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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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  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.

  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.

  4. Jim Poltrone

    Another one I love is Annie Haslam of Renaissance.

  5. Jim Poltrone

    And for male vocalists, there is Fish, formerly of Marillion.

  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.

  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.)

    • 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.

  9. David Weingart

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

  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.

  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:

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