I have always been a Karen Carpenter fan. As a band director, I closed my first Christmas concert with “Merry Christmas Darling.” Little did any of us know that Karen Carpenter would pass away shortly thereafter. Throughout my career as a band director, closing the Christmas concert with this beautiful selection became a tradition.
Last year, after posting this video and making mention of it on my Facebook page, I received this comment on that Facebook entry:
I love that song. Dawn and I were background singers on that recording, vocals on September 17, 1978 and video for the first Carpenter’s Christmas Special on Sept. 24 (four days before Erin was born).
The comment was left by Dr. Brad Logan, a good friend from many years ago when he was choir director at the University of Montevallo. Brad has been the director of the Bemidji State University Choir since 1998. His daughter, Erin, is now grown with children of her own. It’s amazing how relationships intertwine. It is also amazing how much time you can spend face-to-face and then learn something new once you are separated by hundreds of miles.