Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Burt Bacharach Day

Having completely missed last month's Burt Bacharach Day, here are two Bacharach clips for the 20th of March, 2007.

First, enjoy Trijntje Oosterhuis as she belts out "Walk On By" and "Anyone Who Had A Heart", backed by the Metropole Orchestra. Both will be performing an entire concert of Bacharach songs at Amsterdam's Heineken Music Hall on April 6.

Next up is a recent Bacharach composition (from the At This Time album), Go Ask Shakespeare, sensitively performed by Rufus Wainwight. It's a bittersweet and beautiful song with a great lyric by Burt.

And with that, I go back on hiatus. . .


geomop said...

Enjoyed the post. Burt of course is great. One of my heros of songwriting.

paul etcheverry said...

Thanks for the comment. I've been posting largely unorthodox interpretations of Burt Bacharach songs on the 20th of every month. I think this is the first posting in which Burt himself contributes his wonderful and distinctive electric piano to the mix.

There are many cool re-interpretations of classic Bacharach/David tunes. One I really go for is Ron Isley's complete overhaul of "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head", with Burt on piano. And Isley really nails "Alfie".

It is very cool to have a songwriter continue creating stellar work well into his seventies - and hopefully beyond. I like a lot of Burt's songs from the past decade as much or more as anything he's ever done.

Also hope he and Elvis Costello join forces again, ideally for a future Diana Krall project; Burt's harmonies and Elvis' thoughtful yet biting lyrics are a terrific combination.