're going to hear every word,

which is very important to me in my performances.

♪ Oh-oh-oh!

♪ Oh-whoa-whoa-whoa

[ Vocalizing ]

♪♪

Come on, y'all, put them hands together!

There you go.

All ready to have a good time tonight?

♪ I feel the earth move under my feet ♪

♪ I feel the sky tumbling down

♪ I feel my heart start to trembling ♪

♪ Whenever you're around

♪ Ooh, baby, when I see your face ♪

♪ Mellow as the month of May

♪ Oh, darling, I can't stand it ♪

♪ When you look at me that way

♪ I feel the earth move under my feet ♪

♪ I feel the sky tumbling down

♪ I feel my heart start to trembling ♪

♪ Whenever you're around

♪♪

♪♪

♪ Oh, darling, when you're near me ♪

♪ And you tenderly call my name ♪

♪ I know that my emotions

♪ Are something that I just can't tame ♪

♪ I've got to have you, baby

♪ Ohhhh, yeeaaahhh

♪ I feel the earth move under my feet ♪

♪ I feel the sky tumbling down

♪ Tumbling down

♪ I feel the earth move under my feet ♪

♪ I feel the sky tumbling down

♪ Tumbling down

♪ I just lose control down in my soul ♪

♪ I get hot and cold

♪ All over, all over, all over, all over ♪

♪ I feel the earth move under my feet ♪

♪ I feel the sky tumbling down

♪ Tumbling down

♪ I feel the earth move under my feet ♪

♪ I feel the sky tumbling down

♪ Tumbling down

♪ Tumbling down

♪ Tumbling down

♪ Tumbling down

♪ Tumbling down

♪ Tumbling down

♪ Tumbling down

[ Vocalizing ]

♪ I feel the earth move

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Good evening, everybody. Isn't that a fantastic song?

And aren't we lucky to have Melody to sing it?

[ Cheers and applause ]

Hi. I'm Ted Sperling.

I'm your host for tonight's celebration

of the genius of Carole King.

She wrote both music and lyrics for "I Feel The Earth Move."

Just one of the dozens of her songs

that have entered our collective unconscious and become threads

that are inextricably woven into the tapestry

we called American popular music.

Compared to a Broadway show,

we're doing maybe twice as much music.

So -- and we're inventing the arrangements as we go,

and we're working things out

with the input from the musicians,

from the singers, with Noah chiming in and saying,

"Actually, I didn't really understand that,

so can you take another look at it?"

So yeah, it's a very exciting process.

It's difficult because it's --

the one thing is you want to get all of the harmonies right

and all of the rhythms right and everything.

You need to be cohesive.

You know, we're doing a couple a cappella pieces.

Usually, those things,

it's better when you've been rehearsing them for years

or months or weeks even.

And then also having it memorized.

As actors, we get hired to do readings --

a lot of new musicals and new works.

And usually you learn the music,

you have this little time to learn it.

But you have the binder in front of you when you perform it.

And for the most part, we're going to be off-book

and memorized by Friday, so that's a lot of pressure.

Number four. Big number four, right?

I just need to glance at my lyrics just for the solo

that I didn't realize I had till today.

Man: Try to build back up again.

♪ Then trouble's gonna lose me

Klitz: "It's Too Late" -- actually,

the singer in the case of that one that was Alysha Umphress.

We were just messing around -- starting up.

We were maybe at Ted's place,

and she started singing a certain thing --

singing a certain way in a certain tempo.

And then we just had her sing one line

and then put some space after it --

have the band sort of respond to what she sings.

We had a sort of call and response idea for that.

And then a certain beat that

is in no way reminiscent of the original.

