Top of the World

Day eight of my February Music Challenge: A song that reminds you of your mother (or another loved one)

All I need will be mine if you are here…
-Carpenters, “Top of the World”

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, my love and appreciation for music comes from my parents. While my dad played more Motown / upbeat tunes, my mom favored the big band / easy listening artists such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Eydie Gorme, or Etta James. To this day, she still blasts this music throughout the house while cleaning or during a long drive. I can see why; the music she grew up listening to compared to what is played on the radio now, is incredibly relaxing.

Among my mom’s favorite artists, I remember hearing music of the Carpenters the most. I can still recall memories of her belting out “Top of the World” word-for-word as she completed Sunday cleaning. Surprisingly, she always sang in tune, despite her saying that she didn’t have the greatest voice.

Personally, I think Karen Carpenter had (still has) one of the most beautiful singing voices I’ve ever heard. Anything from her diction to her control and tone showcase an incredible talent that cannot simply be duplicated. Not only that, but the harmonies she shared with her brother, Richard, created musical perfection and was one of their greatest strengths. Musicians today, take note and find inspiration in past music..they influence your favorite artists more than you think.


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