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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

songbird's comeuppance

When I was  a child and a teenager, I used to love watching all those Christmas specials on TV.  You know, Andy Williams.  Perry Como.  Bing Crosby.

All the stars my parents' generation loved.  I used to laugh, whoever would listen to Nat King Cole except at Christmas?

It wasn't until much later that I gained a real appreciation of the artistry of those performers.

And then one hot summer day, about 5 or 6 years ago, I was in a store, and a Carpenters song came on the radio.  I really love Karen Carpenter, she had such a warm, distinctive voice.  The songs were so beautiful.  "We've Only Just Begun", "Sing", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "Superstar", and , of course, "Close To You".  I loved singing her songs in my junior high chorus class, because that was the only time we altos got to sing the melody. 

And while this beautiful Carpenters song was playing, I heard a young woman -- she couldn't be more than 19 or 20  -- tell her friend "It sounds like Christmas".

Of course it does.

And I felt old.

If you're a pop star and you want musical immortality, record a Christmas album.

1 comment:

peppylady (Dora) said...

I played the violin in school orchestra and one song we play was Close to you. And Simon and Garfunkel Mrs Robinson.

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