♪♪

♪ Stayed in bed all morning just to pass the time ♪

♪♪

♪ There's something wrong here, there can be no denying ♪

♪♪

♪ One of us is changing, or maybe we just stopped trying ♪

♪♪

♪ And it's too late, baby, now it's too late ♪

♪ Though we really did try to make it ♪

♪♪

♪ Something inside has died, and I can't hide ♪

♪ And I just can't fake it, no, no ♪

♪♪

♪ It used to be so easy living here with you ♪

♪♪

♪ You were light and breezy, and I knew just what to do ♪

♪♪

♪ Now you look so unhappy, and I feel like a fool ♪

♪♪

♪ And it's too late, baby, now it's too late ♪

♪ Though we really did try to make it ♪

♪♪

♪ Something inside has died

♪ And I can't hide, and I just can't fake it ♪

♪ Oh, no

[ Vocalizing ]

♪♪

♪♪

♪♪

♪ There will be good times again for me and you ♪

♪ But we just can't stay together ♪

♪ Don't you feel it, too?

♪ Still I'm glad for what we had and how I once I loved you ♪

♪ But it's too late, baby, now it's too late ♪

♪ Though we really did try to make it ♪

♪ Something inside has died, and I just can't hide ♪

♪ And I just can't fake it

♪ It's too late, my baby

♪ It's too late, my darling

♪ It's too late, my baby

♪ It's too late

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

Sperling: One of the strengths of this program

is that we have four incredible singers

that are all incredibly different from each other.

So whenever I do a songbook like this, I ask Clarke Thorell.

Anything that has anything to do with James Taylor,

he's the perfect guy to call 'cause he is reminiscent

in some ways, but not exactly the same.

And then Alysha and I have done some concert work together

in the past, and I love that she brings

a jazz sensibility to her work.

She can scat beautifully.

She improvises so naturally,

she doesn't even have to really think about it.

And Becca and I have never worked together

on a concert before.

But we did "South Pacific" together,

and she was a natural fit for this, as well.

And then we were going to work

with a wonderful jazz singer named Natanya Hall on this

who came down with the flu just over the weekend.

I started sending out frantic messages like,

"Anybody suggest somebody?"

I tried the people I knew, they were all in L.A.,

or they were all in "Hamilton," frankly.

So I called Laura Wade, and she made a list.

And the very top person on the list was Melody.

♪ You're gonna want me for your girl ♪

Sperling: So I contacted her directly, and I said,

"Would you be game to learn a lot of music

in a really short amount of time?"

And she said, "I think I am."

And we're so lucky to have her.

Woman: ♪ It's so easy for me

Keep go-- so everybody sings everything together.

Melody's right.

Yeah, all the pickups. Because now it's just all...

Okay, okay. And I'll just read it.

...all news all together. Okay.

One of our favorite songs is "Way Over Yonder" --

also on "Tapestry" -- which has always felt like a gospel tune.

But it's traditionally done in three-quarter time,

more like a sort of slow waltz.

And Jeff had the idea to do it in four.

And we've actually had to do quite a bit of work

to make it gel.

♪ Whoa-o-o-oah!

♪ Way over yonder

♪ That's where I

That one should go up in the version.

Can we go over the notes for "From Some Long Ago dream"?

It's either squared way over or pushed.

But we need to kick it back!

♪ That's where I'm bound! ♪

Like, really big -- now, loud there.

♪ That's where I'm bound

Check, check, check. Yeah, that's better.

[ Vocalizing ]

Overtime?

♪♪

♪ Way over yonder

♪ Is a place that I know ♪

♪ Where I can find shelter ♪

♪ From the hunger and cold ♪

♪ And the sweet-tastin' good life ♪

♪ Is so easily found

♪ Whoa-oh-oh!

♪ Way over Yonder

♪ That's where I'm bound

♪ I know

♪ When I get there

♪ When I get there

♪ The first thing I see

♪ See

♪ Is the sun shining golden ♪

♪ Shining golden

♪ Shining right down on me ♪

♪ And trouble's going to lose me ♪

♪ Worry leave me behind

♪ And I'll stand up proudly

♪ With whole peace of mind

♪ Talkin' 'bout a

♪ Talkin' 'bout a way over yonder ♪

♪ There's a place that I've seen ♪

♪ It's a garden of wisdom

♪ From some long ago dream

♪ Whoa-oh-oh!

