Friday, July 2, 2010

Childhood SAFE part II

7-2-10 reflective brain
Another "priceless treasure" in my childhood safe, which actually might be worth something to someone…. Is a blue piece of paper in which I had collected autographs in 1970. This was the first real concert I got to attend. I was in 8th grade I believe.... and I rode along with friend, Becky, and her older sisters over to Mason City on the campus of the community college. There we saw Jim Croce as opening act (he was new and just had his first hit record)…. And the main act was The Carpenters.

Afterwards, we hung around and I think I got every band member to sign, but I think I was missing maybe one. But you can see I did get Karen Carpenter's autograph on one side and her brother, Richard's on the other side.

I still love Karen Carpenter's voice, probably as my favorite voice of all time. Since I am trying to be in a cleaning-out mood, I'll take offers for this piece of music history!

PS: now you can see what I will be dealing with, when I really get into my basement cleaning project :(


  1. WOW! I LOVE the fact, I downloaded their 3 disc CD set of hits onto the hard drive in my car! :) I am impressed that you have your childhood memories...I'd almost bet my mom has my stuff - somewhere! Love reading about your past!

  2. PS: Comments over the next few days will be "on hold", I'll be trying to stay away from computers over holiday weekend... which begins NOW!

  3. I have always loved Karen Carpenter's voice. Last winter, I sang "Merry Christmas, Darling" at a recital, and several people said they swore I was channeling her...almost brought me to tears. I could only hope to sing like that...

  4. Laurie, that must have been a wonderful feeling... Love that song!
    PS: Hey everyone, go visit Laurie's blog, she is a musician... I belive I met through Kelly Rae.

  5. holy smokes- that is really cool! richard's handwriting is so pretty.
    and jim croce?!!

    both had such young, tragic endings...

  6. OMG! I love The Carpenters and especially Karen's voice. I've always loved singing along with her. I saw them at the Ohio State Fair when I was 16 and Mac Davis opened for them. I was crazy for him, too!

    'Only Yesterday' I checked out Karen's new biography called Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter by Randy L. Schmidt. Can't wait to start reading it.

  7. Or is it Kerri that is the singer I met through Kelley Rae class?