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Karen Carpenter all alone.
January 11, 2015 3:05 AM

Karen Carpenter was one of our greatest voices of the 20th Century. She went far too early, but at least she left us with precious and priceless recordings.

If you've never had the opportunity to hear her "all alone," check out these tracks, where she's isolated from the rest of the band:

"Ticket to Ride" vocals and drums:

"Superstar" vocals, bass and drums:

"Yesterday Once More" vocals and bass:

There are more at this site.

And now for your bonus track: here's Eva Cassidy singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," possibly the most profound version you'll ever hear. She performed all around the Washington, D.C., area and sadly passed away way too young at the young age of 33 in 1996. Make sure your tissue box is close by:

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On Christmas, Bachfest is Best!
December 25, 2014 1:00 PM

One of the benefits of being alive and part of humanity is to be able to soak in the majesty, genius, and utter beauty of Bach's timeless music.

Each year, Columbia University's radio station, WKCR, holds its non-stop Bachfest from a few days before Christmas until New Year's Day.

Christmas without Bach is just not an option.

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Free MP3s from Vinson Valega:

Live at Blues Alley, Washington, DC (April 2005):
Jiminy Cricket Goes To The Go-Go Dance (Vinson Valega) [5.1 mb]

Live at The Cape May Jazz Festival, Cape May, NJ (April 2005):
Georgia (Ray Charles) [9.0 mb]

Live rehearsal, NYC (summer 2006):
Ask Me Now (Thelonious Monk) [8.8 mb]

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