♪♪

♪♪

♪♪

♪♪

♪ Maybe tomorrow

♪ I'll find my way

♪ To the land where the honey runs ♪

♪ In the rivers each day ♪

♪ And the sweet-tastin' good life ♪

♪ Is so easily found

♪ Way over yonder

♪ That's where I'm bound

♪ Whoa-oh-oh!

♪ That's where I'm bound

♪ Whoa-oh-oh!

♪ That's where I'm bound

♪ Whoa-oh-oh!

♪ Way over yonder

♪ That's where I'm bound

♪♪

Everything that we thought was going to work,

we've discovered, "Yeah, some of this works."

And then others we have to keep massaging

and have to change the harmonies the vocalists are singing,

or actually change the structure of the tune

from what we thought would work.

You know, the art of writing

is the art of re-writing -- that whole thing.

So that's what we we're experiencing in these

last few days of rehearsals

with the entire band and all the singers together.

So it's just re-writing.

♪♪

♪ Shoobie-doobie-doobie-doobie do-wap-wa ♪

♪ Shoobie-doobie-doobie doobie-do-wap-wa ♪

That middle part doesn't down.

Does it just hang on the B-flat?

♪ Doobie-doobie-doobie

-Is it? -I don't know.

I thought it was.

That is one thing I don't think is going to happen.

-Can you play to compliment? -It's funny because

some things like the "shoobie-doops,"

nobody does stuff like that anymore, you know?

And when you're doing a program like this,

you want to sort of pay homage to, like, all those different

eras that Carole had been writing in.

And nobody's, like, doing that kind of thing anymore in music.

So you kind of have to go back and be like,

"How did The Chiffons do that?"

Or, "How did The Cookies do that?"

Kind of, like, just immerse yourself in that '50s

kind of thing for a little bit.

If only there were a device where we could,

say, look something up.

♪ Shoobie-doobie-doobie-doobie do-wap-wa ♪

♪ Shoobie-doobie-doobie doobie-do-wap-wa ♪

Okay, so --

So they stay on one chord for the first two measures

and then they do on the "do-bie" --

on the "bie" -- on the second.

So try it, all stay on one chord on the beginning.

One, two, three, four.

♪ Shoobie-doobie-doobie-doobie do-wap-wa ♪

♪ Shoobie-doobie-doobie doobie-do-wap-wa ♪

That's fine to me.

Lock it!

Let's try the tune now.

♪♪

♪ Shoobie-doobie-doobie doobie-do-wap-wa ♪

♪ Shoobie-doobie-doobie doobie-do-wap-wa ♪

♪ One fine day

♪ You'll look at me

♪ And you will know our love was meant to be ♪

♪ One fine day

♪ You're gonna want me for your girl ♪

♪ Shoobie-doobie-doobie doobie-do-wap-wa ♪

♪ The arms I long for

♪ Will open wide

♪ And you'll be glad to have me ♪

♪ Standing by your side

♪ One fine day

♪ You're gonna want me for your girl ♪

♪ Shoobie-doobie-doobie doobie-do-wap-wa ♪

♪ Shoobie-doobie-doobie doobie-wa ♪

♪ Oh, I know you're the kind of boy ♪

♪ Who only wants to run around

♪ Who only wants to run around

♪ I'll keep waiting and someday, darling ♪

♪ You'll come to me when you want to settle down ♪

♪ Yeah

♪ One fine day

♪ We'll meet once more

♪ And then you'll want the love threw away before ♪

♪ One fine day

♪ You're gonna want me for your guy ♪

♪♪

♪ One fine day

♪ You're gonna want me

♪ For your girl

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

It's interesting, you know, nobody disputes that The Beatles

were one of, like, the biggest bands,

songwriters, like, for all time.

And when The Beatles were first kind of, like, coming to

this country and breaking in and becoming big,

one of the things that they supposedly had said

was that they aspired to be songwriters

as good as Carole King and Gerry Goffin.

