A solemn anniversary will soon be upon us, though there will be no media mention of its passing. Perhaps a few whispered refrains of sadness and memories between old friends will mark the occasion, perhaps. February 4, 2013 will mark the thirtieth anniversary of the passing of Karen Carpenter. Karen, for those too young to remember, was the lead singer and body and soul of the performing duo CARPENTERS. The duo reigned supreme over the pop music culture for more than a decade, reaching millions of fans throughout the world. One fan found her to have the finest voice to have ever been heard. Perhaps bias, and perhaps overstated, but to me this is the only means to describe Karen's talent and the voice she shared with us. I never met Karen, though we both attended Cal State Long Beach, but she has remained a part of my life for the past forty years. She defined music's possibilities to transcend time and space. She reached out to me through the years to remind me of a time I thought all dreams were possible, and love was possible for everyone. Though love is rare and uncertain, Karen's voice defies the reality in which we live, and brings solace to those who never experienced the things of which she sang. February 4, 1983...the day the music died, but we remember and smile!
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