Thursday, January 14, 2016

Song of the Day: 'Touch Me When We're Dancing' by the Carpenters

Carpenters biographer Randy Schmidt notes:
It's not often in the Carpenters fan world that something "new" comes along . . . We've heard it all, read it all, seen it all. But this video has just surfaced over the past few days and is pretty important. It's likely to be one of the last "live" vocal performances Karen gave. If you can look past the awful, over-sized outfit and horrible perm, there's a beautiful delivery of the duo's last Top 20 hit, "Touch Me When We're Dancing." They were almost always lipsynching their TV appearances, so it's extra special that the vocals are live (over the pre-recorded "media mix" track).
I watch this and just want to cry looking at Karen's hollow eyes and sunken cheeks, thinking back to that day in February 1983 when news came on the television that she had died of anorexia nervosa, a disease we barely knew existed. I don't know if there's a heaven, but this woman had the voice of an angel.

1 comment:

Bob K said...

Yes, she looks cadaverous -- and her Gay brother, who was the mastermind of the whole thing, did not know about the disease, and could not save her. SAD.