I was listening to Carole King's Tapestry last night, and remembered how much I love her. She never considered herself the most beautiful woman in the world, and it took much prodding to get her to record the album, early 70's. You may not know this, but she wrote/helped write many of the famous songs of the 1960's, and it's unfortunate that her versions are the ones lesser heard on the radio. She was feminine soul, and more than that, she was vulnerable with her feelings; real. Listening to her version of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" is an incredibly tender and moving experience, perhaps made so because it came straight from her own heart.
One of my favorites on Tapestry is "Beautiful", a precursor perhaps to the Christina Aguilera song written by Linda Perry. It goes further than to have an anthem of self-respect, and is more about the way to be beautiful in how we approach the world, not just how the world sees us as we pass through.
Have a wonderful Friday!