The 20th anniversary of the release of Come On Come On has passed and I’ve been thinking about changing the focus of my blog. It will still pertain to Mary Chapin Carpenter but I want to incorporate my experience, my life as it pertains to being a long-time fan of hers. I still have many pieces of memorabilia that I haven’t posted yet, so as I figure out what that focus will be, I’ll still have plenty to write about in the meanwhile.
According to her website, www.marychapincarpenter.com, her summer tour begins on July 18th in Homestead, Pennsylvania. She moves on to the midwest, up to Canada, to the East Coast, back to Pennsylvania for the Philadelphia Folk Festival on August 17th and Wolf Trap, her hometown crowd on the 18th. Oh, she has more dates after that but just check it out for yourself if you want to see additional dates.
Below are 2 glossy Country Gold trading cards that were available in 1993. They were sold in packages (just like baseball trading cards) with other country stars who were popular at that time. I don’t remember too many of them though I do remember Shania Twain and Martina McBride as up-and-comers in the set. I believe I have a complete set squirrelled away somewhere though the ones that mattered to me most, these ones, I can always easily find.
The photo on the left is one of my top 5 favorite photos of Mary Chapin Carpenter. The one on the right is a great photo of her in concert playing her treasured red Rickenbacker.
Here’s the back of the cards:
At the end of the post is the words from each card.
So, here’s to counting off the days until she kicks off her summer tour. 15 days to go.
Over & Out,
Lisa M. Luck
She owes her career in part to some of the men in her life. Her Junior High School teacher at an American school in Tokyo turned her on to playing guitar. Her father later forced her to take her music out of the closet and perform in public at a Washington, D.C. club open mike night. That led to her turning pro and becoming one of the most popular local performers in the nation’s capital. Then, she met a musician, John Jennings, who helped her produce an independent album of original songs. In 1988, Columbia Records heard that album and signed her up. The world soon said, “How Do,” to a new star. As an avid reader and strong supporter of the CMA’s campaign to combat literacy, all proceeds generated by this card will be donated to the National Literacy Hotline. If you would like to join the campaign against illiteracy, call 1-800-228-8813.
Offstage she can be shy and reserved in front of a video camera or interviewer’s microphone. But on stage she’s right at home. Her confidence grows with every accolade she receives for her insightful, intelligent and often humorous hit songs. Songs that can get your heart pumping and toes tapping like “Down at the Twist and Shout” and “I Feel Lucky,” as well as simply lovely tunes like “Passionate Kisses” and “Come On Come On,” that make her one of the hottest tickets in any town.