Musical Monday Special Edition ~ Remembering Karen Carpenter


Karen Carpenter
March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983

Karen Carpenter and her brother, Richard, formed the duo The Carpenters during the 1970’s.  Karen’s voice has been one of my favorites since the first time I heard her sing, Close To You.  Not only was she an extremely talented singer but she played a mean drum as well.  Karen struggled with anorexia, an eating disorder, for many years.  She died from heart failure most likely caused by anorexia at the age of 32.

Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter  is a book about this remarkable woman.
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Music By Karen Carpenter (The Carpenters)

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  1. Anorexia is such a dreadful disease. It kills more people ( usually girls and women) than depression. I find that fact astonishing. Nice to remember Karen Carpenter. Lovely voice.

      • I think also that anorexia has it’s roots as a mechanism to cope with stress. The person can stop worrying about everything else and just focus on not eating. I know it sounds weird but someone in my immediate family struggled with it and I went to a support group for friends and family of people with eating disorders and through that read several books about it which really opened my eyes to how complex the causes of the disease are.

  2. I watched a show about her life. It was so sad how such a talented person was criticized for not being thin enough. Consequently she struggled to keep her weight down and paid the price with her life.

    • Women need to be seen in a positive way no matter how their body looks. I blame social media and those looking to make a buck off someone for illnesses such as anorexia.

  3. Karen had a voice that called to you, like she was singing to you alone about you. I was a kid listening to her and wondering how she knew my thoughts. I wish we knew more about eating disorders at the time. As I write this I hear, “Why do birds suddenly appear, every time you are near….”

  4. Karen and her brother were such a great team. Her voice was so unique; she could sing anything and add her own touch.

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