I can still see myself with big headphones, leaning and sitting against the wall, hidden between the organ and our bookshelf which held our record player and 8-Track. I was 15 and having a hard time with life. I was gangly, geeky and didn't have a lot of friends although I could be very friendly and outgoing. As an Indigenous person in a non Indigenous community (I was adopted into a white home when I was 6 to move me out of a bad situation into a worse situation within my adopted home. We kept silent...music was MY ESCAPE)...and I remember first listening to the 8-Track of The Singles 1969-1973 with a tiny photo on the back, of two long haired men LOL (it was Karen and Richard but the photo was tiny on the back of the 8-Track) but the music that came out was melancholy and beautiful to me....Ticket To Ride, Rainy Days...Superstar....Yesterday Once More....Goodbye to Love. Although I don't really care for Goodbye to Love now....back then I could so relate to it....the part of "No one ever cared if I should live or die..." Her voice kind of summed up how I was feeling, being happy on the outside but struggling deeply on the inside. That is why I really love the next albums I heard Voice of the Heart and A Kind of Hush...just beautiful singing that pierced my soul....and then I bought in Sept 1988 the Close To You lp and loved it. My fave tracks were Maybe It's You, Baby It's You, Crescent Noon and Another Song....the following Aug I was visiting Winnipeg (our dad was removed from the adopted home for an investigation which saw him eventually jailed and our adopted mother moved us kids to Saskatchewan)I had bought the lp CARPENTERS 1971 tan album and I could relate to the sad songs One Love and A Place to Hideay...my sister in Winnipeg who had been placed in a foster home came to visit me and we talked and cried all night long listening to the CARPENTERS tan album....ha ha ha...we were pretty emotional talking about our childhood and subsequent adoption....about 1992 I finally bought my least fave Carpenters albums A Song For You, Ticket To Ride, Horizon and Passage....although of those 4, Horizon would be the one I enjoyed the most. I enjoyed Now and Then which I bought in a tape bin at Zeller's for about 3 or 4 dollars (in 1988 money).....so for me, I really relate to her sadder songs....but I also enjoy songs about hope too!