Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Carole King's: "He Hit Me and It Felt Like A Kiss"

Topic of the day: physical abuse in the context of a relationship.  And how it is denied, explained away and completely rationalized as affection.  Please call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), the National Domestic Hotline if you think you are being abused against your will!
(Note:  This is completely separate from the S&M lifestyle, the main premise of which is that all people who engage do so completely consensually.)

Case in point:  The Crystals singing about how they can understand why their boyfriend hits them.  Sadly, the entire idea was literally taken from hearing Little Eva (Eva Boyd) of "Loco-Motion" (1962) fame, she was also Goffin & King's babysitter.  Gerry Goffin overheard her talking about her relationship.  (The Wiki article is here) The record was produced by Phil Spector, who is currently in jail for the death of a woman in his home.  (See the David Mamet TV Movie for more details).  Little Eva's career was bolstered by "Little Donnie" Kirshner who released "The Loco-Motion" and turned it into a number one hit.  She was also a member of the Cookies.

Carole King wrote the music for some of the greatest songs of the 1960's.  Into the 1970's, she began singing her songs and was an iconic symbol of a woman who had it all: a respected career, an intellectual life and LOVE.  Her album "Tapestry" is one of the top albums from any singer-songwriter in the 1970's and has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, more Wiki info here.

In 1977, however, she was a victim of domestic abuse.  Hit repeatedly by her third husband.

In 2012, she told her story repeatedly.  In her memoir. On Piers Morgan.  "Hope springs eternal".  She married him AFTER she knew he was abusive.

Her advice to women in a similar situation: "Leave" and "Get help. Help is available!"

The National Domestic Abuse Hotline , can be reached at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).  The group also has a website, which includes a GREAT feature if someone might be looking over your shoulder.  A "Quick Escape" Button which immediately redirects to Google.  It also offers a realistic warning about clearing your browsing history, and how that doesn't always work.

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