WBEZ | isaac hayes http://www.wbez.org/tags/isaac-hayes Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Prayers, promises and Tulsa: The words of Hal David http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/prayers-promises-and-tulsa-words-hal-david-102196 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/7910661976_5b5f5fba77_z.jpg" style="float: left; height: 225px; width: 300px; " title="Hal David, right, with Burt Bacharach, middle, and Ed Ames, center. (Flickr/Tim Faracy)" /><strong>Tony Sarabia:</strong></p><p>When I was working at Domino&rsquo;s Pizza during my college days, one of my co-workers remarked during a conversation about music that he was more into words of a song than the music. Well, being deep into my Blue Note jazz love affair I strongly disagreed; not remembering my enthusiasm for Bob Dylan&rsquo;s poetry in high school or Tim Rice&rsquo;s &ldquo;Everything&rsquo;s Alright&rdquo; and his other gems from Jesus Christ Superstar, of which I knew all the words.</p><p>Boy we&rsquo;ve sure had some great lyricists throughout our country&rsquo;s musical history: Gershwin, Cole, Smokey, Joni, Cash and David.</p><p>For many, Hal David doesn&rsquo;t come to mind as quickly as the others but the titles of his songs are familiar even if you can&rsquo;t recite an entire Hal David song; he&rsquo;s written or co-written more than 700 tunes!</p><p>Among his more classic tunes: &quot;One Less Bell To Answer,&quot; &quot;Alfie,&quot; &quot;Walk On By,&quot; &quot;Close to You&quot; and &quot;A house Is Not A Home.&quot;</p><p>Hal David once said that unless he can create an emotion to which he can respond, he throws away the lyric. No wonder he was elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame; he had high standards.</p><p>David was most associated with Burt Bacharach, who wrote the music to many of David&rsquo;s most memorable songs. They met at the famous Brill Building in 1956 and scored their first hit, writing &ldquo;The Story of My Life&rdquo; for country singer Marty Robbins.</p><p>The songwriting pair&rsquo;s number one vehicle for their work was Dionne Warwick, whom David described as their &ldquo;magical interpreter.&quot; But Hal David&rsquo;s words were sung by scores of others from Sarah Vaughn and the Beatles to disco diva Gloria Gaynor and The Dells.</p><p>This week Richard and I (joined by&nbsp;Chicago-based singer Joanie Pallatto on<em> Eight Forty-Eight</em>)&nbsp;will survey some of David&rsquo;s notable songs as we pay tribute to a songsmith who was recently honored -- along with Bacharach -- by President Barack Obama, who said of the pair, &ldquo;there&rsquo;s an unmistakable authenticity, they captured the emotions of our daily lives &mdash; the good times, the bad times, and everything in between.&rdquo; Indeed. &nbsp;Farewell Hal David.</p><p>Here are few of my favorite interpretations of Hal David hits:</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe frameborder="0" height="250" src="https://rd.io/i/QX9-5DNNz8I" width="500"></iframe></p><p><strong>Isaac Hayes</strong> was a behind the scenes guy before releasing the 1969 landmark soul album <em>Hot Buttered Soul</em>, which kicks off with his rendition of <strong>&quot;Walk On By.&quot;</strong> He takes the pop flavored song made famous by Dionne Warwick and turns it inside out; complete with his baritone sing/speak and occasional wah- wah and fuzz guitar, wicked organ, strings &nbsp;and a trio of back up female backup singers. This version is a killer that&rsquo;s been sampled many times. &nbsp;&ldquo;Sock it to me Mama!&rdquo;</p><p>Canadian country-rock and folk duo <strong>Ian &amp; Sylvia </strong>recorded <strong>&quot;Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa&quot;</strong> in 1966, three years after the original recording by Gene Pitney three years earlier. The song has been covered by, among others, Dusty Springfield and Chet Baker, who keeps the southwest feeling with the addition of Mariachi brass. On their version, the duo replace the strings electric and acoustic guitar and some well-placed organ riffs. &nbsp;The song is mostly a showcase for Ian&rsquo;s voice with Sylvia provided falsetto harmonies.</p><p>We hit the dance floor for this take on<strong> &quot;I&nbsp;Say A Little Prayer&quot;</strong> by disco and soul diva <strong>Gloria Gaynor</strong>. It&rsquo;s got a Soul II Soul feel and her voice still hits the mark. Nothing more to say, gotta go dance now.</p><p><strong>Richard Steele:</strong></p><p>The late Hal David, who died Saturday, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1921. He was a lyricist who became one half of a very successful songwriting team with Burt Bacharach in the late &lsquo;50s through the early &lsquo;70s. Some of his and Bacharach&rsquo;s greatest successes were the result of a musical alliance with a former session singer named Dionne Warwick, which resulted in a long string of hits in the 1960s.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP520925018.jpg" style="height: 387px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="Sarah Vaughan in 1952. (AP/ho)" />Several years before he became Burt Bacharach&rsquo;s songwriting partner, David wrote a song called <strong>&ldquo;Broken Hearted Melody&rdquo;</strong> with Sherman Edwards. Jazz diva <strong>Sarah Vaughan</strong> recorded it in 1959, and it became a huge pop hit that gave Vaughan her first gold record. According to her bio, she wasn&rsquo;t that thrilled with the song and thought it was kind of silly. It was quite a departure for someone who is now in the Jazz Hall of Fame. