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Kristin Chenoweth Covers Merry Christmas Darling

CraigGA

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It’s certainly a compliment for her to choose and sing it. The sentences (phrases) are a little broken with the jazz style framing and to me loose the intent of their meaning. Guess I think the way Karen and Richard did it is still best. Karen had impeccable phrasing.
 

JohnFB

I was born to belong to the lines of a song...
It's a good, easy arrangement and orchestrated nicely - Chenoweth has a soft, sweet voice and can carry a tune and it's a heartfelt rendition - about what one would expect from any of a thousand and one amateurs on YT - would love to have heard what Marilyn McCoo would have done with this beautiful song...or Ella, or even Doris Day...
 

Mark-T

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I had heard she was a fan but don’t know much about her other than the Pushing Daisies show. Saw her on The Voice as a coach.

Speaking of that- someone just did Superstar, and no, not a mention of Karen or Richard.
 

Harry

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I'm never crazy about covers of "Merry Christmas Darling" for fear that on Christmas radio, some new rendition will end up replacing Karen and Richard's original. It's a long-shot, but I also have seen how radio operates. Some newer, hot, young singer will come along and do a new - and big hit - version of "Merry Christmas Darling" - and the programmers will have to acquiesce to all of the requests to play THAT version at Christmas time - and they'll end up giving Carpenters original version fewer spins due to repetition.

But Kristin does a decent job here. Back in 2004, she was supposed to be the opening act for a Corrs concert I was going to up in Boston, but another singer took her place. I never heard an explanation - nor much cared.
 

Proudofyou

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I can't listen to Chenoweth for more than 2 minutes until her sound starts to get on my nerves. I appreciate her range, but everything is else is too shrill. In my opinion, Karen's version is sacred and I don't think anyone should record it. Kind of joking, but mostly not.
 

Nick

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It's Kristin Chenoweth-y, but I like her, so to me it's another version. Karen is still Queen of Christmas music.
 

GDB2LV

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The only other version I’ve heard on the radio is by Vanessa Williams, and that was many years ago. Carpenters will always win out. It’s a true classic Christmas tradition.
 

goodjeans

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A quote from Kristen: "For example, as a young girl, Karen Carpenter was a huge influence on me, so of course I’m going to want to celebrate her on the next record. I think that I will celebrate her on Broadway as well.”

ELYSA GARDNER | NOVEMBER 5, 2019
Broadway Direct
 

Greg

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I thought I would dislike this, but it's actually very pretty. I like the sleepy jazzy arrangement.
 

JohnFB

I was born to belong to the lines of a song...
The only other version I’ve heard on the radio is by Vanessa Williams, and that was many years ago. Carpenters will always win out. It’s a true classic Christmas tradition.
Here's that version from YT, with this comment from Frank Pooler's wife: "I am Frank Pooler's wife. He was the lyricist for this song. Someone, tell Vanessa he LOVED this version of the song! So do I! Rhonda Sandberg-Pooler (4 years ago)

Lovely vocal, really tasteful accompaniment...


 
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GaryAlan

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About the only thing these covers of Merry Christmas Darling
do for me is to reinforce my belief that:
Karen's vocals were unparalleled and
Richard's arrangement can not be outdone.
 

JohnFB

I was born to belong to the lines of a song...
About the only thing these covers of Merry Christmas Darling
do for me is to reinforce my belief that:
Karen's vocals were unparalleled and
Richard's arrangement can not be outdone.
Well, yes, they do that - it's indisputable - and yet, the best of the "covers", whether professional or amateur, do provide a certain level of entertainment value and personal listening pleasure that can be enjoyed "in the moment" without the impossible comparison to a Karen vocal or a Richard arrangement.
 
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