Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Great Regulars: I asked a very accomplished songman,

Paul Williams ("We've Only Just Begun" and much else), who is president and chairman of the board of the music company ASCAP, what he valued about his friend's lyrics. In an e-mail, Williams nailed it.

"Part of the magic and beauty of the Bacharach-David collaboration," he wrote, "was that Hal was able to fashion such simple, direct, and poignant lyrics to Bacharach's melodically and rhythmically sophisticated music. It takes a master lyricist to be able to do that so artfully. Hal was the perfect wordsmith for Burt's musical flights of fancy. The combination of their two sensibilities gave their songs a freshness and immediacy that still endures today."

from John Timpane: The Philadelphia Inquirer: Hal David: People's English and modern tales, to sophisticated music


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