Burt Bacharach died yesterday.
My Dad was my first and main music influencer in my life, and if he'd entirely had his way, I would have grown up listening only to bebop jazz - and specifically only to artists of whom he approved - and orchestral music, post-Baroque but pre-Minimalist.
But I was born in 1971, and I wasn't raised in total social isolation. I was bound to hear Burt Bacharach, and I loved Bacharach melodies and sounds always. I'm sorry, Dad! I love him!
This week's Phoole & the Gang show has a theme already and it isn't Burt Bacharach. I might do a Bacharach Loungecore special next week to commemorate the sad occasion - but in the meantime, here are some of my favorite Bacharach tunes and tributes.
I am buried in work this week and don't have time to write little paragraphs illustrating why I love these tunes, so please listen to them, love them yourself, and discover why you love them.