Letters of Life

A Class Act

I’ve always liked this Burt Bacharach-Hal David composition. . . not an easy one to sing either. A lesser vocalist could sink to cheesy depths rendering it, but in the hands of masters like Dusty Springfield, and even better, Ronald Isley (of the soul band, The Isley Brothers) the song appropriately reaches the sublime.

This vid is a behind-the-scenes look at how the song was rearranged recently (2008) by the great composer himself working together with Ron Isley. I am working on playing the song on the keys, and the rhythm itself remains elusive. But as the great Jackie Chan said in the remake of The Karate Kid, my focus needs more focus. Practice, practice, practice. [As an aside, I don’t understand why Jaden Smith had first billing, but then again, the Fresh Prince still rules Bel-Air and then some.]

Trivia about The Look of Love
The song was designed as a centrepiece for the James Bond parody Casino Royale (1967).
It is featured in the scene where Ursula Andress as Vesper Lynd invites Peter Sellers as Evelyn Tremble to her gorgeously-decorated apartment, seen through a life-sized aquarium. I love the sunken living room upholstered in dusty blue and Ms Andress in bubblegum pink!
The minor-seventh and major-seventh chord changes lend that sultry air to the song.

I hope you enjoy the song. It’s a class act.

I’ve said this before: They don’t make songs like this anymore.


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