I'm thankful for my life, my health, my family-- my wife, my daughter -- and my pup! The roof over my head. My work. My music. My friends. What are you thankful for?
The photo is from the early 1960s. Lyricist Hal David is standing, music composer Burt Bacharach seated at the piano. That's the legendary singer Dionne Warwick of course, pointing the way.
Looking back at the now-classic Bacharach/David songbook, the lyrics to some of the songs are definitely frozen in their time. But...also... much about the songs is timeless. The emotions that accompany heartbreak and hope never go out of style. I had fun bringing these to life in my way. Enjoy!
A lucky guy.
A quick note about this song. I first heard it when I was in high school, and I thought it was the dumbest song ever. If the person didn't know how to get to San Jose, why not just buy a map? A couple years later, my understanding of it deepened a bit (!). Necessary losses, dreams differed, making way for new dreams. It's all here in a bright pop song!
Playing a charming cad in "Alfie" made Michael Caine a star.
The best of Broadway got together to sing a Bacharach/David classic
It was a response to the massacre at the gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando. The sentiment certainly speaks to our divided, angry, hate-filled America. "What the world needs now is love sweet love / It's the only thing that there's just too little of"
With a little bit of Clouseau: "Mesdames et messieurs, bienvenue a Cafe Quarantunes. I invite you to enjoy a short break from... shall we say, realite?.. and join me for an imaginary trip! Settle in to your candle-lit table by the stage (aka your living room couch), put on some headphones, place a warm towel upon your face, bring your favorite libation to your lips (watch out for the towel! A mistake I have made... more than once). Now... close your eyes....Allons-y! A Paree!
Comment te dire adieu? (How to say goodbye to you?)