Sunday, September 02, 2012

Legendary Songwriter Hal David Has Died At Age 91

Music is the one art that reaches deep down into the soul and grabs it by the collar. It connects with us in a way no other thing on this planet can. One way music touches our lives is through lyrics and the industry lost one of its icons, Hal David at the age of 91.
For those not familiar with David, he is renowned for writing and co-writing some of the most famous songs we have come to know. According to his website,
If you've ever had a lyric running through your head, chances are you've heard the work of Hal David.
Some of David's credits include "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head", "What the World Needs Now is Love", "What's New Pussycat" and "To All the Girls I've Loved Before". From Top 40 hits to Grammy's and numerous awards including Hall of Fame status, David has impacted the music industry.

The gifted songwriter talks candidly on his website about the songwriting process and confirms much of how it really happens. That there isn't a formula, sometimes it flows smoothly and other times it is like rowing a boat upstream. Most often a lyric starts with a title. A line in a book I am reading may set me off. Other times some dialogue in a play or a movie becomes the catalyst. More often than not the idea just pops into my head-where it comes from I hardly ever know.
Hal David's passing was due to complications of a stroke. Deep condolences go out to his family during this time as well as sincere gratitude for contributions he made throughout his career.
The next time you have a lyric running through your head, think of Hal David and the many other talented songwriters who helped make that lyric addictive. He is a talent that will be missed.