Tonight I watched the Kennedy Centre Honors as I try to do every year. I love the presentations so lovingly put together for each honoree.
This year was no exception. Honoured for their individual accomplishments were:
- Rita Moreno
- George Lucas
- Seiji Ozawa
- Cicely Tyson
- Carole King
- The Eagles – though they have postponed until next year because Glenn Fry is ill. Miranda Lambert did sing “Desperado” in their honour
I loved all of the presentations and was moved to tears several times; however, Carole King was the showstopper for me. Several people came out and sang her songs, including James Taylor, actually sitting and singing “Up On The Roof”. It was mixed in with scenes from the Broadway show “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”. Then the actress playing Carole mentions the last song she wrote with Gerry Goffin, and that it was done by another singer though later Carole recorded it on “Tapestry”. The song was, of course, “Natural Woman” and the other singer was, of course, Aretha Franklin. She came out in a long dress (with a train) and a heavy ankle-length fur coat. Not only did she sing the song but for the first two-thirds she played the piano. This amazed everyone, especially Ms. King.
To close out the show they had everyone come out (even R2D2 and C3PO from the George Lucas segment) for a rendition of “I Feel The Earth Move”. Only the people from the King segment sang leads, of course!
And that was the end of the show. So, I did some housework and sat down at the computer to do some blog reading and check my email. All of a sudden there was a loud noise and shaking. Some things fell off a shelf and I had no clue what was going on. Facebook and Twitter were firing up with talk of earthquakes or cars running into buildings (my first thought). It was a 4.8 (though there are several discrepancies here) earthquake on the west coast of Vancouver Island. We live on the Mainland and North-East of the epicentre.
We haven’t heard of any damages yet on the Island; however everything over here seems good. There seems to have been several earthquakes all along the west coast of the continent.
I don’t believe they could have predicted in Washington D.C. that the final number would have such a literal effect on the other side – but we did feel the earth move!