What’s your favorite Carpenter’s song?
Mine are “Superstar”, and “Good-Bye to Love”.
The first was co-written by Leon Russell (dang, he was good!), and Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney and Bonnie fame. It was recorded by everyone from Peggy Lee to Rita Coolidge, Joe C*cker, Bette Midler, Cher, Chrissy Hynde, The Motels, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, and Megurine Luka (a vocaloid!). I heard it was actually performed in Wayne’s World 2, now I gotta watch that movie!
And, I couldn’t believe it, Richard Carpenter co-wrote “Good-Bye to Love”. AND arranged it. What a friggin’ amazing first few bars. I guess he was extremely talented. The guitar solo is great, but apparently to some guitarists of the era, it was universe-changing. And on my bucket list is to sit down and figure out the last chord. Wow. Final tidbit on Superstar - Karen Carpenter reportedly recorded it in one friggin’ take. Like Patsy Cline did on Willy Nelson’s “Crazy”. When I hear things like that I shed tears in appreciation of the beauty of the universe.
FInal bit: Karen Carpenter said Superstar, Rainy Days and Mondays, and “I Need to Be in Love” were the ones most emotionally difficult to sing. I can’t place the last one, I’m going to have to dig it up.
But these two - Goodbye to Love, and Superstar, are actually two of my favorite songs ever (though I do seek death metal radio stations in every city I visit, go figure!).