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If Only, More Burt Bacharach

February 12, 2023

It is such a powerful, life changing word this “if.”

I choose such power as tribute to the great composer, Burt Bacharach, who died days back at the age of 93.

This day of if only more President Lincoln, juxtaposed with Roman Empire hype and that sorrowful path, juxtaposed with having gone down the path (I did know how to ride a bicycle and the other, had learned, is also not forgotten) of the beautiful love inducing songs composed by Mr. Bacharach, so many in collaboration with lyricist Hal David and sung by so many greats, most prolifically by Dionne Warwick.

Sure you do not know how the other stuff will manifest and give it something for that, however, the reality of the “against bitter reality” beauty of music, always helping, is by far, the better way to go. (You need not ask directions to “San Jose,” just tune it in).

I  think and marvel at the genius, joy, and barring “book/song banning,” (no given), what will be the everlasting, qualitative and quantitative work of Burt Bacharach.

The places one can go, as perhaps I will do today, in the dark, but brightened by Bacharach and his seminal songs.

Many, with far more musical knowledge than “sports” me, are surprised at some and that so many of the truly, great meaningful songs were composed by Burt Bacharach.

Thank goodness, there is access to them. It is in listening, watching and reflecting regarding their greatness, that I best pay tribute to Mr. Bacharach.

Amidst strife and there certainly is plenty, one need appreciate the great things in life, ones that bring tears of joy.

So often, and that is the enduring accomplishment, that beautiful feeling was delivered via a Burt Bacharach composition.


Burt’s words before he sings, adds to the fabulous song’s great meaning.


Paul Newman and Katharine Ross riding, B.J. Thomas singing and written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach.

To Burt–thank you for having your brilliance manifest, yielding so much joy to so many!


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