Rick, I realize that you might not see my post right away, but I am so glad you made these points. I have felt the same way, particularly once the lineup of songs for this release was delineated weeks ago. In fact, I purposely avoided this thread once there was speculation, then confirmation, of the song lineup --- for a time. For me, it was enough to know that a new release was in the works. I admit that I was initially leery because I thought it would be strictly an instrumental release. So, thanks to this thread, I learned that we would indeed be hearing Karen's voice --- and that was music to my ears! The days of hearing a new Carpenters' song on the radio and then going to the record store to buy it, or casually walking into a record store and stumbling on a new Carpenters' album, are long gone. It's a different world now with the Internet and social media, as others have eloquently pointed out. I should also indicate that I certainly appreciate the participation and contributions of @John Eidsvoog. How often do we hear directly from an insider, let alone someone working directly and contemporaneously with Richard? No matter how many details about this forthcoming release I stumble on here, I further and undoubtedly appreciate the shared enthusiasm about this new release.