“Close to You” & “We’ve Only Just Begun”

These two songs are simply sublime.

Let the lyrics talk for themselves:

 

Close to You

 

 Why do birds Suddenly appear?

Everytime you are near

Just like me

They long to be

Close to you

Why do stars

Fall down from the sky?

Everytime you walk by

Just like me

They long to be

Close to you

On the day that you were born

The angels got together and decided

To create a dream come true

So they sprinkled moondust in your hair

Of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue

That is why all the boys in town

Follow you all around

Just like me

They long to be

Close to you

Just like me

They long to be

Close to you

 

We’ve Only Just Begun

 

 We’ve only just begun to live

White lace and promises

A kiss for luck and we’re on our way

We’ve only begun

Before the rising sun we fly

So many roads to choose

We start our walking

And learn to run

And yes! We’ve just begun

Sharin’ horizons that are new to us

Watchin’ the signs along the way

Talkin’ it over just the two of us

Workin’ together day to day, together

And when the evening comes we smile

So much of life ahead

We’ll find a place where there’s room to grow

And yes! We’ve just begun

Sharin’ horizons that are new to us

Watchin’ the signs along the way

Talkin’ it over just the two of us

Workin’ together day to day, together, together

And when the evening comes we smile

So much of life ahead

We’ll find a place where there’s room to grow

And yes! We’ve just begun

 

 

But why do I mention these songs together?

Well, let’s just say that this entry could also be called "How Karen & Richard changed music with Herb & Jerry, Burt & Hal, and Paul & Roger".

To me, each one of these poem-songs does not exist just by itself, but as the magical incarnation played by Karen and Richard Carpenter.

In my mind, I cannot distill the lyrics from Karen’s celestial voice or from Richard’s wonderful arrangements.

The songs and Karen and Richard’s interpretation form a unit, a tight unit indeed.

There is a cute little story behind how all this came to be.

In 1969, Karen and Richard were just a couple of would-be musicians, hoping for the change to be "discovered".

That change occured when a demo tape of the brothers bumped into Herb Alpert’s office, one of the owner-managers of the famous record label A&M (The founders of A&M were Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, thus the name of the label).

The choice of songs in the tape was not very addecuate, but Herb "saw" much beyond that small inconvenience: thank God Herb was no Simon Cowell!

In no time at all, Herb and Jerry offered Karen and Richard a contract, which had to be co-signed by their parents too, because Karen, being 19 years old at the time, was under-age.

At the time, A&M had also under contract an incredible cast of singers, groups and composers.

Among the greater composers under their tenure, there were two pairs of composer/songwriter that were just remarcable: Burt Bacharach and Hal David, and Paul Williams and Roger Nichols.

 They produced songs that seem like they were meant to be sung by Karen’s unique voice.

All this happened thanks to the collaborative work of these four pairs of amazing talents: Herb & Jerry, Karen & Richard, Paul & Roger, and Burt & Hal.

But the original compositions were not really meant for Karen & Richard.

In fact, Paul and Roger wrote "We’ve Only Just Begun" for a TV Ad for a bank.

That is why that song is so short!

 

Estas dos canciones son simplemente sublimes.

Dejemos que las letras hablen por sí mismas (ver más arriba)

 

Pero por qué menciono estas canciones juntas?

Bueno, digamos que esta entrada también podría llamarse "Como Karen y Richard cambiaron la música con Herb y Jerry, Burt y Hal, y Paul y Roger".

Para mi, cada una de estos poema-canción no existe en si mismo, sino como la mágica encarnación interpretada por Karen y Richard Carpenter.

En mi mente, no puedo destilar las letras de la celestial voz de Karen ni de los fabulosos arreglos de Richard.

Las canciones y la interpretación de Karen y Richard forman una unidad, una unidad muy compacta por cierto.

Hay una muy linda y pequeña historia detrás de como todo esto llegó a ocurrir.

En 1969, Karen y Richard eran tan solo un par de aspirantes a músicos, con la esperanza de tener la chance de ser "descubiertos".

Esa chance se presentó cuando una cinta demo de ellos llegó al escritorio de Herb Alpert, uno de los dueños-gerentes del famoso sello A&M. (Los fundadores de A&M eran Herb Alpert y Jerry Moss, de ahí el nombre del sello).

La selección de canciones no era muy adecuada, pero Herb "vio" mucho más allá de ese pequeño inconveniente: gracias a Dios Herb no era ningún Simon Cowell!

Prontamente, Herb y Jerry les ofrecieron a Karen y Richard un contrato, el cual debió ser co-firmado por sus padres, dado que Karen tenia entonces 19 años de edad y era menor de edad.

En aquella época, A&M también tenía bajo contrato un increíble reparto de cantantes, grupos y compositores.

Entre los mejores compositores bajo su tutela, había dos parejas de compositor/letrista particularmente destacados: Burt Bacharach y Hal David, y Paul Williams y Roger Nichols.

Ellos compusieron canciones que parecían ser creadas para ser cantadas por la voz única de Karen.

Todo esto ocurrió gracias al trabajo colaborativo de estas cuatro parejas de sorprendentes talentos: Herb & Jerry, Karen & Richard, Paul & Roger, y Burt & Hal.

Pero las composiciones originales no fueron creadas en principio para Karen y Richard.

De hecho, Paul y Roger compusieron "We’ve Only Just Begun" para un aviso publicitario de TV de un banco.

Por eso esa canción es tan corta!

 

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