Monday, August 15, 2011

What The World Needs Now

What The World Needs Now..... is Love sweet Love.  Boy, it really seems like we need to resurrect this sentiment from 1965!  It was pathetically easy to find images of hate all over the internet.  I stayed out of politics for this blog, but was really dismayed to see the level of pure hatred that spews from the left and right in this country.  Sigh.  It is going to be an ugly election year......

"What the World Needs Now Is Love" is a 1965 popular song with lyrics by Hal David and music composed by Burt Bacharach. First recorded and made popular by Jackie DeShannon.

In June of 1968, following the shooting of Robert Kennedy but before he died (approximately 26 hours), the Jackie DeShannon version of this song was played over and over on Los Angeles radio stations as an audio vigil. This also continued for a few days following his death

London Riots 2011

This is just plain wrong regardless of your political persuasion..... 

And so is this....

I've been inspired by a jazz piano version of this song by David Hazeltine.  This guy is a great player and he really put a unique stamp on his rendition of the song.   I've had this in my "got to figure out what he's doing" folder.   I think between Ed and I we figured out some of the key musical ideas.  I have copied what I could - shamelessly.   Joe Gannon is accompanying me on electric guitar.  

Geek Alert

This song is recorded in 12/8 which is a strange time signature.  I'm not really sure what David Hazeltine used,  but Ed had the suggestion that it might be 12/8 which sounds close.

I'm trying a couple of new things in here.  One of them is to try to use some hand-over-hand arpeggios.  I've never really tried doing this the right way, so I've taken a few opportunities to give it a shot in this song.

I went to a concert-in-the-park with Cliff recently.  One of my old guitar teachers, Dale Freeman was playing with a jazz trio.  Dale was on jazz guitar, and he had an awesome keyboard player - Steven Higgs. Steven has this natural flow of right hand octave playing that really fills out a song.  I'm trying out a little more right hand octave playing on this song, and hope to be fluid with it some day.   


  1. Ken,
    This arrangement is really special.
    I combines elements of smooth jazz, mainstream jazz and foot-tapping fun. Your balance between the hands is excellent, the arpeggios are flowing and the bluesy elements make this accompaniment extremely effective.
    Well done! Keep up the great work.

  2. Thanks Ed! It sounded hip when I first heard it, and hopefully it sounds kind of hip in translation.

  3. Well, you certainly timed this perfectly! Or did I? Great as usual. We should really put down the gloves and bring on the hugs.
    Nice, Ken. Love you.