Hi All, One of my favorite songs, and one that adds to the album AN OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS. I am so glad that after Karen's death, Richard included this song on it. What a gorgeous version. Richard does a WONDERFUL job on this!! Really he does...then, surprise, Karen's warm, crystal clear voice projects and you just want to melt. Well, at least I want to. Her voice is just soooo RICH!!(pardon the pun). In this song, she gives it an undescribable quality...something in her vocals...it's hard to describe. Like choclate vanilla...This song is a rangey song and she handles it so well!! He will bring us goodness and light...He will bring us goodness and LIIIIIIIGGGGHTTTTTT!!! And she holds and sustains that note in one breath. Powerful lung control ends a beautiful song!!
Post by Rick Henry on Dec 15, 2004 20:48:13 GMT -5
Truly truly a great song. and Karen's voice is so fantastic here. I am also very glad Richard released this and the other songs on "An Old Fashioned Christmas". It would have been a big shame if we never had the chance to hear songs like "Do You Hear What I Hear", "He Came Here For Me", "Home For The Holidays", "Little Altar Boy" and the others.
Last Edit: Dec 15, 2004 20:48:37 GMT -5 by Rick Henry
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This is a close to a power ballad as Karen gets. I mean that she just keeps building until the final note. Songs like "Solitaire" and "I need to be in love" build, but end quietly. I like the full blown ending and wish she did more songs like that.
I read a fascinating history of this track last Christmas on another board. Apparently, Karen recorded this entire song, without any Richard vocals. But when Richard was preparing "An Old Fashioned Christmas" for release, he discovered that the vocal tapes for both Karen and the choir were damaged on the first verse.
Rather than let the song be lost, Richard chose to record the first verse himself, "throwing" the song to Karen in the second verse. And he copied-and-pasted the choir part from the second verse back into the first verse.
That's why when Richard sings,
"Said the night wind to the little lamb, Do you SEE what I SEE,"
the choir answers,
"Do you HEAR what I HEAR."
I found it very interesting how much post-production work Richard had to do on this song to rescue it from oblivion. Yet, it sounds so seamless and perfect that you would think that what we're hearing is the original version. I always pictured this as a production number for a Carpenters Christmas special, with Richard at the piano introducing the song, then tossing it to Karen and the choir for that big finish.
I'm very happy Richard saved this track. It is so beautiful and moving, that it would be tragic if it had been lost forever.