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Mr. Burt Bacharach

August 5, 2012

I was just listening to The Very Best of Burt Bacharach (track listing below) and was moved to write a post in response. Unfortunately, I don’t have the musicological chops to contribute anything to study and explication of the man’s genius. I can only stand and point in awe. Consider this post a simple exercise in consciousness raising. Chances are, this music is as deeply embedded in the infrastructure of your soul as it is in mine, but you don’t give it much thought. Burt deserves better, he ought the object of sustained, focused meditation and gratitude on a regular schedule, at least biweekly.  And let’s not forget a thought for Dionne, as well as lyricist Hal David.

Or maybe just listen to the music, and say a little prayer.

1. Baby It’s You – The Shirelles
2. Only Love Can Break A Heart – Gene Pitney
3. Anyone Who Had A Heart – Dionne Warwick
4. (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me – Sandie Shaw
5. Walk On By – Dionne Warwick
6. What The World Needs Now Is Love – Jackie DeShannon
7. Alfie – Dionne Warwick
8. What’s New Pussycat? – Tom Jones
9. I Say A Little Prayer – Dionne Warwick
10. The Look Of Love – Dusty Springfield
11. Do You Know The Way To San Jose – Dionne Warwick
12. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head – B.J. Thomas
13. I’ll Never Fall In Love Again – Dionne Warwick
14. One Less Bell To Answer – The 5th Dimension
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