Every now and then, doing this job, an opportunity crops up to spend some time with a living legend. Last week I went to see Richard Carpenter at his home in Thousand Oaks. Luckily he escaped the devastating fires that swept through the area - although he and his family were evacuated from their home for a few hours. We discussed Richard's new album, reimagining some of the Carpenters greatest hits, with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It is a wonderfully evocative tribute to Karen and the duo's legacy. Richard shared his thoughts on the new arrangements and tinkled the ivories to create a few goose bump moments for those of us looking on.