Hive Open Mic #120 - My Happiness - Top of the World (The Carpenters)

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Hello, my Hiver friends!

My Happiness

This duo is possibly not the most obvious choice for this week's theme "My Happiness".
Most of their songs had been about sadness, lost love, unhappy relationships and such like, however, there are also some happier ones, my choice included.

The Carpenters

I must say, hearing Karen Carpenters voice always makes me happy, no matter the song's subject matter, as it's one of the most beautiful voices ever to have existed, well,in my humble opinion anyhow.. 😊
She had incredible stamina in holding very long notes, mostly noted in "I say Goodbye to Love", one of my favourite tunes!

Karen manages to sing through this bit at the beginning on one breath without sounding strained:
"..Time and time again the chance for love has passed me by and all I know of love is how to live without it..."
Try it for yourself! It sure is quite a challenge even without singing it! 😀

I also love the wonderful guitar solo played by their friend and band member, Tony Peluso.
Give it a listen on YouTube if you find the time..

The music of the Carpenters has been considered corny in the past, but even if it's not to some peoples's taste, there is no doubt, that they were an excellent team, with Richard being a brilliant musician and arranger, and Karen not only a singer, but a brilliant drummer too!

She actually started off as such, before taking on the main role as the duo's singer. I believe she played the drums on their earlier recordings, and even electric bass. Truly talented!

Karen seemed a very loveable and cheerful person, funny and entertaining! It was a great loss when she died far too young at the age of 32 of Anorexia, an illness not much recognised at the time.

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Top of the World

This is probably one of the first of their songs I got to know. It sure is a catchy one, light and airy and, well, happy.

The lyrics are quite wonderful; I find especially the second and third verses beautiful, "..the wind has learned my name..", "..the touch of a breeze..". Simply poetic words!

I have recorded this with some extra layers of my voice, Carpenters style.. 🤗

Enough said.. I hope, this is to your liking and it makes you happy as it has me.. 😄
Thank you, my friends, for listening! 😀

Lyrics

Such a feelin's comin' over me
There is wonder in most every thing 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 comin' 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 pleasing 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..
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Dear friend, I am happy to agree with your video. This band is not from my era, but as if it were, I really like their songs and they have a lot of meaning for me, including this one. I think it's great that you cover The Carpenters, it goes very well with your signature sound. Applause, hugs and good vibes to you...

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Thank you, Jesús!
Not really my era either, but I heard some of their stuff on the radio when I was a kid in Germany. I've only discovered them much later when I moved over to the UK. Just splendid artists!
However, as you consider this my signature sound, I believe it's time to move on.. 😄
So far I've been trying to match the theme, which isn't always easy. However, in future I might not necessarily do that, but rather do where my heart takes me.. 😉

Thank you for all your hard work, you and the whole team are a real inspiration to us foot folk! 😍

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I really do not know this band but I do know because of you, I really liked the song and you play so well. This was very comforting to watch, a lovely entry my friend

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Thank you so much for your comments!
That's so lovely that you enjoyed it; I see, that you are quite a singer yourself! 😉👍

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This is a beautiful song and a beautiful interpretation on your part dear Anna, you have made our night with this excellent work, you are an example to follow. We send you a hug!

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Omar y Dina, my dear friends!
That's so lovely of you to say, thank you! 🙏
Hope, you two are keeping well!
Sending you hugs backs!

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What a beautiful interpretation! It's the first time I've listened to you and I'm really glad I did. I love this kind of songs and your work with voice and guitar are very good. You have a very nice attitude. I send you a hug, honey 🙌🤗

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Hello there! And thank you so, so much for your words!
Very nice to meet you!
I'm also listening to you now! Looks like you like Abba too!
Thank you for stopping by! That's brilliant!

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This is a cool performance, I liked your song and your interpretation 👏👏 I'm not into bands, but this song is great!

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Thank you so much, I'm very glad you like it! 😀
Thanks for stopping by!

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First of all let me congratulate you for the way you play your instrument, it fascinated me as well as your voice.

I confess that I recently started my lessons to learn to play the guitar and now I watch very carefully the way others play hehehehe.

Your voice is beautiful, congratulations. Thank you for this beautiful piece of music 😍!!!

Blessings

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That's brilliant! It's fabulous you're starting to learn it!
You'll get so much out of it; it feels more of a rounded performance when you play an instrument. Keep it up and I'm looking forward to you playing your first song here! 😀
Thank you for your lovely comments! 😍

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They were very accomplished musicians indeed! Lovely version

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Thank you so much! 🙏
I was beginning to think, I'm the only one who knows them, let alone likes them.. 😄

Danke, Meister Baum! You made my day! 🙃

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Hehe, nah. My missus is quite the fan and I hear many a Carpenters trying throughout the day! :0)

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Haha, I like your missus! Say "hi"..
It's a girl's thing for sure! 😄

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I really like the sound of that little guitar Anke. It's got a lovely bright tone,
and as always, you have performed a great interpretation of the song. It's one of my favourite Carpenter songs. You're right about them not generally singing about happy things though so I don't tend to sing their music. I have no idea how Karen Carpenter played the drums and sang so beautifully at the same time.

