Hello, Vixens & happy Sunday to all of you!!! As we continue our countdown to Christmas, I hope you enjoy another one of my favorite holiday songs!!!
Every once in a while a singer comes along who changes the game and takes it up much more than a notch. Sometimes its the timing that’s perfect, or the song, or the arrangement or the singer. Sometimes, when the voice is really spectacular, it’s all of those things combined. That was the certainly the case with Karen Carpenter.
As one half of the brother and sister duo, her voice became the sound of soft romantic music in the 1970’s. Even if their music was not your particular favorite, there was no denying the beauty or subtle power of Karen Carpenter’s voice. Her brother, Richard, knew exactly how to write and arrange music that perfectly suited her vocal range, which only added to the magic of the recordings they made together. Add in the fact that she was also one of the first drummers in an all male setting made Karen Carpenter a real hero to so many women and little girls, me included. In fact, I started to learn how to play the drums in fourth grade because of her, and stayed with it throughout elementary school as the only girl playing drums with the boys.
If I think about her life too closely, it is hard not to feel sorry for how things unfolded for her: a rigorous touring schedule that left her little time for a personal or social life, a failed marriage when she just wanted to be happy and have a family like most women her age and a battle against a disease that would eventually claim her life at the age of 32.
So I’d rather focus on the beautiful music she left us, from “Superstar” (remember Chris Farley & David Spade singing this in “Tommy Boy“?), “Rainy Days and Mondays“, “Close To You” (also featured in the movie “Parenthood“), “Goodbye To Love“, “Yesterday Once More“, “We’ve Only Just Begun” and so many more.
The Carpenters also made several holiday recordings but my favorite one is The Christmas Song. Karen’s voice is crystal clear, soft and completely mesmerizing. She had an incredible gift.
Please remember I do not own the rights to anything, I am just sharing my favorite songs with you.