Whenever we were in the car with our parents, be it travelling to a holiday destination or just down to the local supermarket, they would play an old cassette tape of the Carpenters. Their solid, easy-listening became the greatest travelling companion for any road trip.
I still hear both my mum and dad rattling off ‘Sweet Sweet Smile’ in the front seat as my Dad would lean over to my mother, place his hand on her leg and say humorously and affectionately, ‘You have a fine pair of legs on ye Vera’.
It’s a real pity Karen Carpenter isn’t still alive. Would they still be the success there were. I have to believe they would be and that the fans would still be following them. I’m sure there are parents, even today, listening to them and introducing their kids to them. I know my sister does with her 2 year daughter. Still I never see someone on the Xfactor singing one of their songs. There’s never a Carpenters Week. Are their songs too feel-good folk/country songs? I don’t even know how to categorize their music.
All I know is that Karen and her brother Richard knew how to make the music and sing the song. I wonder if there’s someone out there coming up with a musical much in the same vain as Mama Mia. I know I’d want to go see it. Plus, why aren’t people covering the songs? Maybe the rights are tied up. Richard still lives in California and maybe he hasn’t released the rights. Could it be that there’s no interest. I refuse to believe that. Their songs are too singalong-able for them not to have a following.
You know I don’t even have the Carpenters on my ipod. I must rectify that immediately. I don’t exactly have a favourite song of theirs but if I was made pick one it would have to be ‘Top of the World’. I’m way too attached to that song from my childhood. In my adulthood, every song is my favourite. I don’t know all the lyrics or all the songs but I love all the ones I do know. What are yours and why?
I was going to link a few songs here but youtube the ones you like, especially if you haven’t listened to them in a while.