Memories From Downey with love: The Carpenters – “Top Of The World” (the cold war era looked quite idyllic…but then most past memories are)


Such a feelin’s comin’ over me
There is wonder in most everything I see
Not a cloud in the sky
Got the sun in my eyes
And I won’t be surprised if it’s a dream

Everything I want the world to be
Is now coming true especially for me
And the reason is clear
It’s because you are here
You’re the nearest thing to heaven that I’ve seen

I’m on the top of the world lookin’ down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around
Your love’s put me at the top of the world

Something in the wind has learned my name
And it’s tellin’ me that things are not the same
In the leaves on the trees and the touch of the breeze
There’s a pleasin’ sense of happiness for me

There is only one wish on my mind
When this day is through I hope that I will find
That tomorrow will be just the same for you and me
All I need will be mine if you are here

I’m on the top of the world lookin’ down on creation
And the only explanation I can find
Is the love that I’ve found ever since you’ve been around
Your love’s put me at the top of the world

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Carpenters were both born at Grace-New Haven Hospital (now called Yale-New Haven Hospital) in New Haven, Connecticut, to parents Harold and Agnes.[12]Richard Lynn was born on October 15, 1946, and Karen Anne followed on March 2, 1950.[13] Richard was a quiet child who spent most of his time in the house listening to records and playing the piano.[14] Karen, on the other hand, was friendly and outgoing; she liked to play sports, including softball with the neighborhood kids, but she also spent a lot of time listening to music.[14]

In June 1963, the Carpenter family moved to the Los Angeles suburb of Downey, California.[10][15] In the fall of 1964, Richard enrolled at California State College at Long Beach where he met future songwriting partner John Bettis; Wesley Jacobs, a friend who played the bass and tuba for the Richard Carpenter Trio; and Frank Pooler, with whom Richard would collaborate to create the Christmas standard “Merry Christmas Darling” in 1966.[16]

That same fall, Karen enrolled at Downey High School, where she found she had a knack for playing the drums.[10][17]

Friend and fellow band member Frankie Chavez inspired Karen to play the drums. She would often borrow Chavez’s drum kit when he taught her. “She and Frankie … must have worked down the rudiments, the cadences, and the press-rolls for hours”, recalls Richard. When Karen finally got a Ludwig drum kit from her parents in late 1964, she was able to play it professionally, in what Richard had described in their documentary, Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters as “exotic time signatures”.[18][8]

 

 

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