Hal-David

  • me three years ago: i am never going to read homestuck, it looks stupid with all these crazy ass grey people with candy corn sticking out of their heads and throwin buckets around
  • me now: do you think that autoresponder would eat ass if he wasnt just a pair of shades and had a body?
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Lianne La Havas - Say a Little Prayer (Live)

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you can like an antagonist with faults

you can like an antagonist that is manipulative

you can like an antagonist and sympathize with them

you can like an antagonist and disagree with them

you can like an antagonist and think they are a terrible person

you can like an antagonist as long as you acknowledge their faults and know that it is wrong and to not defend them for their actions just because they appeal to you and are charming

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Somebody is in love… (and who could blame him?)

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Dionne Warwick  |  Walk On By  |  single (1963)
music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David

This really is an amazing song by a wonderful voice.

Alfie
  • Alfie
  • Pat Metheny
  • What's It All About
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Neither Burt Bacharach nor Hal David was interested to write the song that would be used to promote the 1966 British film directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Michael Caine. After all, the title character’s name, Alfie, was considered a tad too pedestrian to be built into the lyric. In fact, even after the theme was written, Cilla Black, who was invited to record its vocals, reluctantly accepted to take on the job, exclaiming: “Alfie? You call your dog Alfie!”

But it was the movie’s message and how the story’s events compel an uncaring egotist to question his solitary life and very existence that moved Bacharach and David to complete the project. Lifting a line uttered by Caine’s character in the film, David opens with the question, “What’s it all about,” and Bacharach weaves in the music that he would soon call his favorite from among his body of work. The song title would ironically be the controversial name, ALFIE.

About 45 years later and who knows how many covers, jazz guitar great Pat Metheny recorded ALFIE in his 2011 solo album, WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT. Metheny recounts about the project which for the first time carries none of his original work, “Each tune has a real meaning to me musically. Of course, I am aware of the lyrics, but my focus is really on the actual notes and harmonies that make these pieces interesting to me as a musician. It is mostly about the way the chords move or the kind of feeling that I loved about the melody.”

While all the tracks in Metheny’s album speak to me, ALFIE seems most eloquent. Maybe Bacharach’s haunting raw material is to blame. But so is Metheny’s quiet reinterpretation, which succinctly captures the song’s introspective mood sans lyrics. Dreamy and ethereal, with multiple modulations and some reharmonization, Metheny makes ALFIE his own, but gives the music the power to provoke us all to do as the character in the movie does– rethink ourselves.

On February 12, 2012, Metheny’s WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT received a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album.

Anyone Who Had A Heart
  • Anyone Who Had A Heart
  • Dusty Springfield
  • A Girl Called Dusty
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Dusty Springfield- Anyone Who Had A Heart

Anyone who ever loved,
Could look at me, and know that I love you
Anyone who ever dreamed,
Could look at me, and know I dream of you
Knowing I love you, so

Anyone who had a heart
Would take me, in his arms, and, love me too
You, couldn’t really have a heart,
And hurt me, like you hurt me,
And be so untrue
What am I to do?

Every time you go away,
I always say, this time it’s goodbye dear
Loving you the way I do,
I take you back
Without you I’d die dear
Knowing I love you, so…

No one could sing Bacharach/David like Dusty.