And it's sort of interesting that they would look to them

when I feel like everybody thinks The Beatles

are kind of where it's at in terms of great songwriting.

I mean, Carole King, too, obviously.

But The Beatles did in fact

cover a Carole King song, "Chains."

And we're doing that in the program here,

and I feel like that's a lot of fun to just kind of

bring that full circle and kind of put it all together.

♪ Chains

♪ My baby's got me locked up in chains ♪

♪ And they ain't the kind

♪ That you can see

♪ Oh-oh, these chains of love

♪ Got a hold on me, yeah

♪ Chains

♪ Well, I can't break away from these chains ♪

♪ I can't run around

♪ 'Cause I'm not free

♪ Oh-oh, these chains of love

♪ Won't let me be, yeah

♪♪

♪ Now believe me when I tell you ♪

♪ I think you're fine

♪ I want to hold you

♪ But darling, I'm imprisoned by these chains ♪

♪ My baby's got me locked up in chains ♪

♪ And the ain't the kind

♪ That you can see

♪ Whoa-oh, these chains of love ♪

♪ Got a hold on me, yeah

♪ Everybody's doing a brand-new dance now ♪

♪ Come on, baby, do the locomotion ♪

♪ I know you'll get to like it ♪

♪ If you give it a chance now ♪

♪ Come on, baby, do the locomotion ♪

♪ My little baby sister can do it with me ♪

♪ It's easier than learning your ABCs ♪

♪ So come on, come on, do the locomotion with me ♪

♪ You got to swing your hips now ♪

♪ Come on, baby

♪ Jump up

♪ Jump back

♪ Oh, well, I think you've got the knack ♪

♪ Now that you can do it, let's make a chain now ♪

♪ Come on, baby, do the locomotion ♪

♪ Chug-a, chug-a motion like a railway train now ♪

♪ Come on baby, do the locomotion ♪

♪ Do it nice and easy now, don't lose control ♪

♪ A little bit of rhythm and a lot of soul ♪

♪ So come on, come on, do the locomotion with me ♪

♪♪

♪ Come on, come on, do the locomotion with me ♪

♪♪

[ Applause ]

One of my favorite hidden gems is a song called

"No Easy Way Down."

And it's sort of a gospel-y song in 3/4,

and it's been recorded by some really big people.

It was recorded by Barbra Streisand

and Dusty Springfield, and they all did their take on it.

One of my favorite versions of that song,

is Carole played it alone at her concert

at Carnegie Hall back in 1971.

And it's just her on the piano, and it's so beautiful.

♪ 'Cause there is

♪ No easy way down

That one, for me, is just an undiscovered gem in a way.

I mean, it's not completely undiscovered.

But I hope we'll introduce it to our audiences

who may not already know it.

♪♪

♪ Your toy balloon has sailed

♪ In the sky

♪♪

♪ Now it must fall

♪ To the ground

♪ Now your sad eyes reveal

♪ Just how badly you feel

♪ 'Cause there is no

♪ Easy way down

♪♪

♪ The view from the cliffs

♪ Must have been exciting

♪♪

♪ And up to the peaks

♪ You were bound

♪ Now you're stranded alone

♪ And your path is

♪ Your path is unknown

♪ 'Cause there is no

♪ Easy way down

♪♪

♪ No, it isn't very easy

♪♪

♪ When you're left out on your own ♪

♪ No, it isn't very easy

♪ When each road you take

♪ Is one more mistake

♪ And there's no one to break your fall ♪

♪ And lead you back home

♪♪

♪ We all like to climb

♪ To the heights, I know

♪♪

♪ Where our fantasy world

♪ Can be found

♪ But you must know in the end

♪ When it's time, time to descend ♪

♪ But there is no

♪ Easy way down

♪♪

♪ You got to know there's no

♪ Easy way

♪ There is no

♪ There is no easy way

♪ There is no

♪ Easy way down

♪♪

♪ No, it isn't very easy

♪ No, no, it's not easy

♪ No, it isn't very easy

♪ Yeah

♪ No, it isn't very easy

♪ No, no

♪♪

[ Applause ]

Well, Noah and I are married,

so we are each other's wing man for everything in life.

