Music has always been a very big part of my life. I can't remember a time when I wasn't singing. My dad used to say how I would drive him crazy when I sang in the shower, because I "never finished a song."
Today, as I sat at work, I turned on the 70's channel and heard a Carpenter's song, "Superstar." Oh, I used to love this song. I listened to the Carpenters for so many years. I remember when I lived in Peoria, Illinois, that I heard, "Close to You" for the first time. We must have had the album in our house, as I can recall it as I look at the picture today.
I listened to the "Now and Then" album and learned all sorts of oldies. Of course, I thought they were Carpenter originals. (Johnny Angel, Fun Fun Fun, etc) I used to mimic how Karen Carpenter sang, and I have to give her some credit for teaching me phrasings and vibrato. Of course, my voice is much higher than hers, but I do think trying to sing like her probably helped me extend my vocal range.
We sang, "Top of the World" at Russell Elementary School. I always watched TV specials where she and Richard were performing. I loved that she played the drums; how cool was THAT. I still associate rainy Mondays with her soulful voice.
We listen to a lot of music nowadays, but it's nothing like when I was a kid. And, those songs meant so much to me. I can still sing the lyrics from those songs. Ask me a song from recently, and I have no CLUE what is being sung! Is it that I can't hear the lyrics, or I'm not taking the time to listen?
I'll close with some of the songs that really moved me, and always take me back when I hear them. If you are so inclined, please share some of yours!
Ambrosia: How Much I Feel
Harry Chapin: Cat's in the Cradle and the one where he's the taxi driver
Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody
Willie Nelson: Blue Eyes
Supertramp: We had the 8 track. I love how they changed tracks mid song
Fiddler on the Roof Soundtrack: Anetevka, Anetevka....overworked, underfed, Anetevka
John Denver, The Carpenter's: Any and all albums
Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, the whole album
Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life
Grease, Saturday Night Fever and Xanadu
Starland Vocal Band: Afternoon Delight
Captain and Tenille: Love will keep us together
Three Dog Night
Yeah, I think it's time for me to hit the shower and start singing. And, maybe this time I'll finish the song?