Monday, November 21, 2011
Music Monday--The Carpenters
Known in the 1970's for their syrupy sweet music and multi-layered sound, The Carpenters started out as a jazz trio. When they couldn't find success with more cerebral music, they turned to pop to make it big.
This song, Mr. Guder, was written by brother Richard after he and a friend were fired from California's Disney Land by a rather traditionally-minded boss, Mr. Guder.
Karen's drumming on this piece is phenomenal, as is her singing. Highlighted by clear, jazzy flute and scat singing at the end, this shows the true talent of the group.
I actually think this version is better than the one that ended up on their album. It is wonderful to see the joy that playing music brings Karen here as well. Quite a contrast to her later years when she was plagued by anorexia.
The lesson here, I think, is stick with what you truly love.
RIP, Karen Carpenter and Johnny Carson.