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Burt would be OK, but Hal David might be a bit upset...
I thought it was "sprinkled moondust in your hair of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue"?
Just listened to Dionne Warwick's original, and it makes one appreciate what a difference Richard made to that line!The most amazing part of that line is the fact that they 'punched' their way through the words "in your hair" at odds with the rhythm of the rest of the line. Genius.
I also love that part - & also on that song... the second time we hear You are my heart and my soul... my inspiration...
I love harmonies onI've noticed over the years that there are short segments of Carpenters songs that I play over and over just because I like something about it. Maybe it’s the way Karen sings a word, forms a phrase, or shapes a note; maybe something about the arrangement grabs me and won’t let go. Whatever it is, I find myself listening to that portion of the song again and again, without playing the rest of it.
Let me give you a couple of examples. One of my favorites comes around the 2.45 mark of “Close to You" when Karen echoes herself and sings “just like me” in the background. There’s something about the timbre of that phrase that simply captivates me. I can play that part by itself ten times in a row and never tire of it. (The funny things is that I didn’t really notice it until I heard the official karaoke version of the song many years later. After that I was hooked.)
Another short section that I’ve played lots of times can be found near the end of “When it’s Gone (It’s Just Gone)”. Around the 4.26 mark, just before the song fades to a close, there are a series of six bell-like notes. I don’t know what instrument is playing them, but they always give me a sense of closure and resolution when I hear them. I don’t have the musical vocabulary to tell you why; I just know I feel that way. And whenever I play that song I typically play that part of it four or five times.
I could offer lots more examples, but I'm wondering if any of you have favorite snippets of Carpenters songs that you return to and play repeatedly. Or am I the only weird one?
on that same medley on make it easy on yourself - when Karen sings, "If the way I hold you can't compare with her caress... and Richard says "Caress"..." No words of consolation will make me miss you less......." - man - that's fireworks for me...I love harmonies on
Bacharach David medley on tan album. Richards arrangements are amazing. Live versions of the medley in Australia I like at the end when after 'San jose' they add "go while the going is good, walk on by walk on by walk on by." Then finish. Well put together. Everything they did was amazing. I've loved them since I was 8. 43 now
Good old dreams : bacground harmonies "I've dreamed of you" after Karen's "all my life I've dreamed of you"
1982 knowing when to leave music music music medley: karen sings "just like a fool i dont know" then she sings "when" and then the harmonies in back echo her with a big "when" which joins her main vocal completing the phrase "to leave." Beautiful.
just as listeners love Karen's voice, I was intrigued with the harmonies and getting a kick in hearing her in the backgrounds with Richard. I love their music
I enjoy reading your perceptions of songs as a newer fan. You pick up on the same things that some of us did back in the 70's. Nice to know there are still people interested and feeling the music like we did.
This entire song.
If I had to be particular, though:
The melody! Crystal Lullaby almost echoes this piece, with its light piano work and elegant string sweeps.
I absolutely love the overdubs where they change tone and sing "Few are the choices we are given" -- especially the second time. It almost sounds like a hymn. Then right after, Richard sings "Few the choices we are given".
The backing vocals while Karen sings "now I can't help but believe, that my whole life will be...". They go "ooooo-ooohhhh...whole life will beeeee-eeee". Gorgeous -- especially if you're wearing headphones -- this stuff just jumps right out at you.
I hadn't played "Hideaway" in a few years and revisited it this weekend. I, too, was captivated by that particular part. The harmonies are so sweet. I played it over and over.(A Place To) Hideaway when Karen sings "I saved my pennies for a rainy day" and then in the background Karen shadows herself with "Saved them for a rainy day".......... it's that background vocal that I could put on repeat all day long!
Tony, we are twins, separated at birth!
I also sometimes play - yes, 10 times in a row - those moments in the second verse where it all comes together. Sublime, and as you say, absolutely exquisite.
Such a gentle song, yet Richard's arrangement still finds its climax (as good as one will find in any classical music, this being to my ears so reminiscent of a Bach cantata) in the line
"...o-o-nly t-i-i-i-i-ME W-I-I-L-L TELL US so-o-o-o-o....."
in what is an almost serendipitous coming together of 4 separate rhythms :
(i) Karen's phrasing of the lyric and (ii) Joe Osbourne's bass line, both floating over (iii) a gentle bossa nova drumbeat -more like a heartbeat - and (iv) the chiming-in of harmonies at that moment in double time.
Whether by accident or design, the way those beats fell, Richard must have been pinching himself!
Chris, for those of us who, like me, lack a musical vocabulary, could you give a couple of concrete examples of Karen's phrasing using "triplets"?Karen naturally phrased using a lot of "triplets" and such. Richard enjoyed them as well and wrote them into certain rhythmic patterns and orchestration. This came from their jazz background primarily.
Chris, for those of us who, like me, lack a musical vocabulary, could you give a couple of concrete examples of Karen's phrasing using "triplets"?