A House Is Not A Home
As this is the 100th post in this series, I saved one of my favourites especially to feature it here. The wonderful songwriting team of Hal David and Burt Bacharach has featured previously on this blog, with the marvellous ‘Look Of Love’, and others. This song is actually from a film soundtrack, and sung by Brook Benton in the original version. The single was recorded by Dionne Warwick, a Bacharach regular, and was released in 1964 also.
Burt gave a fair rendition of the song himself, in his younger days, and so many cover versions followed, I would not have room to list them all here. Perhaps the best known version was in 1981, by Luther Vandross, on his debut album. But it has also been recorded by Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and was sung accompanied by Bacharach on the piano and vocals, by Dusty Springfield.
Like most love songs, it is about loss and loneliness. Even though I was only twelve years old when I first heard it, and had never been in love, I could sense something timeless in both the lyrics and music. To some listeners in the 21st century, those who are often more involved in their music than I was back then, it may seem over-sentimental, and somewhat too emotional.
All the better for that, as far as I’m concerned.
I would like to include at least four versions of this song, but I will have to restrict myself to one version from a female vocalist, and one from a male. The first is by the Dutch singer, Trijnte Oosterhuis, giving the song the grand theatre it deserves. The second is from Luther Vandross, singing what became one of his signature songs, live. He made Dionne Warwick cry with the emotion in his voice. I make no apology for including two versions. After all, it’s the hundredth significant song.