Carly Simon Wrote "Anticipation" While Waiting For Cat Stevens

by Paul Cashmere, Noise11

Carly Simon says her classic Anticipation was inspired and written about Cat Stevens while she was waiting for him to come to her house for dinner.

Simon’s very first gig was as support to Stevens at The Troubadour in West Hollywood. Carly says she learned to harmonize to his songs.

In a new interview with Dan Rather, Simon said “I invited him to come to my apartment when we were going to play Carnegie Hall together. It was about 7 o’clock when he supposed to arrive and he hadn’t arrived yet. I was so nervous that the chicken wasn’t cooked and the cherries would have melted. I picked up the guitar. I had to fill my brain with something. I pretended I was Cat Stevens. I started out with very Cat Stevensy chords, very abrupt. I was so stuck in the moment of being fearful so as a lesson to myself I said: “but we can never know about the days to come”. I didn’t know when the door-bell was going to ring. I liked that. It was all of a sudden a quarter to eight and I had written the whole song."

Dan Rather will interview Carly Simon for The Big Interview on ASX TV in the USA November 1.

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