Oh how I loved Karen Carpenter with that amazing and unique voice of hers. I often wonder what she would sound like if she was alive today. I play my Carpenters CDs all the time!
Here's another tribute thread to her that was made a few years ago ...
... Passionately Australian
^ thanks and sorry for starting a new thread, when there already was one... I tried searching before I made this thread but it didn't come up with any results... Also glad to hear there's more fans here!
I think one of my favourites is Don't Cry for Me Argentina simply because her voice does things that it doesn't really do. It begins so soft and gentle and mellow and seems to grow and grow and grow. But if you listen really carefully at the end, it sounds as though she has turned up the volume. . . but she hasn't. Her voice control and talent makes you think she's singing a lot more loudly than she really is. That takes a lot of talent and I don't know of another singer who mastered it.
There was never any effort in Karen's singing. She didn't need to try. She just opened her mouth and the perfect music happened.
Maybe the mods can merge them?
I'm not a voice expert but something about kd lang's always reminds me of Karen Carpenter.
One of my favorite and I think most popular songs by the group -- "We've Only Just Begun"
This video is from when they performed at the Grammy Awards. I think she looked absolutely RADIANT here... sooo beautiful.
Another great one! "One Love"
Though her outfit may be horrid here, don't let that distract you. This song is beautiful and she performs it so well, with so much emotion.
I also can't get over how attractive and awesome she was, seriously...
Sorry... last one for now. There's just too much to love!
I LOVE this song and the music video
She was even Earth's ambassador:
And, lest we forget Karen's other talent:
why are there 2 threads on her (of all people) all of a sudden?
I saw Karen and Richard in concert back in the 70's and still have memories of Karen and way she could sing a song. Love go on y-tube and listen to her voice.
I love the Carpenters, I have all their albums on Vinyl, Tape and CD.
I saw them in concert in London in 1976
My favorite song is Goodbye to Love.
and even now I can remember where I was and what I was doing when the news of her untimely death reached us here in the UK.
so from one fan to another
Hey to all the Carpenter's fans out there -- there's a website here that you can sign a petition to add the Carpenters to the rock and roll hall of fame!
I'm trying to submit my signature but the site's being a little weird... But it's be cool if you guys tried as well
2 of my favorites
^ Two GREAT songs by them
^ glad to help!
The Carpenters are one of the best duo groups of all time! I love listening to their music. It's so sad that she's gone. At least her music lives on. I have the book "Little Girl Blue." haven't read it yet but I plan to. Karen and Richard Carpenter had amazing harmonies. Anyone know what Richard Carpenter is doing these days? I guess he retired. She was the voice and he was the musician. There will never be anyone with a voice like Karen Carpenter!
Superstar: the Karen Carpenter Story
I can't let this thread die... I just can't :/
I can sit for hours and listen to one great singing voice, in Karen. Now that is close to Christmas get out and enjoy the Karen and Richard songs of Christmas.
HUGE Karen Carpenter fan!!!! I have listened to her for as long as I can remember. My favorite song (of her many great ones) is "Sing" . whenever I hear that song for some reason it brings tears to my eyes, not sure why, it brings me back to my young childhood years.
Also, love "yesterday once more". I could sit and listen to her all afternoon with you and we could just kick back and chill listening to her. That would be "A ticket to ride" lol. pun intended
PS. Love her Christmas songs too!
^ They did know how to make great Christmas albums! Perfect to help get in the holiday spirit!
Karen would be proud...
She was one of the greatest singers of the 20th century. Her voice had a resonance that just reverberates in your head. Unlike many of today's singers who try to cram in extra notes and flourishes to bring attention to themselves, Karen simply sang the song as written, always beautifully, and brought attention to the beauty of the song. Truly one of the great singers.
i cant get her out of my head, nor can i ever get enough of her music... that sweet, pure, velvety voice of gold.
although she died some 30 years ago, way before i was even born, i feel this great connection to her, something rare that i havent felt with anyone else. i feel as though i almost knew her, and am deeply saddened by the tragedy that was her life. she is the number 1 lady in my life. i may come off as crazy -- i dont really care. karen has helped me get through a lot in the last couple years with the beautiful music she made. there is a bond between her and me thats indescribable. i love her, i really do.
now that ive finished rambling on, is there any celebrity you guys feel particularly close to, a celebrity that stands out from the rest, that you think has actually affected your life?
Nina Simone, in some way
Just, you know, keep eating.
Even in my pre-adolesecnce, it was considered somewhat lame to listen to the Carpenters. Nowadays, getting on Sesame Street gets you cool points, but the Carpenters actually covered a Sesame Street song, as well as a Crocker Bank commercial. And that just added to their appearance of non-appearance. They were cheese, definitely, but it wasn't until years later that my palate refined enough that could appreciate much of what they did. Some of their covers still come off as chintzy ("Please Mr Postman"), and I can't redeem "Sing" no matter how I try. But songs like "Superstar" are brilliant.
She had a terrific contralto voice. It would have been great to see what she could have grown into.
Everyone wants to be heard. No one wants to listen.
there's been many that have affected me at some point in my life. i'd say prodigy of mobb deep, gza and odb from wu tang, tupac, and kurt cobain. then that all stopped and i decided to be me.
one thing about the closet/you don't have to hurry/it will be bad tomorrow/so brother, don't you worry
I like her as well. My parents got me into her tbh, but there are days I find myself listening to some of her songs. Such strong passion in her voice one could feel all her emotions. What happened to her was a tragedy.
Another lady right up there for me is Eva Cassidy. Also a sad story, also a brilliant voice. Maybe I'm just attracted to tragic, rare birds.
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Huge fan of the Karen.. I cant hear the song "Sing" without it bringing a tear to my eye, it really brings me back to a fun part of my childhood. Also Christmas at my house is always filled the Carpenter songs, with my personal favorite being "Merry Christmas, Darling" But ya, all of their collection is still awesome even to this day!
Tragic stories always haunt us, and her was one of those, incredible talented and incredibly doomed... I wonder if she ever has happy, being gifted most of the times is also a curse....
One of those stories that scared my youth was Gia Carangi, so beautiful but also so doomed...
i cant get enough of learning about her and her life. im even reading a book of articles about them, currently. her life was such a tragedy but it also brought to light the degree of seriousness to the illness for the rest of the world.
I always felt that the had the voice of an angel and I never got tired of listening to her.
The Carpenters' music was such a part of my teenage years...I have always loved Karen's voice. I still listen to their music and often become sad, when I recall her passing. I was inconsolable for some time, after hearing she had died. The world lost a truly gifted vocalist and they are so rare. She could sing as perfectly live, as she did on the recordings. Thank goodness for technology, so we do have her music still available to us.
One of the great female voices of the 20th Century.