notmypresident: (Karen Carpenter)
The local PBS station is once again rebroadcasting the "Close To You: Remembering The Carpenters" documentary. It feels as if PBS reruns the show every chance they get. And every time I channel surf and come across it, I find myself once again sitting back to watch it. Last night must have been the 20th time, but I can't help it. Once I hear Karen's magnificent voice, I'm hooked.

The show always evokes strong memories in me, chief of which was being lucky enough to have actually seen Karen and Richard perform. It was in 1972, I believe — the show is surprisingly absent from internet lists of Carpenters concerts. Karen was still playing the drums, and singing from her position there (though she was brought to center stage for a few numbers). I remember much of the show even today, this being my first arena concert. It was also memorable for taking place on a rainy Tuesday night because Karen jokingly changed "Rainy Days and Mondays" to (of course) "Rainy Days and Tuesdays."

When I woke up this morning, I called my dad to tell him how much that concert has meant to me. We lived on the Air Force base in Clovis, New Mexico at the time, so he had to drive my sister and I 90 miles both to and from Amarillo, Texas to see the show. Dad laughed at my memories, since he has only a dim recollection of taking us all that way.

Now for Another Hot Guy.