Yesterday Once More

“If you were offered a recording contract, what favourite song would you record and release into the singles charts?”

This is the question posed by Hugh in his post- 51 Weeks: 51 Songs From the Past: Week 38. 

In 1973 The Carpenters released “Yesterday Once More” on the B side of their Now and Then album. This song kicked off an oldies medley that included 8 cover songs from the 1960’s as part of an old time radio show. (This video is 19 minutes long- the entirety of that side. You can stop after the first song, or listen all the way through.)

2017 Kat will be stepping aside to make room for Teen Kat to step up to the microphone.

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Hi! It’s me, (Teen) Kat here. I’m here to sing the song that is going to skyrocket my name into the top selling hit charts of the year….. Okay, not really, at least I sure hope not! Since I first heard this album in the mid 70’s, I fell in love with the B side.

Let me set the scene for you- I’m Kat, I’m a teenager in the late 70’s. I’m here in my parents’ basement holding a microphone, preparing to record my own hit song. My ensemble consists of my favorite (skin tight) Jordache jeans, a tube top- which I have to pull up constantly because I don’t have anything to hold it up, and my platform sandals. When I’m here, safe in the basement away from prying eyes, I am transported to another time and place. As the song “Yesterday Once More” begins, I sing along with Karen Carpenter, walking around the room, pausing to lean against the piano to smile at Richard. I sing my heart out and in my head, my voice is as smooth, rich and beautiful as Karen’s.

As the last note fades away, the revving of the engine kicks off “Fun, Fun, Fun” and the radio segment of this side of the album. Here’s when the real fun begins. I’m working the stage with hips swaying, shaking everything I’ve got and even some stuff that I don’t when suddenly————————–

SCCCRREEECCHHHH!!!!!!!!!– No, that isn’t the phonograph needle skidding across the record album. It’s the sound of my mother opening the door to the basement and as fast as Woody and Buzz fall to the ground when Andy walks in unexpectedly, I crumple into a chair, my heart pounding while I catch my breath and try to look like I was doing something other than putting on the performance of my life. My mom gives me an indecipherable look and heads into the laundry room without a word, while I slink over to the phonograph to turn the volume down.

And there you have my flirtation with fame.

This is where I hand control back over to my older self and wave goodbye, exiting the stage area.

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I might be re-thinking letting Teen Kat come out to play. I suspect she could really embarrass me! Anyway, Hugh asked and I responded. I’m still shaking my head at the tube top and mentally counting how many times I nearly broke my ankle in those blasted wooden sandals!

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Thanks for sharing this time with me! Have a great rest of your weekend!

-Kat

Y is for “Yesterday Once More”

Blogging From A to Z Challenge: Y

Yesterday Once More– The Carpenters- 1973

“When I was young I’d listen to the radio waiting for my favorite songs…”

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I still have my original album and CD. 🙂

I didn’t have to look far to find my original album and CD. The CD was close by, along with Purple Rain, Grease, and a stack of other old favorites.

Even when I was young listening to the radio, I knew. Music was that much a part of my life that I just knew that this song about other songs was the real deal. I knew that there would be songs that I would always associate with certain peoples, places or events for the rest of my life. I was right. As I’ve worked my way through the alphabet with the A to Z Challenge, I’ve time traveled through my life, hopping back and sometimes way back, to revisit so many songs that have touched my life.

 

I remember laying on my bed, listening to this album over and over again. I loved the sound of Karen’s voice and how beautifully it blended with Richard’s. The first version of Ticket to Ride that I heard was the Carpenters’ so it took me awhile to get used to the Beatles’ faster version.

I cried when I heard that she had died. Knowing a girl in my class who struggled with an eating disorder, Karen’s death hit close to home. Little did I know that Karen Carpenter would be the first of many incredibly talented people whose lives would end much too early.

Thanks for stopping by!

-Kat

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