I think The Carpenters was the first pop singer group that captured my imagination when I was a kid. I guess I was about 10.
"Top of the world", "Yesterday once more", "Close to you", "Please Mr. Postman", and other great songs from the duo gripped my heart, although at that age I did not understand the English lyrics very much.
I fell in love with the voice of Karen Carpenter. The vocal qualia is a given gift. The particular form and strength, dynamics of Karen's vocal chord must have produced the sensuous qualia that my consciousness receives when she sings.
20 years passed, and I was about 30, when I went to a Karaoke room with my best friend Yoshi Tamori (mathematical whiz kid).
I discovered that Yoshi liked the Carpenters songs, too. To my utter bewilderment, when he sang, his voice sounded a bit similar to Karen's. It was a shock discovery. Karen and Yoshi look so different. And Yoshi is a man. Karen was so delicate and thin. Yoshi is, ....well.....
I have kept the enlightenment by this mysterious coincidence as a secret, and have not told anybody, until today that is.
Now Yoshi has something to boast apart from incredible rose origami.....
Myself (left) and Yoshi Tamori at the Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.