The recent demise of 91 y/o Hal David marks the end of another icon in music. He will forever be known as a co-songwriter with a fellow peer in the pop music industry, Burt Bacharach.
Songs like “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head”,”Do You Know The Way to San Jose?”,”Close to You”.”What the World Needs Now”, “What’s New, Pussycat?”,”Walk on By”, “That’s What Friends Are For” and many other songs of his all depict in simple words, feelings of love,hope and laughter as one goes through the ups and downs of life .
Music is indeed another form of language expressed in tune and lyrics so as to send a message to the listener. The listener in turn, understands and stays focused on the singer’s message and a connection starts. That’s where the saying goes that the singer must connect to his audience in order to deem his performance as a success.
When listening to the lyrics, one would think that the singer’s talking to you as if he’s telling you his life story or of a certain event in a moment of time. You wouldn’t get bored listening to it because you’re anxious to know how the ending of the song will fare for the protagonist.
I would recommend getting a double CD edition of Burt Bacharach ‘s album titled “Burt Bacharach & Friends”-Gold (Universal Music Company 2006). Most of Hal David’s songs are in that double album as well as the singers’ voices covering some of those songs like Dionne Warwick, Tom Jones, Carpenters, Dusty Springfield ,Herb Alpert ,Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross, Olivia Newton-John among others.
To Mr. David, your songs will live forever and will always remain timeless. Good music never dies.