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My Passion for Burt Bacharach's Music

Updated on March 1, 2016
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Ms. Charito is a Filipino based in Manila. She has worked as an executive assistant and a journalist. She is a widow with a grown-up son.

Burt Bacharach in Antwerpen in 2009
Burt Bacharach in Antwerpen in 2009 | Source


All my life, I have been listening to a wide variety of music. Yet, nothing soothes me more than the classic sounds of Burt Bacharach.

There’s just something in his songs that makes me want to bring out my album collection after a crazy day at the office, or when I’m depressed, or when I’m simply just bored. I’d start playing the old-time favorites - Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head, The Look of Love, This Guy's In Love With You, Reach Out for Me, (They Long to Be) Close to You, Walk On By, Wives and Lovers, Make It Easy On Yourself, Don't Go Breaking My Heart, Don't Make Me Over, One Less Bell to Answer, Alfie, The April Fools, (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me, Do You Know the Way to San Jose? These are just to name a few.


The late Hal David in his younger years
The late Hal David in his younger years | Source

On Hal David’s lyrics

Perhaps it’s the unique way Bacharach fuses ballad and jazz into a charming rhythmic pattern that so captivates me. And I love Hal David’s lyrics! They’re timeless and speak a great deal of life’s valuable lessons like what the world needs now is love, sweet love. When I was a pre-teen attempting to write music, I would pattern my lyrics on those of David’s. I’d try to come up with rhyme similar to "A guy with a pin to burst your bubble / That's what you get for all your trouble." But inexperienced as I was, I never came close to it.


My love for Broadway musicals

I love Broadway musicals, but I’ve never seen or gotten hold of the soundtrack Promises, Promises. Yet, this title tune and the hits I Say A Little Prayer, I'll Never Fall In Love Again and Knowing When to Leave (the late Karen Carpenter's version is just amazing!) never fail to allure me.

When Ross Hunter’s film Lost Horizon was shown in Manila’s cinemas in 1973, I just had to watch it! I was a fourth grader back then, and I didn’t care much about the cast nor the story. Nor did I care if it was listed as one of the worst pictures in the Guinness Book of World Records. All I wanted was to do was..yes, listen to the score! It was, of course, by Bacharach and David! And it’s strange how it was only a few years back that I finally bought the soundtrack in CD form. This includes the hit Living Together, Growing Together. Though not too popular, one of my favorite tracks is I Might Frighten Her Away which I consider a delightful duet for mushy love song suckers like me.

Here’s “I Might Frighten Her Away” from "Lost Horizon". I'm a sucker for duets and I love this song. Just listen to the guitar.

Great instrumentals

On a long road trip, I enjoy listening to Nikki and Pacific Coast Highway, two of Bacharach’s instrumentals. I would also recommend instrumental enthusiasts to listen to Time and Tenderness (the seductive sound of the horn section is just awesome!) and Another Spring Will Rise from the 1977 album Futures.

Here's how "Nikki" sounds :

Here’s “Time and Tenderness”. Dig the sound of the horn section!

Which of the above melodies did you enjoy listening to?

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Carole Bayer Sager, talented songwriter who collaborated with Bacharach in the ‘80s
Carole Bayer Sager, talented songwriter who collaborated with Bacharach in the ‘80s | Source

On Carole Bayer Sager

When Bacharach teamed up, married, and eventually divorced lyricist Carole Bayer Sager (who wrote the popular That's What Friends Are For), he produced, in the early ‘80s, her solo album Sometimes Late at Night which is perhaps unknown to many Bacharach fans. It contains a string of mellow and soft rock tunes, one of my favorites being Just Friends (Sager’s duet with the late Michael Jackson). I recall how I used to pester my sisters who travelled frequently to the U.S. to get me this album – by hook or by crook! They would return to Manila empty-handed, relating to me how their search in “every record bar in the U.S.” ended in vain. “Are you sure it exists?” they would joke me, and I would retort, “Of course, it does!” Thanks to the advent of the YouTube, I finally searched and found the album - and downloaded it!

Indeed, my passion for Burt Bacharach’s music will never die. It’s something I’d like to pass on to future generations of music lovers.

Despite the advent of metallic rock and punk, I still love listening to the music of the '60s and the '70s. But even as the artists come and go - The Sandpipers, The Lettermen, The Association, Sergio Mendes - nothing can ever relax me more than Burt Bacharach's melodies.

It's his music that I'd like to pass on to the younger generation.

Here are a couple of other Burt Bacharach albums which I treasure! They'll surely enrapture you the way they did me.

The Best of Burt Bacharach
The Best of Burt Bacharach

This 20-track album includes the hits "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?", "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head", "The Look of Love", "This Guy's In Love With You", "(They Long to Be) Close to You", "Make It Easy On Yourself", "One Less Bell to Answer", "I Say A Little Prayer", "I'll Never Fall In Love Again", "Knowing When to Leave" and "Pacific Coast Highway".

 
Futures
Futures

This album has the soothing melodies of "No One Remembers My Name", "The Young Grow Younger Every Day", "Time and Tenderness" and "Another Spring Will Rise".

 

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  • Charito1962 profile imageAUTHOR

    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    2 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    Hi, Ms. Mary! Glad to know you also like his music! I have yet to see him perform live. Warm regards!

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    Mary Hyatt 

    2 years ago from Florida

    I play piano, and have the sheet music for many of Burt's songs! I had the pleasure of seeing him live in concert many years ago.

    I enjoyed reading about him today.

    Voted UP, and shared.

