Examiner.com: A Conversation with Paul Williams

Everything Paul Williams says is either funny or memorable—or both. This became clear when the legendary songwriter (“We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Rainbow Connection,” “Evergreen”) ordered breakfast yesterday at the Carlyle Hotel, where he begins his second of two weeks tomorrow night at the Café Carlyle, and was immediately interrupted by fans who came down from Canada to see Saturday night’s show.

“I’ve had relationships that didn’t last this long!” he said to the couple after posing for a pair of pictures, not at all bothered—busy as he is. Now famously sober after years of alcohol and drug addiction, the Los Angeles-based president and chairman of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is in the middle of a career roll, what with the release of the DVD of his acclaimed documentary Paul Williams Is Alive, his acceptance May 15 of the 2013 Caron Artist Award (the benefit gala at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York provides financial assistance for alcoholism and drug addiction treatment), book and musical projects, and continued songwriting, in addition to performing—and blogging.

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