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by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Jan 04, 2021 11:04 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi Live Stream New Year`s Eve
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: Hiromi Live Stream New Year`s Eve

I`m not sure why this topic is still receiving hits. I hope those who saw her performance enjoyed it. I was pleased to see her wearing her trademark sneakers and not masked. (I streamed a New York show by Trio 3 - Plus One a while back and all four musicians were masked - in an empty club). Hiromi i...
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Dec 18, 2020 12:33 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi Live Stream New Year`s Eve
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: Hiromi Live Stream New Year`s Eve

Minor correction to the above:
Your access code will only allow for one concurrent stream i.e. You can either watch it live or stream it on demand once the following day...not both.
(Makes no sense to me, either but I wasn`t consulted).
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Dec 18, 2020 8:04 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Hiromi Live Stream New Year`s Eve
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Hiromi Live Stream New Year`s Eve

The great jazz pianist Hiromi is performing a benefit for the NYC Blue Note from its counterpart in Tokyo starting at 11:00pm EST December 31 (adjust your time accordingly). There`s an encouragement to make a donation to the club, but you can stream the performance live and/or watch it all the next ...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sun Dec 13, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Blue Umbrella with 2 bonus tracks
Replies: 13
Views: 1280

Re: Blue Umbrella with 2 bonus tracks

Also in the interview transcript was Tashian`s expressed wish that "...when we get '20th Century Man' up and running..." that Burt sing the vocal. I can`t imagine that at all; but it was also what tipped me to the fact that the two additional tracks were recorded at a later session than that (those?...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:30 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Blue Umbrella with 2 bonus tracks
Replies: 13
Views: 1280

Re: Blue Umbrella with 2 bonus tracks

According to the interview transcript, Tashian dabbled in the music (as did "Elvis") during their collaboration. This, no doubt, explains some of the non-Bacharachian bars here and there.
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Dec 11, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Sun Also Rises: new Bacharach & Federer song
Replies: 3
Views: 396

Re: The Sun Also Rises: new Bacharach & Federer song

I`m genuinely happy that this evens the balance of their collaborations. "Blanket Capes" and "Great Divide" were dismissible by my choosy ears. Along with "Bridges", the present song is excellent. I`m now eager to hear more.
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Nov 25, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Blue Umbrella with 2 bonus tracks
Replies: 13
Views: 1280

Re: Blue Umbrella with 2 bonus tracks

Just to dispel some of the mystery, the female singers throughout are Sarah Buxton and Jessie Baylin. If anyone knows who either of them is, please let us know.
by Blair N. Cummings
Tue Nov 24, 2020 12:00 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Blue Umbrella with 2 bonus tracks
Replies: 13
Views: 1280

Re: Blue Umbrella with 2 bonus tracks

No, I couldn`t afford this exorbitantly priced thing either - but I ordered it anyway. Given the scathing review of the American product (NOT the music) on Amazon, I`m glad I did. This is a genuine CD on a Sony imprint (Yellow Dog) and contains printed lyrics, full production and musician credits an...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Oct 10, 2020 4:45 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: The Great Divide
Replies: 6
Views: 1152

Re: The Great Divide

Why do almost all political lyrics come off as soft-headed and sentimental? Is it because actual political conduct (on all sides) is, perforce, hard-headed to the point of near-sociopathy and the very act of writing anything (excepting perhaps arrest warrants and ransom notes) a romantic act? The so...
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Aug 15, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Two New Rarity Collections, Cont`d
Replies: 6
Views: 2414

Re: Two New Rarity Collections, Cont`d

Your youth is showing.
I agree that it sounds egregiously overdone now, but it was very much consonant with the arranging style(s) of its time.
by Blair N. Cummings
Sat Aug 15, 2020 5:51 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Irish Times Article
Replies: 5
Views: 995

Re: Irish Times Article

I agree, especially considering that JW called it a day (apparently, a career) in his mid-forties. It has been privately murmured that JW`s coke habit and PCP overdose destroyed his ability to compose. If so, wouldn`t it be interesting to hear from Webb, himself, on the subject rather than the worth...
by Blair N. Cummings
Fri Aug 14, 2020 3:54 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Irish Times Article
Replies: 5
Views: 995

Re: Irish Times Article

I know I`m a minority of one in disliking "With a Voice" and "Live to See..." but I think "...St Augustine" and particularly "Blue Umbrella" are as good as his best with "Elvis Costello."
by Blair N. Cummings
Wed Aug 12, 2020 8:13 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 'Blue Umbrella'..'We Go Way Back'...'Whistling in the Dark' ..'Bacharach / Tashian
Replies: 10
Views: 1667

Re: 'Blue Umbrella'..'We Go Way Back'...'Whistling in the Dark' ..'Bacharach / Tashian

With these songs (particularly for me, the title track) and Bridges, Burt is back - intentionally or not beginning to atone in a major way for the B-S years.
by Blair N. Cummings
Mon Jul 20, 2020 9:48 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: 'Midnight Watch' ...new Bacharach / Tashian song.
Replies: 11
Views: 1872

Re: 'Midnight Watch' ...new Bacharach / Tashian song.

This is a controversial opinion, but I think that Carole was the worst influence on Burt. Yes, pop music had changed by the eighties, but he should have let her write lyrics while he went ahead and composed the way he always had done. Does anyone think - seriously - that stuff like "Love Power" is a...