Before I head off to LA for the upcoming 50th Anniversary event, I’m spending a week in New York and one of the things I’ve always wanted to do is see a baseball game. Anyway, I’ve booked to see the Yankees play at home and to get in the mood, I’m watching a movie I’ve never seen before called A League Of Their Own from 1992 and the theme tune really struck a chord with me. It’s not smash hit material but it’s a lovely song by Carole King and I can somehow hear Karen singing it. To top that, I’ve just realised the cast includes Madonna and her song This Used To Be My Playground is also the theme song for the movie. Madonna donated the royalties from that single to The Karen A. Carpenter Memorial Foundation (as it was known then).
This Used to Be My Playground - Wikipedia
A League Of Their Own is one of my favourite films. As a child, I was a huge Madonna fan (I actually first took an interest in the Carpenters because of her, but that’s a whole other story) and I used to watch it all the time.
This Used To Be My Playground is a really nice song - one of M’s best ballads IMO. I’d forgotten she donated the profits to the charity.
That aside, Carole King has an excellent voice. I really like her.