Two exciting new Carpenters releases are now available. The new book Carpenters: The Musical Legacy can be ordered here. A big thanks to the authors and Richard Carpenter for their tremendous effort in compiling this book! Also, the new solo piano album Richard Carpenter's Piano Songbook is available for ordering here.
We recently moved south to Florida, leaving the snowy confines of Philadelphia for heartier souls. As we drove our cars south on I-95, it was naturally possible to receive many different radio stations.
As we entered the state of Florida, I happened on an NPR station that was replaying the Richard Carpenter/Terry Gross interview. Moments after it was over, I flipped to the AM dial and started a scan, where I found an oldies station that was just starting to play "Goodbye To Love".
What struck me was that the station used the SINGLES 1969-1973 version with the oboe opening. I'm quite sure I'd never heard that version on the air, and it was a nice change. Sure enough, the CD is track-indexed so the track begins with the lone oboe before Karen's first line.
While in Nagahama, Japan last week, I walked into a rock and jewelry shop to hear one Carpenters song after another: "Two Lives," Piano Picker," "A Kind of Hush," and others. Also, the major Japanese airline featured "Rainy Days and Mondays" in thier in-flight entertainment. Gotta love Japan.
Phoenix radio 99.9 seems to have K&R's "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" in heavy rotation right now. Also, Carol Of The Bells. Have heard both a lot. Still waiting for "Merry Christmas Darling". It will happen!
And "The CarpenterS Christmas Stuff" just keeps on comin'...! :bigsanta:
On the radio this time? It was "Christmas Time Is Here"...
--Which I remember being sung by a childrens' choir on the CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (& it even got played on the radio, along w/ that "boppin' piano theme" (Actually called "Linus and Lucy", by Vince Guaraldi), two separate times) & I remember Diane Krall singing it on the radio & just had to have it--& did on a 3-song Christmas Set, w/ "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" & "Jingle Bells"; it came in a 1999 calender, too...
W/ Only 18 Shopping (& WORKING!) Days Left! :santa:
Phoenix update...still playing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and now they've added Sleigh Ride and Do You Hear What I Hear
Still haven't played Merry Christmas Darling yet, my personal favorite (1978)
Sunset Station Hotel and Casino in Henderson, Nevada have We've Only Just Begun and Please Mr. Postman in their rotation (heard 'em twice...I was there a week). Too bad they don't have a Carpenters themed slot machine.
Caught the tail end of either "The Christmas Song" or "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" ("yoouuu...") on Cleveland's Majic 105.7. Though it's an oldies station, they never play the Carpenters during the year.
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