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p>The team of&nbsp;<strong>David and Bacharach</strong> came up with the title song for the movie <strong><em>Alfie</em> </strong>that starred Michael Caine. The backstory is a bit complicated. When the musical duo were approached about doing the song, they immediately thought of their vocal muse, Dionne Warwick. But the movie producers said no. Since the film was being done in England, they insisted on a British vocalist. Hal and Burt went with Cilla Black instead. She really disliked the &ldquo;Alfie&rdquo; song -- with her British sensibility, she thought Alfie sounded like a dog&rsquo;s name. She did it anyway, and it had some success, but it wasn&rsquo;t used in the film. Actually, the song was only heard over the end credits, and that version was sung by Cher. That&rsquo;s because Cher was signed to a label that had a relationship with the film company. Her single was a non-starter. But finally, after countless unsuccessful versions by other singers, Dionne Warwick recorded it and the song became an &ldquo;instant&rdquo; classic. It was nominated for an Academy Award, and Warwick&rsquo;s performance at the Oscars was a show-stopper.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>David and Bacharach teamed up to write the song<strong> &ldquo;Wives and Lovers&rdquo;</strong> for a 1963 movie of the same name. You may be surprised to know that the song was not heard in any part of the movie, nor &nbsp;was it on the soundtrack. There was a little- known practice back then of writing movie &ldquo;exploitation songs.&rdquo; These were songs written using the title of the song (which, not so coincidentally, was also the movie title), as a device to promote a film. Every time you heard the song on the radio, you&rsquo;d think of the movie. The guy who recorded the song was a successful pop vocalist named Jack Jones, and he won a Grammy for his efforts.</p></p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/prayers-promises-and-tulsa-words-hal-david-102196 Illinois' longshot candidates: Who are they and why do they bother? http://www.wbez.org/story/angel-garcia/illinois-longshot-candidates-who-are-they-and-why-do-they-bother <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2010-October/2010-10-27/gop web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>You've heard of Lisa Madigan, no doubt. But have you heard of Steve Kim? You may know who David Orr is. But what about Angel Garcia? Those names you probably didn't recognize - they're on the ballot next week in Cook County and Illinois.&nbsp;But - excuse us for being frank - those candidates stand next to no chance of winning.</p><p>So what motivates them to challenge the odds? Why do they bother? To find out, we talked to some candidates who are longshots - or once were.<br /><br />Last weekend, Dan Rutherford was greeted a bit like a celebrity when he walked into a sparsely-furnished second floor office in Chicago&rsquo;s East Side neighborhood.</p><p>A Republican state senator from Chenoa, about two hours southwest of Chicago, Rutherford is a candidate for state treasurer.</p><p>RUTHERFORD: The people in Illinois - all the way from this 10th Ward, to the county of Cook, clear to deep Southern Illinois - they're mad.</p><p>Rutherford rallied the dozen or so local volunteers who would be passing out Republican campaign literature later in the day.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>He stood alongside 3 other Republican candidates - Angel Garcia running for Cook County clerk, Isaac Hayes for Congress, and Steve Kim, on the ballot for Illinois attorney general.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>RUTHERFORD: Is it alright with you guys, if I ask all of them to vote for the four of us?<em> (laughter)</em> Alright. We have a unanimous decision.</p><p>But unlike Rutherford, who is in a competitive race for treasurer against Democrat Robin Kelly, the three other Republicans at this small rally don't have much of a chance of winning. They are longshots. They know it. Rutherford knows it.</p><p>RUTHERFORD: Yup, it's an uphill battle. It's going to be really tough. But having gone through one of those myself, I appreciated it when someone I felt knew what they was doing would embrace me, encourage me, congratulate me for something good and to kind of give me the pat on the back.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Rutherford is referring to his own &quot;uphill battle&quot; four years ago, when he ran for Secretary of State against Jesse White. This year, he's got newspaper endorsements, raised a lot of money, and is running TV commercials.&nbsp;But back then, Jesse White crushed him by more than a million votes.&nbsp;That campaign, though, allowed Rutherford to introduce himself to voters, meet reporters and local leaders, basically - learn how to run a statewide campaign.