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Monday, April 26

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I listened to the Carpenters songs all weekend. I could listen to Karen Carpenter sing simply forever. I wish she could have beaten her anorexia as I beat mine.

Funny, at the time they were popular, I had no use fer their music, or any music, really, having been brought up so very strictly by parents who greatly disapproved of any but select classical composers. I couldn't even listen to "that peasant Tchaikovsky," and when I dared to wish to listen to pop music I was severely punished and mocked. It was a miserable existence, lil' donkey frens! If I ever have to listen to the "Water Music Suite" again I'll go drown myself in the horse trough.

Now I adore Karen's voice. But how very sad to hear her sing "and when my life is over, remember when we were together..."

Jolly Time "Marshmeller Treat" popcorn package giveaway going on! Leave any comment to enter! Yes, I'm going back to my old bad habits and am going to try to win my own giveaway again, bwah-ha-ha. Hasn't worked yet but there's always a CHANCE I might win somethin'.


Not enough people in this world are happy.
   ~Karen Carpenter

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Something fer my bloggie frens. Right-click to save this image from the 1940's. I'm going to put it on my sidebar with "I Like My Bloggie Frens" as the caption fer awhile, but I think it would make a cute tag, too.

25 bloggie frens have visited the Comment Corral:

  • Julia

    So sad about Karen C. Her voice was so pure and simple and beautiful. She never was "trying" and her voice just came out like that totally unaffected.

    About the classical... I must dose my kids a few times a week for good measure but still play the pop station too.

    Today I asked Ella what she wanted to hear and she said, "Vee-vall-tee." Yep she's requesting Vivaldi!!! :)

  • Mary at Deep South Dish

    I grew up with parents who liked twangy country music and it grates my nerves something fierce to this day, though I like the newer contemporary country fine. When I was working in the 'world of lawyers' I always listened to classical music when I was writing. It was the only way I could keep my mind clear and creative.

  • Cinner

    Hi Holly, love the picture today. I also liked Karen Carpenter, I loved the movie about her and her brother. So glad you beat your anorexia. Don't enter me for the giveaway, I just wanted to pop in and say hi. take care.

  • Anvilcloud

    When I hear current music, I think that all of the good songs have already been written and sung.

  • Carmen C.

    I love the Carpenters' music, her voice was that of an angel:) I'm so glad you have overcome your childhood and are now such a wonderful, loving gal! I still struggle with issues from mine, but all things considered I think I turned out *OK*, I love the graphic, that could be you & me as children with no adults around!

  • GrandmaK

    I do so enjoy the Carpenters...and the pics are just darling!!! Thank you!!! Cathy

  • Dawn

    Love the graphic. The use of white is so interesting. My body image issues led me to the other end of the scale and I'm just now starting to get a grip. I have to, I'm starting to suffer the health problems that come with too much sugar, salt and fat! I'm so proud of you for surviving it and sharing it!

  • Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage

    Well, congratulations to Faith on winning the rose water! I love Karen Carpenter's singing and always will. She was amazing! The graphic of the two little tots is adorable! Thanks for sharing and have a dandy day.


  • sallypaper

    Hi Holly! Those pics sure are cute. I too like The Carpenters. "Rainy days and Mondays always get me down..." What a waste of a beautiful life and voice. I'm glad you kicked your anorexia. What would we do without you!?! That was alittle kissing up for popcorn. Smiles. Sally

  • Holly, the Old Western Gal

    Hi frens!

    Hi self! Being very bad and gettin' my name into the drawing...tee hee...

    I wish Julia knew how just SEEING the name Vivaldi makes my blood pressure shoot up dangerously...dang...

  • Nydia

    Holly, I'm so ignorant about so many things, and classical music ins just one of them... Alas!

    I love Karen's vice too, I remember when I was a child and there was a movie about buffalos hunt, I guess, and the song was in my mind forever, I can't remember the title, but the line, "bless the beasts and the children", which brings a knot to my throat.

