domingo, 19 de junio de 2016

220º-The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Controversy-


Why Aren’t They In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame: The Carpenters


Posted on May 23, 2012 by nathanalbright

There are some people who read this entry and its title and who would think, “The Carpenters aren’t rock & roll. Why would they belong in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?” As it happens, Nat King Cole and Neil Diamond and Miles Davis are already in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame too, and none of them were rock & roll either. So the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has already established by its inductees that it is not recognizing those who fit some (arbitrary) definition of Rock & Roll, but honoring the most significant and influential artists of the Rock & Roll era, from 1954 onward. And by that standard, The Carpenters certainly qualify on several grounds, specifically their influence on future artists and the popularity of contralto voices, the enduring value of their musical record and immense popularity, and their larger social significance.



 
The Carpenters’ Contribution
The Carpenters had an immense contribution to Rock & Roll. Richard Carpenter is one of the innovators of the power ballad, from the side of easy listening, providing more power to the balladry for which The Carpenters were justly famous at the same time that Aerosmith was seeking to provide balladry for their power with the song “Dream On” and at the same time that soul singers like Ray Charles were exploring cathartic release for their slower songs. The Carpenters deserve praise for their role in the innovation of the power ballad, making the mainstream soft rock of the 1970’s and beyond possible. Beyond this, the enduring relevance of the music of the Carpenters, even to alternative bands like Sonic Youth or contemporary singers like Christina Aguilera, Madonna, and Gwen Stefani as well as allowing a greater role for contralto singers like Anne Murray and Rita Coolidge within pop music, showing the worth and value of the blend between Richard’s technical prowess as a musician and Karen’s powerful and emotive and melancholy but not histrionic vocals. In addition to this, the Carpenters had an immense role in bringing the issue of eating disorders like anorexia nervosa to the general public, given Karen Carpenter’s death in 1982 because of an anorexia-induced heart attack. For all of these reasons, the Carpenters have an enduring place in rock & roll history, and are deserving of a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Why The Carpenters Are A No-Brainer For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
First, their larger social significance in public health and their share of the innovation of the power ballad (to provide the viable platform and market for soft rock to exist) are deserving of being enshrined alone–The Carpenters were easy listening pioneers and innovators (as odd as that might seem to critics). In addition to that, though, The Carpenters’ music is enduringly popular, with two of their songs having been given Grammy Awards as pivotal records in music history: “(They Long To Be) Close To You” and “We’ve Only Just Begun.” On top of this, the Carpenters have a solid record of successful albums and singles, including six multiplatinum albums, two additional platinum albums, and six additional gold albums–a solid body of work. In addition, the band had fifteen #1 hits on the Adult Contemporary charts, three #1’s, twelve top ten hits, and nineteen top 40 hits on the Hot 100 over a period of more than a decade. They have immense influence on modern music, they had immense popularity, and were major innovators in music, aside from having a key role in bringing the issue of eating disorders to public attention. That sort of massive social and musical importance should mean a place in Cleveland for this band without question. Essential Carpenters songs include: “(They Long To Be) Close To You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “For All We Know,” “Rainy Days & Mondays,” “Sing,” “Top Of The World,” and “Superstar.”
Why Aren’t The Carpenters In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?
Throughout their career, the Carpenters were savaged by the critics (one of the factors that led to Karen Carpenter’s early death over insecurity with her weight), and blamed for being bland artists. In fact, the Carpenters very intentionally chose a middle course between easy listening and rock & roll. The fact that music critics have been so hard on The Carpenters has led them to neglect the major virtues and influence of that band, though, and it’s pretty certain that critical hatred more than anything wrong with the Carpenters has kept them from their rightful honor in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Verdict: The Carpenters deserved to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame a long time ago. However, their entrance depends on critics recognizing their immense role in the creation of the power ballad and in the virtue of their middle-of-the-road approach in general. Recognizing the value of The Carpenters would be an important first step, along with recognizing Chicago in reassessing the legacy of a lot of other adult-oriented bands who have been unjustly neglected by the rock & roll critical establishment for being popularly successful.

sábado, 11 de junio de 2016

218º-FINALE-


 

about


FINALE is an all male pop group from Los Angeles, CA.

The group was developed in 2015 and is currently under the direction of IMA Entertainment.



Debut album coming soon.



  
Colin Carpenter is about to make a name for himself. His father Richard is the male half of the famous Carpenters, with his aunt being the much loved Karen Carpenter. 

domingo, 5 de junio de 2016

217º-“Karen Carpenter: la perfección mata”-

“Karen Carpenter: la perfección mata”

Dra. Yolanda Pica













Junio de 1966, Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, en el concurso de talentos juveniles gana un trío formado por Richard Carpenter al piano, Wes Jacobs al saxofón y en el último momento integraron a Karen la hermana de Richard, una joven de 16 años conocida por ser masculina, sus amigos le decían “la gorda”, pero ya tocaba la batería como una profesional, en el concurso hizo algunos coros y a partir de ese evento se transformó en la cantante mas importante de su época, con voz de contralto y la consideran su modelo a seguir Madonna y Shania Twain.


Richard y Karen provenían de una familia perfeccionista, se convierten en millonarios a los 20 años por el éxito de sus canciones, abrumados por este cambio, él se vuelve adicto a los tranquilizantes y ella se obsesiona con bajar de peso, Karen empieza una dieta que la lleva a anorexia nerviosa, medía 1.72 mts. y llegó a pesar 35 kilos. Su hermano se hospitalizó para rehabilitar su adicción, lo cual logró con éxito y le pidió a ella que se tratara su enfermedad.


Se desconoce como Karen conseguía medicamentos estimulantes de tiroides, tranquilizantes, laxantes y eméticos, que tomaba en sobredosis. En 1982 fue hospitalizada sin su aprobación y lograron que llegara a 49 kilos, pero ella insistía en bajar de peso, se volvió mentirosa (frecuente en estos pacientes) comía frente a su familia y se laxaba y vomitaba en privado.
El 4 de febrero de 1983 murió de un infarto a los 32 años, una década de inanición y un corazón forzado por los medicamentos no pudieron soportar mas.
La anorexia nerviosa es un síndrome con tres criterios: buscar un estado de inanición, miedo enfermizo a estar gordo que lleva a delgadez extrema y los síntomas físicos que resultan de la enfermedad, como fallas hormonales, hipotermia, debilidad extrema, depresión mayor y fallas cardiacas.


Es 20 veces mas frecuente en mujeres y empieza en la adolescencia y adultez temprana, se calcula que hasta el 5 % de las adolescentes llegan a tener síntomas de la enfermedad por la obsesión de la delgadez extrema como sinónimo de belleza aunque la enfermedad como tal se desarrolla en el 1 % de la población. Existen variantes del padecimiento, desde restricción alimenticia hasta uso de purgas y laxantes, provocarse el vómito que es una forma de la enfermedad llamada Bulimia.
Es considerada una enfermedad mental y debe ser tratada por grupos multidisciplinarios que incluyan psiquiatras y terapeutas de familia.
Cuando Karen enfermó se conocía poco del padecimiento, a partir de su muerte cobra notoriedad este desorden y se abren opciones de tratamiento a los pacientes.


En sus palabras: “Tuvimos que hablar claro y decir la verdad sobre nosotros tal como es: es un infierno vivir como un par de ángeles”.

*Médico psiquiatra y psicoterapeuta.