Peanut butter and jelly.
Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem.
Macaroni and cheese.
Ice cream and a warm summer’s day.
Each of the combinations listed above bring out the best of each other. Sure you could enjoy some plain old macaroni. But everyone on the planet knows that this particular complex carbohydrate is so much tastier if you add some cheese to it. The point is, there are some things that are better together than they would be separately.
That brings me to the track I want to share with you all this week: “Love is Surrender” by The Carpenters. Richard and Karen Carpenter are a perfect example of the point I made earlier: some things are just better together. The siblings’ vocal harmony is beyond smooth, it is almost telekinetic. The easy going melody gently flowing through the song takes a hold of my being and transports me to a peaceful place for the duration of this track. A place where the sun is always shining and there is not a trace of negativity to be found. And it is all made possible by a combination of brother and sister who reinforce a valuable lesson: the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.