</p><p>RUTHERFORD: Because now, when Dan Rutherford from central Illinois comes in to and talks on Korean radio - okay - and I was just there a couple days ago. When I go in and do Korean radio, it's like, 'Oh, senator, you're back again. Thank you.' So there's a familiarity that has come about because of that.</p><p>Rutherford has shared his experiences with Steve Kim, a lawyer and former aide to Governor Jim Edgar whose only elected office was as a trustee for Northbrook Township. He entered a race that no other Republican in Illinois dared enter - to challenge the incumbent attorney general, Lisa Madigan.</p><p>KIM: I think I have ideas and the background and experience that can help improve the lives of the people of this state. And that doesn't stop November 2nd. So the voters and the people of Illinois haven't heard the last of me.&nbsp;</p><p>Even though he's thinking beyond the election, Kim - like every candidate I talk to - says he's in this race to win it. But do they really believe it, and if so, how?&nbsp;Maybe there's some academic field that studies this stuff - perhaps a combination of political science and psychology.</p><p>KROSNICK: I am a political psychologist. So that means I study the psychology of political behavior.</p><p>And we have our expert. Jon Krosnick is with Stanford University. He heads up the political psychology institute there, and says there's a good reason these candidates say they're in it to win it. Because, he says, at least to some extent,&nbsp; they are.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>KROSNICK: We are all optimistic, by nature. That we cannot make it from day to day unless we live with what psychologists call positive illusions. And the idea that a candidate running says, 'Well, I could win,' you know that's not completely unreasonable.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>But longshot candidates don't all jump in the race for the same reasons, Krosnick says.&nbsp;He divides them into two categories.</p><p>KROSNICK: The first is that young candidates who are planning a long career in politics realize that the first time they run, they're not very well known, they're not very experienced and connected. But they've got to get their feet in the water in order to get a sense of how the process works and to begin to develop a reputation.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>So that's the first group. Longshot candidates in the second category, Professor Krosnick says, are motivated by message.&nbsp;For example, Ross Perot in his presidential campaigns. He mostly wanted to get a stage - in political debates or campaign commercials - to influence the issues and maybe get a bit of attention.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>KROSNICK: It's a very effective way of getting into a spotlight for a sustained period of time and getting lots of discussion about a particular philosophy.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Not all candidates, though, think they fall into Krosnick's two categories.</p><p>WALLS: I'm probably in that third category which is a person with a message who's watched sports and watched politics and I've seen the improbable become possible.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Bill &quot;Dock&quot; Walls is a community activist from Chicago who's launched campaigns in the past for Congress, for city clerk, for mayor, for governor, and now - again - for mayor.</p><p>HUDZIK: Is there a risk that you just get this label, perennial candidate, and then you're not taken seriously?<br /><br />WALLS: No. You know, the media would love to label me a perennial candidate. But most people in the African American community, most people in the progressive community, many people in the Latino community, don't even know what perennial means and they don't care. We teach our children if at first you don't succeed, try, try again. So when people speak of me they speak of me as someone who's undaunted and willing to take on the challenges.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>As Walls reminds me, longshot candidates sometimes - not often, perhaps - but sometimes, they win. And there is, I acknowledge, a <em>Catch-2</em>2 in my even labelling someone a longshot candidate.&nbsp;Those labels stick, reinforcing the idea that underdogs like Bill &quot;Dock&quot; Walls cannot possibly win. That doesn't exactly help a campaign attract volunteers or donations.</p><p>But candidates like Steve Kim have a plan for when reporters ask about their longshot status.</p><p>KIM: I stick to my message. And I stick to the positives. I stick to my background and experience, and I stick to what I'm going to do when I'm the state's next attorney general. Everyone else that wants to talk about an 'uphill battle,' I can't stop them from that.</p><p>A <em>Chicago Tribune</em> poll released this week shows Kim trailing Lisa Madigan by nearly 50-points.&nbsp;Regardless, Madigan a few weeks ago started playing T-V ads about her record.&nbsp;&nbsp;No matter why Madigan decided to spend money on ads, it makes Steve Kim a little proud.</p><p>After all, his opponent may be ignoring him, but at least she isn't ignoring the election.</p></p> Thu, 28 Oct 2010 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/angel-garcia/illinois-longshot-candidates-who-are-they-and-why-do-they-bother