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Old 06-02-2014, 18:29
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Altho Richard did end up marrying his cousin
It's not something I'd ever want to do, but isn't marrying cousins pretty common in some parts of America?
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Old 06-02-2014, 19:17
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Don't really want to know about the more depressing aspects of her private life (and if that sounds pious it wasn't meant to be.) Just want to add 'This Masquerade' to the songs being mentioned...absolutely and beautifully haunting. One of my favourite songs by anybody ever.
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Old 07-02-2014, 13:33
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Song for You, especially after she died is so haunting and moving
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Old 08-02-2014, 00:17
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Wonderful voice, but wasted singing that nauseating cheese they knocked out
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Old 08-02-2014, 00:46
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Just want to add 'This Masquerade' to the songs being mentioned...absolutely and beautifully haunting. One of my favourite songs by anybody ever.
That's Richard Carpenters favourite song of theirs.
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Old 08-02-2014, 02:18
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Wonderful voice, but wasted singing that nauseating cheese they knocked out
It's a matter of taste but I would take the Carpenters music over almost every artist who won a Grammy this year. Sure, some of their stuff IS cheesy but a lot of it is very beautiful and I would rather listen to some harmless cheese than filth like, for example, Miley Cyrus' song 4x4 which pollutes music today. I wasn't even born when Karen Carpenter died but I'm a fan of her sort of music far more than I am of most of the rubbish in the charts. The innocence of the Carpenters songs is comforting.
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Old 08-02-2014, 23:31
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For me it's the fact that she just sang the melody with no showboating like today's singers, who seem to have to warble every damn line (I blame Mariah Carey!)

Karen's voice was so unique and the melodies haunting
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:06
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For me it's the fact that she just sang the melody with no showboating like today's singers, who seem to have to warble every damn line (I blame Mariah Carey!)

Karen's voice was so unique and the melodies haunting
Indeed, she had nothing to prove, unlike the others who cant hold a candle to her
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Old 09-02-2014, 16:54
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For me it's the fact that she just sang the melody with no showboating like today's singers, who seem to have to warble every damn line (I blame Mariah Carey!)

Karen's voice was so unique and the melodies haunting
Absolutely, I actually have an adversion to female singers since the Mariahs, Whitneys and Celines dictated that every damned note has to be screeched in God knows how many octaves. My old music teacher was a huge fan of the Carpenters and used them as examples of how a pure voice and melody needed no embelishment. As a legacy I now know every singly word of every Carpenters song whether I wanted to or not! I love Masquerade as well.
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Old 10-02-2014, 18:04
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It's a matter of taste but I would take the Carpenters music over almost every artist who won a Grammy this year. Sure, some of their stuff IS cheesy but a lot of it is very beautiful and I would rather listen to some harmless cheese than filth like, for example, Miley Cyrus' song 4x4 which pollutes music today. I wasn't even born when Karen Carpenter died but I'm a fan of her sort of music far more than I am of most of the rubbish in the charts. The innocence of the Carpenters songs is comforting.
When you put it like that, I have to agree
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Old 24-01-2015, 15:44
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Just been reading this thread as strangely I googled Karen Carpenter & this was on google

I was never around when Karen was alive (or when she died) and it takes me a while to get into "older" music but The Carpenters are fantastic and some of their songs are just beautiful. My favourite is actually 'Superstar', the verses are haunting and just excellently sung by Karen Carpenter whose voice is indescribable imo. There's something about her voice that is captivating yet not exactly one in a million if that makes sense (that's not a 'diss' btw, just a badly explained opinion ).

Karen's life really interests me, and not just the bad bits that seem to get spoken about a lot. Her character was apparently very flamboyant in a nice way and "goofy"/silly. I think she was kind of "one of the boys", easy to like I should imagine.

I want to see 'The Karen Carpenter story', I will get around to it. Some love it, some hate it, I think overall the opinion is that it's not a bad take on her but could've been better.
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Old 24-01-2015, 19:07
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For me it's the fact that she just sang the melody with no showboating like today's singers, who seem to have to warble every damn line (I blame Mariah Carey!)

Karen's voice was so unique and the melodies haunting
Yeah. There seems to be a trend where today's singers put more power into their long notes because to them, it will show how good of a singer he/she is. Karen's voice was good enough to not need this. I can only imagine that the reason why today's singers, or a lot of them, do this, is because they know that their voices would falter greatly if they didn't force the sound through. I wonder how many of today's singers' voices in their twenties wouldn't falter if they didn't force the sound of the long notes through? Not many, I bet.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPmbT5XC-q0
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Old 24-01-2015, 22:31
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I saw the repeat of the BBC4 programme over Christmas. The most poignant thing for me is that she didn't realise just how exceptional she was. One of the interviewees said John Lennon approached her just to say he loved her voice and she was bowled over by it.
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Old 25-01-2015, 09:42
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This was shown again last night on BBC4, it might be available On Demand or IPlayer if anyone is interested.
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Old 26-01-2015, 21:24
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Anyone else see the show on her ? No wonder she ended up with an eating disorder . Her parents didn't to like her and she was pushed into something she didn't seem comfortable doing . I love how the family blame the doctors when there was very little they could do at the time
fantastic voice... i have all the carpenters songs.. video's.. what a beautiful voice...
shame about her life story.
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Old 26-01-2015, 22:06
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Karen had one of the most beautiful, mellow and sonorous voices in the business.
A real tragedy really, her and poor Lena Zavaroni.
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Old 26-01-2015, 22:28
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Close to You and Rainy Days and Mondays are just exceptional. I don't know much about Karen's life but the Carpenters would have produced many more hits had she not died
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