Mr. Richard Carpenter
c/o Carpenter Family Foundation
16255 Ventura Blvd., Suite 1250
Encino, CA 91436-2315
Dear Mr. Carpenter,
My name is Matt Winick and I’m a fan of your work as a singer and your work in The Carpenters with your sister Karen. Some of my favorites songs that you sang with your sister Karen were They Long to Be Close to you, And I Love You So, Can’t Smile Without You, It’s Going to Take Some Time, and many others. Mr. Carpenter, I thought you did an excellent job with your sister Karen Carpenter on singing because I like on how both of you made some lyrics in your songs have creativity and some important messages of life. Also another reason I like your songs is how you make your songs have a message like the need for love, the importance of friendships when times are hard, a strong need for self love when there are difficult times, having faith when the world gets toxic, and many others. Besides your singing career, I like on how you and your sister Karen are an activist on supporting civil rights including people with disabilities’ rights causes to reduce discrimination and support funds to help improve diversity in the arts to make them be a part of society. I’m sorry that your sister Karen passed away and I wanted to let you know that she was an inspiration to me to work hard on my disability and I truly appreciate her activism on people with disabilities’ rights causes.
Mr. Carpenter, I have autism with a learning disability. Having a disability is hard for me because I have trouble comprehending on learning different advance subjects, sometimes I struggle to communicate my thoughts, and get teased. Also another thing that I struggle with a disability is when I have difficulty maintaining friendships where I lose friends due to some friends, some peers of them, and adults get judgmental about me being different from them or have a disability. Sometimes I struggle to understand life when it gets challenge when I want to find ways to improve myself. Your support for civil rights including people with disabilities’ rights causes really inspires me to work hard on my disability. Also some of your songs with your sister Karen Carpenter that have different messages helps give me some inspiration to try to understand life, learn the importance of self love when times get hard, have motivation to try to find different methods to improve myself, and many others.
I strongly believe that you are a very talented singer. You do such an excellent job making your songs have creativity with a nice message. Also I truly appreciate on how you are an activist on improving society. You and your sister Karen Carpenter have inspire me to work hard on my disability, be a fan of your music, and try to learn life. I was wondering if you could please give me some advice about working hard on my disability when there are challenges and what it like being in The Carpenters. Thanks for taking the time to read my letter, working hard to make a great difference, and inspiring me. Please continue to make a great difference and impact on music and society.
P.S. also my parents Kim Winick and Susan Wei were very big fans of The Carpenters and I have a small donation to help your activism. Also I included a picture of me with the Carpenters album for you to keep as a gift for inspiring me.