Today in Music History:
In 1997, Metallica came to a out of court agreement with a fan who claimed he lost his sense of smell after being dropped on his head by fans at one of their shows four years earlier.Fall has officially arrived on the rock. The rain has started and us folks on the Island have 4 to 5 months of rain to look forward to as winter comes and goes. As compensation for enduring tyhe wet rainy season, we don't have to endure chilling temperatures or any of that dreaded white stuff (snow, not blow). Nice gloomy gray days which isn't exactly conducive to the creative juices. When this weather starts homercat immediately thinks of The Carpenters as the song Rainy Days and Mondays starts playing in my brain. I immediately begin to feel better and meander over to the CD shelf and pluck a Carpenters disc and begin listening to some light, airy melodies.
The Carpenters stood in direct contrast with the excessive, gaudy pop/rock of the '70s; Karen Carpenter's calm, pretty voice was the most distinctive element of their music, mixing perfectly with the precise, lush arrangements provided by her brother Richard. The duo's sound drew more from pre-rock pop than rock & roll, but that didn't prevent the Carpenters from appealing to a variety of audiences, particularly Top 40, easy listening, and adult contemporary. Even appealing to a hard rocker like homercat. Listening to them today, the Carpenters music sounds better than it did thirty years ago and for some reason my spirits seem to lift even as Karen sings some of those sadder ones.
Sometimes I think it should be a law that everyone own at least one album by The Carpenters. I don't think any of us realized how good they were until these many years later. Whatever the case, sample a couple irresistible tunes as we march on towards the weekend festivities (work).