Sunday, March 22, 2009

Had not heard "Solitaire" in a long time!


A few days ago, I heard this one on the radio. I had not heard this tune in a long time. It is one of my very favorites from The Carpenters' repertoire.

Karen Carpenter died 26 years ago. She was only 32. I recall watching them on TV circa 1982 and she did not look good at all. Of course, no one knew what was going on in her life.

Karen' death made everyone aware of Anorexia, a condition that affects many young women!

Along with Richard, her brother, The Carpenters sold millions of records. They are one of the most popular brother-sister acts ever!

Karen is still my favorite female vocalist.

This is Neil Sedaka's "Solitaire", one of Karen's most beautiful vocal performances. How can anyone sing better than this?

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"There was a man A lonely man

Who lost his love Through his indifference

A heart that cared That went unshared

Until it died Within his silence

And solitaire's the only game in town

And every road that takes him Takes him down

And by himself it's easy to pretend

He'll never love again

And keeping to himself He plays the game

Without her love It always ends the same

While life goes on around him everywhere

He's playing solitaire

A little hope Goes up in smoke

Just how it goes Goes without saying

There was a man A lonely man

Who would command The hand he's playing...."

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