Living in NYC brings so many amazing opportunities - often last minute. But if you are quick to the punch, you end up in the middle of some unforgettable moments. And Thursday night I had one of those moments.
I got wind of a private concert for about 150 people at a lounge in the meatpacking district featuring the one and only Carly Simon. The event, part of the Tribeca Film Festival was to celebrate the recent winner of the You're So Vain video contest. The contest called on filmmakers from all over the world to make a video of her 1973 hit You're So Vain.
Carly had pre-recorded some video against a green screen that filmmakers were to incorporate into their video. Before handing over a $10,000 check to the winner, Brett Bisagno, Carly reminded the audience that You're So Vain had never had a music video before. You can see Brett's winning video here!
Carly was joined on stage by Ben Taylor (her son by musician James Taylor), musician and godson John Forte (from the Fujis) and David Saw. Together they sang Hard-Headed Woman, a song Taylor said he learned from his dad. Also accompanying Carly on stage for one song was her sister and Tony nominated composer, Lucy Simon. Together they sang a song Lucy wrote, Wynken, Blynken and Nod for the first time in twenty years. Lucy was described by Carly as the "guitar player in the family" but beyond that, her voice, completely different than Carlys was also just as beautiful.
To wrap up the night, Carly brought out her guitar, invited anyone who "knew the words to this one" to hop on stage with her and sing along to You're So Vain.
The crowd went totally wild and as I looked on stage, inspired and grateful all I could think was "wow, I love my life and I love NYC".
To see all of the You're So Vain video entries visit www.carlysimon.com.