Jamie Anderson (Forbes) has an interesting article which opens with some thoughts on Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" and then proceeds from there:
It really is an interesting study in human behavior that a song released some 40 years ago (coincidentally in the same year that SAP was born) still generates debate over who actually inspired the title. The fact that Simon has never publically revealed the name of her ‘inspiration’ is something that also fascinates me and again says something about human behavior.
It really is amazing how that song still causes so much speculation and discussion. There are so many number one songs that are now forgotten. But "You're So Vain"? From the strutting bass to the 'son of a gun' whisper at the start, the double pianos and those lyrics.
What a song.
And Carly's written so many of them. "Anticipation," "Jesse," "Coming Around Again," "Holding Me Tonight," "How Can You Ever Forget?," ""The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of," "The Right Thing To Do," "Haven't Got Time For The Pain," "All I Want Is You," "Better Not Tell Her," and those are just the first ones that come to mind.
She really is one of the most gifted songwriters.
I actually she would write more with David Saw. Not because she's not great on her own. She is. But she and David Saw as a team have written some really amazing things (like "How Can You Ever Forget?"). He brings out another side of her.
Closing with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"