Dear Carly,

For several years I have attempted to get your attention but to no avail. So I figured I would try a more direct approach by posting an open letter in hopes that it might find its way to you. 

I’m not looking for anything from you. I don’t want your money or concert tickets or an autograph. I simply want to hang out for a few hours. 

I do this little radio program everyday from our studios in Fairhaven, just a short distance from where you live on Martha’s Vineyard. It would be totally cool if you would co-host the thing with me one day.

In return, I would treat you to a seafood dinner at one of our very nice restaurants here on the mainland. I know you come from the Bronx and are not a native New Englander, but you must like seafood, no?

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I’m not some weirdo stalker but just someone who has appreciated your music since the first time I heard you perform "That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be" on TV around 1971. No Secrets was among the first albums I ever bought and I listen to it still. My favorite album of yours is Coming Around Again and "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" version of the title track. I love the Vineyard concert video from the release of that album.

Unlike a lot of music, your songs are thought-provoking. I am a lyrics guy and appreciate the deep insight. Good music evokes emotions of all kinds. It’s okay if a song makes you happy or sad as long as it leaves you feeling something and thinking about what you’ve experienced musically. 

So, if you think you might like to hang for a few hours and then get something to eat, let's make a plan. Oh, and I am rooting for you to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year.


Barry Richard, WBSM Radio

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