♪ My tapestry

It's sort of like...

What's that? Which one?

It's like ghosty eyes or, like, scary eyes.

[ Laughs ]

It's sort of -- it's like a haunted house song.

The "ooh" at the end?

The "ah" at the end. The "ooh."

♪ Ahh

That really crunchy one.

We listen to a lot of Carole King in our household.

It's just one of our favorite things to put on

when we're in the car or making breakfast.

So the songs are just in our heads

and in our hearts all the time.

One of the things that Noah keeps reminding me,

is that simplicity is really hard,

but simplicity is often what makes something great.

And that if you overcomplicate things,

you sort of lock yourself into a time and place

that may not be your friend.

That I think one of the things that everybody in the room

for these rehearsals keeps on saying is

how these songs still feel as fresh as they were

when they were first written.

♪ The local rock group down the street ♪

♪ Is trying hard to learn their song ♪

♪ They serenade the weekend squire ♪

♪ Who just came out to mow his lawn ♪

♪ Another Pleasant Valley Sunday ♪

♪ Charcoal burning everywhere

♪ Rows of houses that are all the same ♪

♪ And no one seems to care

♪♪

♪ See Mrs. Gray, she's proud today ♪

♪ Because her roses are in bloom ♪

♪ Oh

♪ And Mr. Green, he's so serene ♪

♪ He's got a TV in every room

♪ Oh, another Pleasant Valley Sunday ♪

♪ Here in status symbol land

♪ Mothers complain about how hard life is ♪

♪ And the kids just don't understand ♪

♪ Creature comfort goals

♪ They only numb my soul

♪ And make it hard for me to see ♪

♪♪

♪ My thoughts all seem to stray ♪

♪ To places far away

♪ I need a change of scenery

♪♪

♪ Whoa, ta-da-ta-da, ta-da-ta-da ♪

♪ Ta-da-ta-da, ta-da-ta-da ♪

♪ Ta-da-ta-da, ta-da-ta-da ♪

♪ Ta-da-ta-da, ta-da-ta-da ♪

♪ Another Pleasant Valley Sunday ♪

♪ Charcoal burning everywhere

♪ Another Pleasant Valley Sunday ♪

♪ Here in status symbol land

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

When Carole King was recording "Tapestry,"

sometimes she couldn't get the studio she wanted

because Joni Mitchell had already rented it

to record her album "Blue."

And just a few blocks down the street,

James Taylor was recording "Sweet Baby James."

Can you imagine those three albums being recorded

all in the same few weeks?

"Will You Love Me Tomorrow"

was written by Goffin and King for The Shirelles in 1960,

and it was their first number-one hit.

10 years later, Carole recorded it

for "Tapestry" with backup vocals

by James Taylor, and Joni Mitchell.

Here's that arrangement.

♪♪

♪ Tonight you're mine completely ♪

♪♪

♪ You give your love so sweetly ♪

♪ Tonight the light of love is in your eyes ♪

♪ Will you still love me tomorrow? ♪

♪ Is this a lasting treasure?

♪ Or just a moment's pleasure?

♪ Can I believe

♪ The magic in your sighs?

♪ Will you still love me tomorrow? ♪

♪ Tonight with words unspoken

♪ You say that I'm the only one ♪

♪ But will my heart be broken

♪ When the night

♪ When the night

♪ Meets the morning sun

♪ Meets the morning sun

♪ I'd like to know that your love ♪

♪ Is love I can be sure of

♪ So tell me now

♪ And I won't ask again

♪ Will you still love me tomorrow? ♪

♪ Will you still love me tomorrow? ♪

♪ Will you still love me

♪ Tomorrow?

♪♪

[ Applause ]

I feel like more and more we're living in a world

where everything is so fragmented.