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    Kristina 

    3 years ago

    I think Hal David and Burt Bacharach went their separate ways sotimeme during the recording of the "Lost Horizon" soundtrack. In the 80s, his lyricist was his then wife Carol Bayer Sager and they wrote some of the best and most memorable songs for that decade - Reservations For Two, Love Power, Love Is Fire (Love Is Ice), On My Own, Arthur's Theme, Stronger Than Before, etc.

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    vsajewel 

    3 years ago

    Great music and nice article...thanks!

  • Charito1962 profile imageAUTHOR

    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    3 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    Glad you enjoy Bacharach!

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    askformore lm 

    3 years ago

    I like to listen to music/songs by Burt Bacharach. In particular when I am driving in my car.

    His songs are played very often on the radio. Many people listen to it, recognize it, and like it, ... even though they might not know that it is music by Burt Bacharach.

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    LornsA178 

    4 years ago

    I always enjoys mellow kind of music. Nice choice of songs!

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @Natalie W Schorr: That's right!

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    Natalie W Schorr 

    4 years ago

    A blast from the past!

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    Karen 

    4 years ago from U.S.

    I've enjoyed listening to the music you feature on this page. I used to listen to Burt Bacharach's music more often, but it's been a long time since I thought about him. It was fun to "rediscover" him.

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    Anna 

    4 years ago from chichester

    Oh I loved "I might frighten her away" - the guitar's lovely! I hadn't ever listened to any of Burt Bacharach's music before, and I'm glad I did!

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @Felicitas: Glad you like Bacharach!

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    Felicitas 

    4 years ago

    What a great collection of truly beautiful music. I listened to him a lot when I was younger. "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" always reminds me of my mother. She always used to sing that song. It makes me smile and also makes me sad now.

    Very nice.

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    Fay Favored 

    4 years ago from USA

    He's a very talented man. Some of his songs are calming.

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    MariaMontgomery 

    4 years ago from Central Florida, USA

    He is still one of my favorites. Great lens.

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    RoadMonkey 

    4 years ago

    I still love listening to his songs, especially, "This guy's in love with you". Great lens.

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @takkhisa: Glad you do!

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    Takkhis 

    4 years ago

    I like the lyrics very much :)

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @shadowfast7: Hope you liked it!

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    Sure Temp 

    4 years ago

    my first time listening :)

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @DeborahDian: Glad you like his music.

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    Deborah Carr 

    4 years ago from Orange County, California

    I have always loved Burt Bacharach. Years ago, I got to see him perform life. A great memory!

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @WriterJanis2: He really has! Hope you like listening to his music.

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    Gloria Freeman 

    4 years ago from Alabama USA

    Hi thanks for sharing his music with us.

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    WriterJanis2 

    4 years ago

    He has written so many great songs.

  • Charito1962 profile imageAUTHOR

    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @flinnie lm: You're welcome. Hope you enjoyed listening to him.

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @julieannbrady: He sure is! Glad you enjoy listening to him.

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    julieannbrady 

    4 years ago

    I think Burt Bacharach was a pioneer for this kind of intelligent, good music and good lyrics.

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @teresita-d-montecillo: Yes, Bacharach is worth listening to with any activity!

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @teresita-d-montecillo: Why, hello! Nice to hear from you! Glad you also like Bacharach!

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    teresita-d-montecillo 

    4 years ago

    I listen as I work/read to the tune of Bacharach

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    teresita-d-montecillo 

    4 years ago

    I enjoy listening to Bacharach music.

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @Doc_Holliday: Why, hello there! Nice to know we have something in common. I'm Ms. Charito from Manila, Philippines.

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    Doc_Holliday 

    4 years ago

    I have to confess I am a Burt fan - and Karen Carpenter, Barry Manillow and Paul Williams.

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @purayasmin: Yes, Bacharach lives on!

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    purayasmin 

    4 years ago

    yasmin- "There's Always Something There To Remind Me " The legacy of Burt Bacharach will be his great music. Major hits in all genres of music & his songs are endlessly reinterpreted.

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @titat-ledesma: Why, hello there! Glad to know you're also a Bacharach fan!

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    titat-ledesma 

    4 years ago

    Burt Bacharach's music in an indelible part of my childhood! My favorites till now are A House is not a home and One less bell to answer... and the music of Lost Horizon...love his voice too :)

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @acmmelchor: That's good to know. Try listening to Bacharach and enjoy his music!

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @ahmlaw: Hi, there! Glad to know you appreciated "Lost Horizon" back then.

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    acmmelchor 

    4 years ago

    I also like going back to the classics every once in a while (although my generation has a different meaning for the word "classic").

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    ahmlaw 

    4 years ago

    This is great, and brings back some wonderful memories. We all listened to him in high school, and I remember playing Lost Horizon so many times, I still remember all the lyrics of all the songs! I hope the new generation/s discover him..

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @gerberjoy: He really is the best!

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    gerberjoy 

    4 years ago

    This brings back good memories.. You're absolutely right-- Bacarach songs have the best melodies and lyrics.

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @monica-melchor22: Yes, it's great to know how a song can really evoke warm feelings. That's why you should listen more to Bacharach.

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @maryann722001: That's good to know!

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    maryann722001 

    4 years ago

    Hi there Charito, great lens! I like Burt Bacharach and Carol Bayer Sager too :)

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    monica-melchor22 

    4 years ago

    I agree that there's comfort in the familiar. It's nice how a song can continue to evoke warm memories/feelings even after decades have passed :)

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    Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

    4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

    @joseph-anthony-montecillo: Oh, thanks for reading my page! Hope you start listening to Bacharach.

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    joseph-anthony-montecillo 

    4 years ago

    Hey kids, give this a read and share with your friends ;)

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