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Carly Simon reflects on her career

Her greatest hits album features all her classic songs, including her favorite, 'Like a River.'
/ Source: Billboard

“Reflections: Carly Simon’s Greatest Hits” marks the first time Simon’s hits from various labels are available on one disc.

The set bows May 4 through BMG Strategic Marketing Group.

Rhino released a lavish two-disc anthology last year that some mass merchants didn’t carry because of its high price point and because its configuration was not the standard size.

“One of the goals was to put everything in an affordable package,” Simon says. “The Rhino package was expensive and very thoroughly done, but I think BMG wanted to put out a record at a lower price point.” The BMG title retails for $18.98.

Simon participated in many facets of the BMG project, including the song selection, liner notes and artwork. “The label knows I’ll care a lot more about the promotion when it’s a joint project,” she says.

Simon appears on “Good Morning America” May 4, “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” May 5 and “Live With Regis and Kelly” May 6.

The album includes Simon’s biggest hits, but it also contains what she considers her best song: “Like a River.”

The tune, about her mother’s death, “was one of the songs that just came to me. I have to think my mother was truly by my side when I wrote it.”

Other projects in the worksSimon, whose last studio album for Arista was 2000’s “The Bedroom Tapes,” is writing songs but is not prepping a new album or looking for a record deal.

“I’ve got too much else going on,” she says.

That includes penning material for upcoming films “Little Black Book,” starring Brittany Murphy, and Disney’s “Heffalump,” about the mysterious creature who lives in Winnie the Pooh’s 100 Acre Wood.

“Baby Roo and the baby Heffalump make friends,” Simon says. “It’s very delicious.”

Simon, who won an Academy Award for penning “Let the River Run” for 1988’s “Working Girl,” says she loves writing for movies.

“That’s the greatest gift I have: to get into the head of most living creatures,” she says. “I don’t think I could get into the head of a serial killer or someone who’s that scary to me, but a Heffalump? No problem.”

She is also campaigning to get producer/musician John Forte, best-known for his work with Fugees, out of jail. Under the mandatory minimums for drug offenses, Forte is serving a 14-year sentence for possession with intent to distribute narcotics.

But when pressed, Simon admits she would love to get back on the radio with a new song.

“One of the reasons I haven’t been able to make a new album is because I feel that maybe there’s not enough audience for me out there.”

To her surprise, but perhaps no one else’s, Simon has found herself the muse of some of today’s top fashion designers. Michael Kors cited Simon as the inspiration for his current collection. Simon and Kors just collaborated on a feature and photo shoot for the June issue of Interview magazine.

Then, Simon says, “I went to Bergdorf Goodman and Zac Posen was having a trunk show. He came out and he said, ‘I had pictures of you on the wall while I did the designs.’

“I didn’t know what I was doing when I got dressed in the morning in the ’70s,” Simon says. “I went to Sarah Lawrence, and the image of quite smart and sophisticated and novel was to have your ears pierced, the big hats and the capes. That kind of bohemian look, that was my look. I still dress that way. I don’t have the imagination to do anything different.”