How to choose music - one CD - with Karen Carpenter is one I would take to a deserted Desert Island
My Favorite Music, is this what you would take to a desert island?
Friends and yours truly were listening to some great music. Namely The Carpenters, Karen Carpenter is my all time favorite female singer. Sitting around the old campfire celebrating my birthday (actually it was a Patio heater), getting too old for this outdoor kind of stuff, and our thoughts and conversions got around to the old desert island thing. You know, if you were marooned on a desert island and were only allowed to take one of a certain thing, what would you take?.
The subject which created the most heat (excuse the pun) was music.
You should try it if the parties getting a bit dull.
More specifically we narrowed it down to:- You are only permitted to take one cd and you have to nominate the name of the CD.
So we all selected our cd's and you know what , there was not two the same not even by the same performer.
What would you select
OK here's the deal:- If you can pick the cd album that I chose and I'll give you a clue in a tick, you will get a prize. Yes folks I'll let you join my Fan club.
And just to let you know that I will not cheat, I've written the name down on a piece of paper. Honest!, do I look like I would tell a lie.
Top of the World by The Carpenters
Here's the clues:-
1) " Its by a group, the lead singer is no longer with us and they were very popular. Not obscure".
2)The lead singer is a female.
3)You could understand the words.
Stop the Press
Sorry folks the major prize has gone off and the winner is:
........SPRYTE...... check out her profile
And the title of the CD is Startrax by The Carpenters!
I would also like to hear what other people would like to take to their own desert island , so put on your thinking caps and let me know.
Brief History of the "Carpenters"
The "Carpenters" were a vocal and instrumental duo, consisting of siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter. Though often referred to by the public as "The Carpenters", the duo's official name on authorized recordings and press materials is simply "Carpenters", without the definite article. It's pretty hard when your talking about them to just say "Carpenter".
In the 1970s when louder and wilder rock was in great demand, Richard and Karen produced a distinctively soft musical style that made them one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
The "Carpenters'" melodic pop charted a record-breaking score of hit recordings on the American Top 40 and Adult Contemporary charts, becoming leading sellers in the soft rock, easy listening and adult contemporary genres. The Carpenters had three #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and fifteen #1 hits on the Adult Contemporary Chart. In addition, they had twelve top 10 singles (including their #1 hits). To date, The Carpenters' album and single sales total more than 100 million units.
During their fourteen-year career, The Carpenters recorded eleven albums, five of which contained top 10 singles including Close to You, Carpenters, A Song for You, Now & Then and Horizon, thirty-one singles, five television specials, and one short-lived television series. They toured in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, the Netherlands and Belgium. Their recording career ended with Karen's death on February 4, 1983.
Karen passed away on the morning of Friday February 4 1983 at the age of 32,after cardiac arrest due to complications of anorexia nervosa. Extensive news coverage of the circumstances surrounding her death increased public awareness of the consequences of eating disorders.
Two movies have been made about Karen Carpenter. Her brother Richard apparently intervened to limit the distribution of one called "Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story", which I believe used Barbie Dolls in one dipiction in the movie. Richard had the movie pulled on the basis that permission was not received to used the Carpenter's tracks!
In 1989 another movie was made for TV called "The Karen Carpenter Story" starring Cynthia Gibb and was produced with Richard Carpenter's cooperation.
The movie was well received and boosted record sales for many weeks when ever it was shown.
At the time of researching this article Richard Carpenter lives with his wife Mary and their four daughters and one son in California, and they are supporters of the arts.
Some years ago the couple pledged a large sum of money in memory of his sister Karen to the Thousand Oaks Civid Arts Plaza Foundation.
On September 20 2006 the first annual "Richard Carpenter Scholarship Competition Award Show" was held at the Civic Arts Plaza.
Richard and daughters Traci and Mindi performed together after the show.
In 2007 Richard and his wife Mary won the Philanthropists of the Year Award of Ventura County.
My own desert island
Although the group was known as "Carpenters" I feel that Karen was the leading light and would have succeeded in her own right as a solo singer.
And if I was to chose I was have Karen Carpenter with me on My own desert island.