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30 Day Song Challenge – Day 28 – A Song By An Artist Whose Voice You Love

Today’s challenge invites us to share a song from an artist whose voice you love. One of my favourite singers growing up was Karen Carpenter. I had all the Carpenters albums, and listened to them endlessly. This is a challenge where the initial selection is easy, but which track to choose. As is often my wont, I’m going for a pretty deep album cut rather than one of the big hits everyone knows.

This song was originally written in 1937, and was a hit for Tommy Dorsey, and later for the Andrews Sisters. But Karen’s wistful, angelic alto and Richard’s sublime arrangement make this a standout track from their 1975 album Horizon. Here’s what I think is the definitive rendition of “I Can Dream, Can’t I?”

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40 Comments

  1. Rob Wynne

    I always wished that Karen Carpenter had recorded an entire album of standards. It would have been magic.

  2. Jim Poltrone

    I’ve been a fan of Kate Bush since the mid-1980s. There are plenty of deep cuts I can choose from. Definitely more interesting than this year’s teenybopper sensation.
    https://youtu.be/W8RE2NyAiJg

  3. Lauren Cox

    I adore Karen Carpenter. ❤️

    And Joan Shelley’s voice fucking melts me like butter, so I just have to share another one of hers. https://youtu.be/YEakwpSebLk

  4. Jim Poltrone

    Another one I love is Annie Haslam of Renaissance.
    .https://youtu.be/hVEi4qjraSA

  5. Jim Poltrone

    And for male vocalists, there is Fish, formerly of Marillion.
    https://youtu.be/9zjCAMdHZx8

  6. T J Burnside Clapp

    Well, I could listen to Colm Wilkinson sing the phone book and I’d still melt. This one’s particularly good … it’s one of his favorites, but he never got to sing it in Les Mis since it wasn’t his character’s song.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6ErFZZciPA

  7. Paul Kwinn

    I think I’ll go with Ann Wilson. (And as a bonus, you get a very nice acoustic guitar bit by her sister Nancy at the start.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZuW6BH_Vak

    • Rob Wynne

      I adore this song so much. I’m a huge fan of Heart, especially their 70s work. (I’m a bit….mixed on their 80s stuff.)

  8. Bruce Adelsohn

    I could listen to Stan Rogers sing for days on end. This tenderest of his songs really showcases his voice, IMNSHO. https://youtu.be/ZrGDoDloD1M

  9. David Weingart

    Jim has already named two of my top choices with Kate Bush and Annie Haslam , so I’ll add Kristin Hersh

    https://youtu.be/DfwZHlw-5tQ

  10. Deborah A Baudoin

    OMG, saw her in a road show of Into the Woods. It was thrilling--actually met her afterwards for a moment at the Blue Room in the New Orleans Fairmont Hotel. Cleo Laine--voice like buttah. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9VzKkxlcgU

  11. Elizabeth Barber

    LOved and still love her voice.

  12. Blind Lemming Chiffon

    I’ll share a couple I like because I think they ought to be better known and remembered than they are: https://youtu.be/912fADYDm6c

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