You know, like, you turn on the TV, and there's 500 channels,

and everybody watches something different.

And, you know, you're on Facebook or something,

and everybody has their own feeds.

And the world just seems more and more split apart,

and there aren't a lot of things that interconnect us.

And I believe that, you know, Carole King music

is one of those things that really connects us.

And that's why I feel like she's the heir

to the great American songbook

because it is something we all can share and enjoy as a people.

♪ Jump up

♪ Ooh, jump back

♪ Well, now I think you've got the knack ♪

♪ Now that you can do it, let's make a chain now ♪

♪ Come on, baby, do the locomotion ♪

♪ Do it nice and easy now, don't lose contr-- ♪

Whoa, what?

♪ Come on, baby, do the locomotion ♪

♪ Do it nice and easy now, don't lose control ♪

♪ A little bit of rhythm and a lot of soul ♪

♪ So come on, come on, do the locomotion with me ♪

♪♪

The night of the Tony awards, when "Beautiful" was up

for awards, I also had a show up.

And I actually -- I think I lose my ticket

or something for the performance.

And I had to get backstage because I had to conduct.

And I was stuck at the stage doors saying,

"Let me in. Let me in.

Don't you know who I think I am?"

And Carole King walked in to do her segment,

and so there we were and I couldn't resist

so I just introduced myself again to her.

And she was lovely. She's such a warm person.

And she actually -- she stops, you know, and she listens,

and she compliments you immediately and says,

"Oh, I love that,"

or "That's a great job you did," or something.

And then she goes on and does her business.

But I'm so impressed with everything I've seen of her,

and even in these short meetings with her

about what a good person she seems to be.

Tonight is only the latest in a string of events

that have been honoring Carole King

for her extraordinary accomplishments.

Recently, Carole was awarded the Gershwin Prize,

which is the highest national honor a songwriter can get.

And she's the first woman to receive that honor.

[ Applause ]

And at the Kennedy Center honors,

where she was awarded the honors,

Aretha Franklin moved the audience,

including President Obama, to tears with her rendition

of this next tune.

♪♪

♪♪

♪ Lookin' out on the morning rain ♪

♪ I used to feel so uninspired

♪ And when I knew I had to face another day ♪

♪ Lord, it made me feel so tired ♪

♪ Before the day I met you

♪ Life was so unkind

♪ But you're the key to my peace of mind ♪

♪ You make make me feel

♪ You make make me feel

♪ You make make me feel like a natural woman ♪

♪♪

♪ And when my soul was in the lost and found ♪

♪ Wha-ooh

♪ You came along to claim it ♪

♪ Wha-ooh

♪ I didn't know

♪ Just what was wrong with me ♪

♪ Wha-ooh

♪ Till your kiss

♪ Helped me name it

♪♪

♪ Now I'm no longer doubtful ♪

♪ Of what I'm living for ♪

♪ 'Cause if I make you happy ♪

♪ I don't need to do no more ♪

♪ 'Cause you make me feel

♪ You make me feel

♪ You make me feel

♪ Like a natural woman

♪♪

♪ Oh, what you've done to me

♪ What you've done to me

♪ You make me feel

♪ So good inside

♪ Good inside

♪ And I just want to be ♪

♪ Want to be

♪ Close to you

♪ You make me feel so alive

♪ You make me feel

♪ You make me feel

♪ You make me feel like a natural ♪

♪ Natural woman

♪ You make me feel

♪ You make me feel

♪ You make me feel like a natural woman ♪

♪ Natural woman

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

With Jeff Klitz, our music director and arranger,

we have a history of taking one song

in particular on each program

and arranging it for an a cappella vocal treatment

with four, five, or six voices.

So we've done that with a song

that may not be that familiar to begin with.

It's called "I'll Do My Crying In The Rain."

None of these phrases should die,

or should, like, you know, fall off.

They should just keep sus--

♪ My misery will not

You know what I'm saying? Like that.

So that would be on Becca, Alysha, Clarke,

and Ted to carry that phrase.

