Skip to comments.Carpenters - Solitaire (1975) (Video via You Tube)
Posted on 08/07/2013 4:58:52 PM PDT by beaversmom
I'm a little late to the game, but late than never. I'm just realizing the beauty and talent of the Carpenters:
She was a beautiful lady, I got to say a quick “hello” to her at Hampton Roads Coliseum years ago when they put on a concert there. She died way too young, and in a way I’ll never really understand. What music have we missed since she passed ... I’ll always wonder.
Karen Carpenter was a fantastic musician and composer. In addition to her gifted senses of pitch, rhythm and dynamics, she was an passionate perfectionist musically, and in other ways as well.
She was also romantic and sensitive, and the mixture of these characteristics led to an outcome which was - in terms of her personal life - a tragedy on many levels.
Her songs of the early 1970s are among the most vivid musical memories I have of those years - along with the songs of Jimmy Webb. Years that were remarkable for the incredible breadth and richness of the music that was available for nothing on any kid’s transistor radio.
YouTube has opened a world I though had closed when my old LP’s got trashed.
Karen is the Tops!
s good friend of mine’s wife used to babysit the Carpenters where they were kids.
They were local.
Too bad she died so young
Since this is an anonymous site. Yea, I like The Carpenters. Brings a tear to my eye that we lost her so early.
don’t forget. Girlfriend was a drummer too. She knew what the pocket was and sang in it. That comes from her drumming.
I agree...couldn’t live w/out you tube.
She is one of the few that didn’t use all the belting and melismas and riffs because her tone, dynamics, rhythm, and phrasing were spectacular. I sing a lot of her songs as I have a similar sounding low end that show off my voice. Thus I have a huge appreciation to the smallest of detail in her songs done to the breath work. She was a gift from God. God bless her soul. She is an incredible inspiration and teacher for us vocalists that value beautiful tone, subtle, and control.
People are taken aback when I list my musical preferences — Led Zeppelin, Boston, Pink Floyd...Carpenters, America, Bee Gees. I guess we all have a hard and soft side. Karen had such a clean beautiful voice that touches one’s soul.
America’s greatest hits is probably THE greatest hits album IMO.
In my ripe old (still under 50) age I am discovering/rediscovering lot of great music I had previously ignored.
Oh, not the put a gun to her head and shoot murder, but the kind that sees her in such pain and agony and no one tries to stop her, to slow her down.
She told us how lonely she was for love and exposed her romantic heart for all to see and feel
and her brother wanted to do one more gig.
THAT'S my opinion and I wish I didn't have it ... but Karen didn't need to die.
She always makes me cry when I listen to her. She is singing to me, but she’s gone.
It’s yesterday, once more.
Oh God, I’m listening to Solitaire and can’t hold it together.
There is no current pop vocalist who can compare with Karen Carpenter. I hear her voice, even on those old, analog recordings, and I melt. The beginning of “Hurting Each Other” is simply amazing.
God I miss her. I had the blessing to attend a performance. It was I think 1975 in Harrah’s at Lake Tahoe. Their opening act was the Righteous Brother. I still remember the performance from both of these great talents. I remember Karen asking anyone in the audience if there was a child because she was going to sing SING A SONG. Me being shy and also sitting way in the back kept quiet though I knew the words. Looking back I regret it lol, but I can never forget Karen she looked fine on stage health wise. She is the only talent that is in my Heart and I will never forget the 1 and half hour of pure joy she gave me listening to this angelic gift from God.
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