Posts Tagged ‘A House Is Not a Home’

rumer_this_girlSince the project was announced, I’ve assumed that Rumer’s This Girl’s in Love: A Bacharach & David Songbook, which is now slated for release on November 25th, will be a positively sublime collection based on the theory of “That Voice + Those Songs = Aural Bliss.” And, now, here’s proof that the theory has, at last, become a law:

True, 30-second clips of the songs may not tell the entire story…but they tell enough. So, for today’s Top 5: That Voice + Those Songs = Aural Bliss.

1) “Walk on By” –

2) “Balance of Nature” =

3) “(They Long to Be) Close to You” –

The above three tracks have already been released to folks who’ve preordered the album on iTunes. These next two are performances from (long) before this particular project, but they point out just how well Rumer’s voice meshes with Bacharach-David songs:

4) “A House Is Not a Home” –

5) “What the World Needs Now” –

And here’s one bonus, from a performance with the Metropole Orchestra in 2011. (That entire show, which was broadcast on the radio, should be officially released at some point, as it’s truly astounding.)

IMG_4223Big news out of Rumer land: The sublime singer-songwriter is slated to make a record of Burt Bacharach-Hal David songs – and has solicited suggestions from fans as to which ones they should be. So, for today’s Top 5: Bacharach-David songs that she should consider for the project.

Of course, the songwriting pair has written many classic tunes, including “Do You Know the Way to San Jose,” “Walk on By,” “(They Long to Be) Close to You,” “I Say a Little Prayer” and “What the World Needs Now Is Love.” All great choices. I thought I’d go a slightly different route, however, with this first of two Top 5s, and make it a double-themed endeavor that also spotlights one of my favorite singers, Dusty Springfield. (And, yes, you read right: Today’s Top 5 is a twin spin.)

1) “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself.” Originally sung by Tommy Hunt in 1962, but definitively covered by Dusty Springfield, who had a No. 3 hit with it in the U.K. two years later.

2) “Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa.” A country & western-flavored story-song about a guy leaving his gal for another. Few thought twice about it when it was a hit for Gene Pitney in 1963, but when Dusty covered it a year later the switch in gender perspective caused a minor uproar. Why? Because, well, it was 1964.

3) “A House Is Not a Home.” Dionne Warwick had the honors with the original version, which cracked the Top 100 in 1964; and Rumer herself sang it at the White House a few years back (see below for that). But, for the purposes of this Top 5, here’s Dusty singing it with Burt Bacharach on his “Another Evening with” 1970 TV special:

4) “The Look of Love.” A stone-cold Dusty classic that garnered Bacharach-David an Oscar nomination due to its use in the 1967 spy spoof Casino Royale.

5) “This Girl’s in Love With You.” Covered numerous times by many people, both as “Guy” and “Girl.” Herb Albert had a No. 1 hit with it in 1968, and Dionne Warwick scored a No. 7 hit with it a year later. This, though, is my favorite version. Why? It’s Dusty.

And now… the second Top 5 for today, this one of Bacharach-David songs that Rumer has already covered.

1) “Alfie.”

2) “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” – with the Dutch Metropole Orchestra.

3) “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.”

4) “What the World Needs Now.”

5) “A House Is Not a Home.”