28 February 2010
23 February 2010
22 February 2010
"You will stay with us, Becker," Auntie B. said with a promise to buy me new clothes from Baby Gap (which is my favorite). "And Mr. B. will stay with Papa B. and Momy C."
I agreed to the arrangement because I like to go around the city in the big, red shiny car so it won't be too hot.
"Will I have access to computer, Auntie B.?" I asked because being nominated this year for the Best Pop Culture Blog is a big thing for me and I don't want to disappoint my readers by not updating as often as I can. She said yes and we were on our way.
Thinking back now, Mr. B. and I staying in different parts of the city offered us different experiences. Mr. B. saw a lot of the old world - places, food and people he knew as a child; while I got to explore a newer world.
"The world moved on without me." Mr. B. declared as we both lie tired and exhausted from the week-long trip.
"Would you have wished it didn't?" I asked him.
"No. Not really. Maybe just not that fast. Slower maybe." his answer confuses me.
Our trip brought back a lot of memories for Mr. B. while I busy myself having frozen yogurt and shopping. On my last night, I remembered looking at my human cousins. They've all grown taller now. One day they may not like me anymore. Then I thought, perhaps my world moved without me too.
12 February 2010
06 February 2010
27 years ago on 4 February, Karen Anne suddenly suffered a heart failure in her parents' house. She was brought to the hospital but pronounced dead 20 minutes later. The cause - complications due to eating disorder. She was just 32. Her full name - Karen Anne Carpenter.
Together with her brother Richard, the Carpenters sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide, which is quite a feat if you consider this was way before the age of downloads and pirated copies.
Aside from their distinctively soft musical style and beautiful ballads, the main reason why this duo is well-loved is of course Karen's soothing deep alto voice. There was just no comparison in the richness of her lower register and she used that to her advantage.
One of the Carpenter's most memorable song is Goodbye To Love. At the time, it was heavily criticize for infusing fuzz guitar in the middle of the song, something never ever done before in a love ballad. Many of the Carpenter fans were not happy about this. Even radio stations refused to play this song, which is the reason why it never became a number one hit. Mr. B. also mentioned to me that there are passages in the song where Karen sang long verses without stopping to breathe! Looking back now, one can really appreciate the uniqueness of this creation, thanks to the wonderful vision of brother Richard.
27 years on and a whole new generation may still be listening to Top of the World or singing every sha-la-la-la. I think Karen Carpenter is one of the greatest humans who ever lived because of her unique gift and the generations of people she influenced with her music.
The world will never forget Karen Carpenter.
Video : Goodbye to Love by The Carpenters