Karen Carpenter Was an Awesome Drummer

Karen Carpenter was best known for her hauntingly beautiful singing voice, but she considered herself a ?drummer who sang.? Karen first became fascinated with the drums after joining the high school marching band to get out of gym class. She persuaded the band director to let her switch from glockenspiel to the drums, despite warnings that ‘girls don’t play drums.’ Carpenter recalled, ‘That is such an overused line, but I started anyway. I picked up a pair of sticks, and it was the most natural-feeling thing I’ve ever done.’ She learned the drums surprisingly quickly.

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