Letter to the editor: The genius of Burt Bacharach

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 01:13 AM

To the editor:

On Tuesday evening, June 4, PBS presented a special called “Burt Bacharach’s Best.”

Those of us who are old enough to be familiar with Mr. Bacharach’s music can attest to the fact that he is a genius at song writing, and his music will probably live forever in the minds and hearts of those who remember it.

Some of his songs were recorded by famous artists such as Dionne Warwick, Herb Alpert, The Fifth Dimension, The Carpenters, Tom Jones, Isaac Hayes and others.

A few of Mr. Bacharach’s songs are “The Look of Love,” “This Guy’s in Love with You,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” “Walk on By,” “One Less Bell to Answer,” “Close to You” and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head.”

But the tune and the lyrics that still linger with me are, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. That’s the only thing that the world has little of.” These words hold true today as they did the day that Burt Bacharach penned them.

However, in my opinion, instead of following Christ’s commandment, “That ye love one another as I have loved you,” we are prone to be self-righteous, judgmental, hypocritical, sanctimonious, selfish and intolerant.

So, instead of these negatives. Let’s try to follow the Golden Rule to the best of our abilities by treating others as we would like to be treated with the love expressed in Burt Bacharach’s lyrics.

Leatrice R. Pearson