Saturday, May 23, 2009

Saturday Music for Solitary Souls

It's Memorial Day weekend. Traditionally, most suburbanites grill and open up their backyard swimming pools. This seems to be occurring in the neighbor's yard behind the abode of THE FUTURIST! He heard little Jason Endicott howling with pleasure; not due to the imminent possibilities of frolicking in the water, but because his father uncovered the carcass of a dead squirrel that had gotten trapped under the pool tarp during the Autumn or Winter. Regardless what season the little rodent met its dreadful end, it seems to have delighted the sadistic/immature gross-out sensabilities of an 8 year old boy.

Otherwise, Utter Despair seems a bit deserted. Many have gone away for the 3 day weekend to endure family or friend social gatherings at the beach or a country cabin. This Saturday's music selection is from one of THE FUTURIST!'s favorite composers. There is nothing more, musically, to make him smile than the melodies of Mr. Burt Bacharach. This election is an obscure Bacharach/Hal David composition and is sung by B.J. Thomas who also warbled their tune Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head. It starts off in a odd OOM PAH PAH German tuba style, but quickly acquires the familiar sound of Bacharach. It has a melancholy feel, much like Raindrops. You can hear that singular style of Bacharach that brings to mind a bit of tinkly ragtime; the feeling you get from looking at old sepia colored photos. Throw a hissy fit and wave your hand at THE FUTURIST! in disgust, but Bacharach is a genius. Listen:


performed by B.J. Thomas


Dara said...

No hissy fit required. Burt's the man. I knew B.J.'s voice sounded familiar, didn't realise he sang Raindrops. What do you think of Burt's cameos in Austin Powers?


Any appearance by Burt Bacharach is appreciated, however THE FUTURIST! finds his singing voice is equal to a cat being feed through a garbage disposal. Play the piano, Burt, and let others sing your masterpieces.