You know, she was writing songs for teenagers,

and she was herself a teenager,

so it has a really upbeat groove.

And in a way, you can ignore the lyric

because it seems so happy -- the music.

So we decided to do a setting

that just focused really on the words.

And so I think that's one of the numbers

that will feel very different.

♪ I'll never let you see

♪ The way my broken heart is hurting me ♪

♪ I got my pride

♪ And I know how to hide

♪ All my sorrow and pain

♪ I'll do my crying in the rain ♪

♪ In the rain

♪ In the rain

-♪ If I -♪ If I wait

♪ For cloudy skies

♪ You won't see the rain from the tears in my eyes ♪

♪ You'll never know that I still love you so ♪

♪ Though the heartaches remain

♪ I'll do my crying in the rain ♪

♪ In the rain

♪ In the rain

♪ Raindrops falling from heaven ♪

♪ Could never wash away my misery ♪

♪ But since we're not together ♪

♪ I look for stormy weather

♪ To hide the tears I hope you'll never see ♪

♪ And someday

-♪ Ooh -♪ Someday

♪ When my crying's done

♪ I'm gonna wear a smile and walk in the sun ♪

♪ I may be a fool, but till then, darling, you'll ♪

♪ You will never see me complain ♪

♪ I'll do my crying in the rain ♪

♪ In the rain

♪ In the rain

♪ Crying in the rain

♪ In the rain

♪ In the rain

♪ In the rain

♪ Crying in the rain

♪ In the rain

♪ In the rain

♪ In the rain

♪ Cryin' in the rain

♪ In the rain

♪ In the rain

♪ In the rain

♪♪

[ Applause ]

One of the great joys in being a musician

as a professional is that you get to make music

at a very high level with other artists

who are feeding you and feeding off of you

and complementing you and lifting you higher.

And then the joy you bring to your audience is so palpable.

I can just see how much joy it's bringing or pain

or emotional heights and lows of all kinds.

But something about music can elicit those reactions

without intellect getting in the way.

It goes straight to the heart.

And so that connection that you're connected

to someone else's heart through this ineffable,

untouchable thing is magic.

Carole King's music is special that way.

I feel like it touches something deep inside of people

that I guess all music does in some ways,

but I feel like this music

really speaks to people on a very deep level.

"Where You Lead," which, I didn't watch

the "Gilmore Girls," so I guess that's the theme song.

I'm doing a duet version of that with Melody.

That's fun.

This is literally the first time I'm reading it.

-I know, I know. -Okay.

First time I've ever done it, so...

Two, three...

♪ I always wanted a real home ♪

♪ With flowers on the window sill ♪

♪ But if you want to live in New York City ♪

♪ Honey, you know I will ♪

♪♪

♪ You never know how it's all gonna turn out ♪

♪ But that's okay

We've had solo sessions with Ted,

you know, a couple weeks ago gearing up towards this.

But as far as, like, pedal-to-the-metal

really learning the music and performing

with the band was yesterday and today.

And so today was the first time

I'd ever really done it with Melody.

Melody was a last-minute replacement.

So she's really a trooper.

♪ Where you lead

♪ Oh, oh, oh

♪ Where you lead, I will follow ♪

We're getting it done. We're pros.

We got this.

I wanted to talk about how songs can travel through time

and take on new life.

Often, a song can be a hit in its original released version.

And then later on -- it can be a year later,

or it can be decades later -- another artist will record it

and introduce it to a whole new audience.

And in the first song we're going to do for you next

is a song that she adjusted slightly to become

the theme song for a very popular TV show,

which she sang with one of her daughters.

