Carole King Quotes

Carole King is best known for her 1971 album “Tapestry,” one of the best-selling records in history. She became one of the most successful songwriters of the rock era.

“I just sort of try to be a good person; try to write music that lifts people and makes me feel good to sing.” – Carole King

“I’m a songwriter first, have always been, and probably always will be. Making the demo is a natural product of writing a song; after that, I’m happy to hear other people do it in other ways.”
As quoted in “Will you still love me tomorrow?” by Rachel Louis Snyder in Salon (19 June 1999)

“Sometimes I get a lyric, and the lyric, you know, comes off the page, and goes into my brain and comes out with a melody. Other times, I may create a melody first.” – Carole King

“The song is the center; the song is the key. If you don’t have a good song you don’t have anything by my value.”
As quoted in “The King is Still Alive” in The Birmingham Post [England] (6 November 2001)

“It’s about connections. I want to connect with people; I want to make people think “Yeah, that’s how I feel.” And if I can do that, that’s an accomplishment.” – Carole King

“I listen to both oldies and contemporary stations. I enjoy listening to current stuff because there’s an energy to it that’s inspiring.” – Carole King

“I write heavily under the influence of James Taylor.” – Carole King

“Eric Clapton is my dream guitarist.” – Carole King

“I went to London and performed in Eric Clapton’s concert at the Royal Albert Hall. I’ll work with him any time he asks me.” – Carole King

“Sensitive, humbug. Everybody thinks I’m sensitive. Wait until they hear my new album.” – Carole King

“There is a downside to having one of the biggest-selling albums ever.” – Carole King

“My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue, an everlasting vision of the ever changing view.” – Carole King

“In my career I have never felt that my being a woman was an obstacle or an advantage. I guess I’ve been oblivious.” – Carole King

“My parents always told me I could be anything I wanted to be.” – Carole King

“I didn’t want to be an artist.” – Carole King

“I used to hate the sound of my voice.” – Carole King

“I think Madonna has a great deal of intelligence and capability. I have a lot of respect for her. She’s taken her career and maximized it with intelligence and creativity.” – Carole King

“The downside of videos is that it will put my vision in front of other people, so they might not get the chance to create their own.” – Carole King

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