    Kisses and much love from us.

  • Ms Sparrow

    I feel sorry for the little girl that was Holly.
    How cruel to withhold contemporary music from your world! I once took a college class on music appreciation. The class was so intense that I called it Music Depreciation. I literally couldn't listen to classical music for a long time afterward.

  • Dani

    We listened to all types of music growing Karen dad loved country, 40s big bands, Bing Crosby (he was their paperboy as a boy),pop (remember Green Onions?) I didn't discover classical until high school...and do like the Water Music..but well understand your feelings...psst..I am a Mozart fan..
    Alan's and my song is "Close to You", Karen Carpenter..he would sing it to me..sweet guy

  • Linda

    Holly so glad you have beat your anorexia. Karen Carpenter had such a gift...a voice that lingers in your mind. So glad she shared it with us. Love you trying to win your own giveaway! Cracks me up.

  • Amrita

    Hi Holly, this is a second time I am writing a comment. The puter wiped wiped it out so here is a redux

    h your folks were really old fashioned.

    We were allowed all kinds of music. I being the most musical, played several instruments.

    We did not have a record player, so it was the radio for me. We got our tiny tape player when I was in HS, but not many tapes available.

    I used to listen to classical music, like it a lot. I 've grown out of Country Music USA on Voice of America, ha-ha.

  • Baggaraggs:

    Hi Holly,

    I love the idea that you have entered yourself in your own giveaway! That makes me giggle. I like some of the music that we had growing up better now too...for some reason I think Journey is the greatest. Classical is lovely but sometimes my energy gets lifted by something POP. Thanks for the giveaway. Maybe I should have one on my blog too. HUGs, Robin

  • Debra

    I am so sorry that you have sufferd through anorexia in the past- sure glad it is over- I can't imagine being forced to listen to classical music- I am glad that you have ocercome all of the un pleasantness in you life= you are such a dear sweet person! and the best friend one could have!
    Very cute graphics today!!!

  • Tabitha@ichoosebliss

    I'm so joyful you beat anorexia!! I love the Carpenters!! My cousins who are my age laugh at me because they say I have the soul of a grandma..I love that about myself!!

  • Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug}

    I was always a Carpenters fan too :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

  • ^..^Corgidogmama

    Living with rigid, highly opinionated folks is exhausting and murder on one's soul and spirit.
    Thank heavens you survived those years, and got out at an early age!
    The mellowness, and ease of Karen C's voice has never been duplicated, have you ever noticed that? She truly was, one of a kind. Her voice would have gotten richer with age, too bad that we all lost out on that treasure.
    Your graphics today are very sweet. I too like the creamy white outline.
    You take care of yourself, and let us know if you plan a move to SA, will ya?
    Oh, enter yourself in my place for the popcorn doll, will ya?
    Huggie poos from the corgi kids, I know you won't take 'em otherwise!

  • Nydia

    arght, now i see I typed "Karen's vice" instead of "voice"...

  • Brenda Leyland

    Haven't been visiting for abit.... been busy off-line. But I had to come and see what you're up to and to enjoy the lovely graphics and photos you've been posting.

    I always felt a pang on the inside for Karen C. to think that she felt she couldn't find a way free. She had such a gorgeous voice.

  • Marie

    I always loved the music of Karen Carpenter, still do. It was such a shame that she ended the way she did. Just goes to show that money and fame does not equate happiness. That popcorn however, sounds delicious! I could go for some of that and I love the graphics too!

  • Bernie

    My favorite christmas ablum of all time is by the Carpenters....I think Karen Carpenter had the purest voice with perfect pitch than any singer I have ever heard.....I absolutely loved them and still remember the day I heard she had passed away.......:-) Hugs

  • Birgit

    Okay, Holly -- let's try something else... If this comment happens to win, please keep the popcorn for yourself and just imagine that I am sitting next to you sharing the treat, okay? That's a tiny attempt at giving you back the kindness you share so freely with others! :)

    Greetings from Munich,

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