♪♪

♪ Loving you the way that I do ♪

♪ I know we're going to make it through ♪

♪ And I would go to the ends of the earth ♪

♪ 'Cause, darling, to me that's what you're worth ♪

♪ Where you lead, I will follow ♪

♪ Anywhere that you tell me to ♪

♪ If you need

♪ If you need me to be with you ♪

♪ I will follow where you lead ♪

♪ If you're out on the road ♪

♪ Feeling lonely and oh, so cold ♪

♪ All you got to do is call my name ♪

♪ And I'll be there on the next train ♪

♪ Where you lead, I will follow ♪

♪ Anywhere that you tell me to ♪

♪ If you need

♪ If you need me to be with you ♪

♪ I will follow where you lead ♪

♪ I always wanted a real home ♪

♪ With flowers on the window sill ♪

♪ But if you want to live in New York City ♪

♪ Then, darling, you know I will ♪

♪ Yes, I will, yes, I will ♪

♪ You never know how it's all going to work out ♪

♪ But that's okay

♪ As long as we're together, baby ♪

♪ I know we'll find a way ♪

♪ Where you lead

♪ Where you lead ♪ I will follow

♪ I will follow

♪ Anywhere ♪ Anywhere

♪ That you tell me to

♪ If you need

♪ If you need me to be with you ♪

♪ I will follow

♪ Oh, oh, oh

♪ Where you lead ♪ Where you lead

♪ I will follow

♪ I will follow

♪ Anywhere that you tell me to ♪

♪ If you need

♪ If you need me to be with you ♪

♪ I will follow where you lead ♪

♪ I'm gonna follow where you lead ♪

♪ I'm gonna follow where you lead ♪

♪ I'm gonna follow where you lead ♪

♪ I'm gonna follow where you lead ♪

♪ I'm gonna follow where you lead ♪

♪ I'm gonna follow where you lead ♪

♪ I'm gonna follow where you lead, yeah ♪

♪ I'm gonna follow where you lead ♪

♪♪

[ Applause ]

There are certain themes that I find in her music

that come up again and again.

And to me, one of the major themes is home in her music.

♪ Just bring my baby back home to me ♪

Waxman: I feel like people are drawn

to that and relate to that.

And I feel like people hearing the music

and experiencing the music,

like, with other people is also a really amazing thing.

♪♪

Please feel free to join us on the chorus.

♪♪

♪ When you're down

♪ And troubled

♪ And need some love and care

♪ And nothing

♪ Nothing is going right

♪♪

♪ Close your eyes and think of me ♪

♪ And soon I will be there

♪ To brighten up your darkest nights ♪

♪♪

♪ You just call out my name

♪ And you know wherever I am

♪ I'll come running

♪ Running, oh

♪ To see you again

♪♪

♪ Winter, spring, summer, or fall ♪

♪ All you have to do is call

Sing it.

♪ And I'll be there

♪ I'll be there

♪ You've got a friend

♪♪

♪ When the sky

♪ Above you

♪ Seems dark and full of clouds ♪

♪ And that old north wind begins to blow ♪

♪♪

♪ Keep your head together

♪ And call my name out loud

♪ Soon I'll be knocking upon your door ♪

♪ You just call out my name

♪ And you know wherever I am

♪ I'll come running

♪ To see you again

♪ Winter, spring, summer, or fall ♪

♪ All you've got to do is call ♪

♪ And I'll be there

♪ Yes, I will

Part of wanting to put this show together

was to say that, you know, the Carole King songbook

is so big and so amazing,

and to do our small part to tell that story.

♪ Yes, and desert you

♪ And take your soul if you let them ♪

She uses the same building blocks for almost every song.

There aren't a lot of fancy chords.

There aren't a lot of fancy tempos or modulations.

It's like the basic LEGO, you know?

But somehow, she can build castles out of

the very basic LEGO that endure.

♪ Come running, running

♪ To see you again

♪ Ohhhhh

I think that's why she's so popular,

is because her music is so accessible.

But it's been really fun.

I'm a full-fledged fan.

Not that I wasn't before, but it's official now.

♪ You've got a friend

-♪ Ain't it good to know? -♪ You've got a friend

♪ Ain't it good to know? ♪

♪ You've got a friend

♪ Ain't it good to know? ♪

♪ You've got a friend

♪♪

[ Cheers and applause ]

♪♪

♪♪

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