Nashville Opera
Nashville Opera to perform Romulus Hunt
12/05/2014 12/06/2014 12/07/2014 Nashville Opera

Originally commissioned and produced by The Metropolitan Opera Guild and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1993, Carly Simon's opera, Romulus Hunt, is being performed by the Nashville Opera in December.

Romulus Hunt, named after its 12-year-old protagonist, tries to trick his divorced, ill-matched parents into coming back together.

Jim Hart, Carly Simon, Diane Sawyer, Mike Nichols
A Farewell to Mike Nichols (1931-2014)
11/21/2014

Dear All,

I am saying farewell to a great man and a beloved friend. My pain and sorrow that I will never see Mike again is huge. He was the biggest influence in my adult life. Like a father or older brother to me. Giving me advice and when I didn’t take it, he’d smile the most understanding smile and say: “You see, I warned you!!!” It was never mean or patronizing. His charm and wit are famous. I saw him so many times in the flesh, just sitting still, not knowing he was being watched. I felt his deep thoughts and observations without knowing what they were specifically.

Diane (Sawyer) is a miracle, as you all probably know. A brilliant and beautiful and refined woman who is the only woman I can imagine being such a partner to Mike. Two of his children, Max and Jennie, spent a lot of time with my own children: Sally and Ben. They were born almost exactly the same days as each other: Max and Sally, Jennie and Ben. We spent a lot of holidays with them, the two families together with just ourselves and the games we made up. At times his third daughter, Daisy, and other friends of Mike and Diane's joined the festive holiday dinners.

I did see him last summer and he seemed jolly an looked pretty damned good. I am deeply sad that i didn’t see him this fall. I sent him flowers for his birthday two weeks ago and asked the florist to make them the most beautiful arrangement they had ever made. I imagine I was one of 100 people who did the same. . Diane and Mike, Jim Hart (my former husband) and I were often a foursome and the chemistry was dazzling. Again, we were only two of the myriad of dazzling foursomes they engaged in the company of. The two of them were the two who made sure that living well was the best revenge, the Gerald and Sarah Murphy of the Vineyard whose reputation as the host and hostess of the South of France inspired young or old artists to live in an atmosphere of creativity and beauty. They were mentors. There was that great ability in Mike to encourage people to do their best. He was stunning in that arena. The number of artists he discovered proves the point. But he didn’t suffer fools. Once, talking on the phone to him, his other phone rang and he said: “No, I can’t, it’s probably one of “them”. I asked him for further explanation. He said “We are the ones who don’t ask each other for things and “them” are the ones who want something from us”. He was gracious to both groups and I was careful never to be one of “them". He knew who they would be almost by the ‘ring’ of the phone. Usually the people you had already turned down three or four times before. I made several errors in the duration of our friendship of asking him somethings that made me a “them”. I learned like a little child, it’s hand on a hot stove.

I’ll always remember the songs I wrote for the five of his movies I worked on. Only three of them came to fruition (Working Girl, Heartburn, Postcards From The Edge), but never the less, songs were written and he inspired them. He was appreciative and inspiring to work for. When I had taken the idea at the end of the script of “Heartburn”, (when Merryl Streep sings to her daughter “the itsy bitsy spider” as the plane is taking off), it turned out of be the theme of the movie. He got Merryl Streep on the phone with him and called me because I had gotten it so ‘right’. The theme also served as a book-end front to back, the score opened and ended the movie. The song version was: “Coming Around Again”. When I asked Mike for one word that he might think would be the essence of the song version, he said: “Again, yes, something about ‘again’. No different, and possibly more enthusiastic was his reaction to “Let The River Run” which I played for Mike and Diane one night when they were over for dinner. I don’t think I’ll ever have such a time again. The pride I felt in accomplishment when we finished all the cues for the soundtrack (with the notable help of Robbie Kilgore) was so satisfying. It brimmed with the atmosphere of someone winning. On camera and off.

But then there were all the people in his life, his extended family and the wide group of friends who just adored him. He is the subject of one of the largest obituaries the New York times has ever published and there still is not enough space to say even one iota of what he meant to people. I think of Elaine May where his comedy routines began with and I send her love, and I send Max and Jennie and Daisy and Rachel love, and I send Annabel love, and Catherine and Mike and Diane’s dog: Lila, all the grandchildren and of course most of all Diane, the fullest part of my empty heart.

With so much love and missing, Carly Simon

Playlist CD
Playlist: The Very Best of Carly Simon - 2014
10/27/2014 CD Details

Sony Legacy has just released this latest compilation of hits from Carly Simon. Featured are 14 tracks, 6 of which are "live" performances.

Bob's Burgers Season 5 Working Girl
Carly Simon Vocals on Bob's Burgers Episode
10/05/2014 Worldwide iTunes

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Fresh off its first Emmy win for Outstanding Animated Program, Bob’s Burgers returns for its fifth season on Oct. 5th, with the premiere episode "Work Hard or Die Trying, Girl", which pits a school musical inspired by "Working Girl", against a competing underground production of a "Die Hard" inspired musical.

You can catch the season premiere of Bob’s Burgers on FOX this Sunday, Oct. 5 at 7:30 pm ET. / 6:30 Central http://www.fox.com/bobsburgers/

Carly Simon in referenced often in this episode, and you can hear her own vocals on the final choir piece of Let The River Run (her Oscar winning theme song from Working Girl), at the end of the show.

Here's the original music video from the film Working Girl:

Ascap Foundation
Carly Simon to perform at Ascap's ‘We Write The Songs’ Event
04/30/2014 Ascap Website

Carly Simon will be performing at the sixth annual Ascap event which will take place 7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at The Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

The evening, hosted by ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams, will also include performances by several of ASCAP’s leading songwriter and composer members, who will donate original materials to The ASCAP Collection at the Library of Congress.

Performers at the event include (in alphabetical order): Jon Batiste (Creative), Alan Bergman (The Way We Were), Josh Kear (Need You Now), Randy Newman (You’ve Got a Friend in Me), Carly Simon (You’re So Vain), Narada Michael Walden (Freeway of Love), Jimmy Webb (Wichita Lineman), Ann & Nancy Wilson [Heart] (Barracuda).

Let The River Run
Let The River Run - Single Release
04/20/2014 Worldwide iTunes

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As a look back on their spectacular year as UK City of Culture 2013, Walled City Records in association with Iris Records and Derry City Council are releasing Mairead Carlin and Damian McGinty's version of Carly Simon's iconic hit song 'Let The River Run'.

Their version of the song, which Carly Simon described as 'absolutely stunningly wonderful', will be released on Jan. 20th.