July 2, 2006 |
Take New York, remember Paris or sing of Chicago, but don't ever forget that Southern California is the leading landscape of pop-music dreamers. From the days when Bing Crosby crooned of the San Fernando Valley as a giddy heaven on Earth (how's that going?) to N.W.A's slightly less rosy "Straight Outta Compton" and beyond, the lyrics on the radio have long reminded us that Southern California -- for better or worse -- is best mapped in lyrics.
October 30, 2005 |
Burt Bacharach "At This Time" (Columbia Records) * * * MUCH is being made that on this solo outing (in stores Tuesday) Bacharach has written most of his own lyrics for the first time in his five-decade-and-counting career. True enough, but the celebrated composer's most moving statements remain in his music.
October 22, 2005 |
A new album titled "At This Time" arrives in stores on the first of the month with some intriguing attributes. Hip-hop beats crafted by Dr. Dre on three tracks. Politically charged lyrics, among them a bruising attack on the Bush administration. And the record label that's releasing the CD stepped in to ask the artist to tone down the raw language.
November 4, 2003 |
Burt Bacharach is in a familiar place: seated at an electronic keyboard in a Hollywood recording studio leading seven instrumentalists and singers in rehearsal. They're running through "This Guy's in Love With You," the song the composer wrote with longtime lyricist Hal David that gave trumpeter-turned-record mogul Herb Alpert his first No. 1 hit single 35 years ago.
March 20, 2000 |
The Oscars are going to sound a lot different this year, as producers Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck try to "contemporize" the music with the help of co-musical directors Burt Bacharach and Don Was. How different?
June 18, 1999 |
The Orange County arrival of the New York-hatched revue of songs by composer Burt Bacharach and his longtime former lyricist colleague Hal David, "Back to Bacharach and David," at Saddleback College's Cabaret Theatre, would seem perfectly timed. After all, it's Austin Powers time, baby, and as any aficionado of London's grooviest spy knows, Bacharach is an essential part of the Austin experience.
February 15, 1999 |
Seeing Burt Bacharach conduct a pops orchestra in a program of his music may not be what it was like to see Stravinsky or Mahler conducting his own compositions. But when any composer stands before an orchestra, one expects a glimpse into the writer's thinking via the pace and emphasis of his conducting.
February 12, 1999 |
What if Buart Bacharach were starting out today, rather than basking in his recently acquired status as the hippest, most omnipresent 70-year-old in pop music? He says he would take the same approach he did 50 years ago. Instead of being consumed with mastering current trends and styles, the composer of "Alfie" and scores of other standards thinks aspiring hit-makers first should learn what it's all about by mastering the basics of music.
October 22, 1998 |
"Somehow I never imagined I'd be playing this guitar while wearing this tuxedo," Elvis Costello joked during his Universal Amphitheatre performance with Burt Bacharach on Tuesday, indicating the electric guitar he used to accompany an orchestrated version of his 1977 ballad "Alison." "You never know where the road is going to take you."