Chris Muir's Day By Day

Friday, January 27, 2012

Today's Musical Interlude

The Carpenters, Superstar. What a voice Karen Carpenter had. The "superstar" mentioned in the song, by the way, is Eric Clapton. I like the oboe and horn arrangements in this song, too. It's been fashionable to snark on The Carpenters for decades now, but they had some great songs, and Karen was a hell of a singer. If you don't agree...well, fuck you, everyone that looks like you, and the horse you rode in on de gustibus non est disputandum, as the Romans said.

2 comments:

gator said...

She was a helluva singer, and one of my favorite female vocalists of all time. Which reminds me... I need to download some MP3s.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for acknowledging Karen and her brother. Her voice was phenomenal, his arrangements were brilliant, and the recordings still sound great today.

For a contrast with Karen,seek out the version of "Superstar" done by Cher. In the early 70s Cher could rock, and the harshness of her vocal replace Karen's wistfulness with anger and bitterness. I love both versions.