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Thank you, Barbara! 😍
Yes, I really love it now.. Think it's also the stronger strings that help, but they need some getting used to.. 😄

I think, I will do one of the sad ones one day, they are simply beautiful; we just have to get the tissues out..
No idea, how she did it, I can't even hold a beat through a song without feeling that I'm getting epileptic seizures.. 😂

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An emblematic song by an emblematic band. Your cover was wonderful, you have a great voice, I like the way you play the guitar, this one in particular has a brilliant sound that I loved.

Great job!

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Oh, thank you so much!
Funny enough am I still learning to get better playing the guitar..
Picky bits are fairly new to me.. so hiccups are a normal occurrence.. lol
So glad, you like it! 🙏

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Absolutely love this Anke! I haven't heard this tune in a while! the Carpenters are great :) another brilliant cover! Had me singing along the whole time!!! :D

Hope you're having a great weekend :)

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Hey, thank you, my friend!
That's great that you like it, I like it too and I'm glad I picked it up again for the theme, but I really need to move away from the cheesy stuff.
People start thinking, that's all I do.. 😂
I'm having a great week indeed..
Off work and all the time to try some stuff.. hehe
Hope, yours is good too!
I'm following you on Spotify now! 🤗👍🎶🎸

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Some of the cheesy stuff is fun though ;) haha! You always do a great cover!
Do you ever write your own music? Your acoustic sounds great by the way! I'm playing a cheap $40 acoustic I got in China years ago haha - it's stood the test of time when travelling! I do have a nice Tanglewood... but, it's in storage on the other side of the world!

Ah sweet! Thanks so awesome! Thank you for following on Spotify and listening to my tunes! :)

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Haha, yeah, good fun from time to time!
I have been told, I should try writing, but up to now I couldn't get myself to do that.. but I feel something's coming up.. lol
I totally love your songs! You are so talented! Keep it up!!

That's a good guitar for travelling and if it's sounds good, then there's nothing wrong with that!
Glad you like mine! It's another version of my Taylor GS Mini, that I normally use, but this is the Koa version.. and it came with 13s on it, so I guess, that all adds to the sound, but I wouldn't really know, until people tell me.. haha
My little fingers sure feel the harder strings though, and after some debating I decided to go back to 11s, easier for picking on an acoustic..

What gauge do you use, just out of interest? I suppose, electric is a totally different thing, but on your acoustic?

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You can do it! :) I thought for many years that I couldn't write my own songs etc and now love trying to write new things! Ah thank you so much, so great to hear you enjoy my tunes!

Oh sweet! Using 13s is hardcore ;) ...for me anyway haha! So I used to use 11s on acoustic and 10s on electric, but I had a forearm/hand injury a few years back so now I put 9s on electric and 10s on acoustic. The hand still plays up every so often... but the thinner gauge sure helps. However, I do think that the thicker strings have better tone to some degree!

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Hardcore... 🤣
Oh, dear, sorry to hear about your injury! That's not good for a guitarist.. you take care of that!

I think 11s will be my ones then..
A good mid range, and guess, I need to find something to write about then.. 😀🤔

Have a lovely week, my friend! 🌞😎

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Gracias, @anna-newkey, por traer una canción tan hermosa, tan melódica, y por cantarla y tocarla magistralmente. Llega al corazón. He disfrutado enormemente este momento de conexión con tu voz y tu guitarra. Muy interesante el resumen que hiciste acerca de los Carpenters, no sabía que la chica había fallecido de anorexia, tampoco que era baterista. Muy buen post. Dios bendiga plenamente tu vida y te llene de muchos momentos de alegría y felicidad. Saludos desde Venezuela.

Thank you, @anna-newkey, for bringing such a beautiful song, so melodic, and for singing and playing it masterfully. It reaches the heart. I have greatly enjoyed this moment of connection with your voice and your guitar. Very interesting the summary you made about the Carpenters, I didn't know that the girl had died of anorexia, nor that she was a drummer. Very good post. God bless your life fully and fill you with many moments of joy and happiness. Greetings from Venezuela.

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Hello there!
Yes, it's very sad that she died so young; she wasn't very happy unfortunately..
It's great, that you got some new things from my post!
Makes it all worthwhile.. 😀
And thank you so much for listening, glad you like it!
It is indeed a lovely tune! Very uplifting..
Many, many greetings back from the UK, my friend!

¡Hola!
Sí, es muy triste que muriera tan joven; ella no estaba muy feliz desafortunadamente ..
¡Es genial que hayas recibido algunas cosas nuevas de mi publicación!
Hace que todo valga la pena.. 😀
Y muchas gracias por escuchar, me alegro de que te guste!
¡Es realmente una melodía preciosa! Muy edificante..
¡Muchos, muchos saludos desde el Reino Unido, amigo mío!

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