I was transported Sunday to 1966 dream-like at Joe’s LB in Boise with a combo performing “The Look of Love.” Actually I was at the Bloomington Black Box Theater listening to Jennifer Eckes performing that same haunting melody which was also a hit for Brazil 66.
“What the World Needs Now: The Songs of Burt Bacharach and Hal David” was a much appreciated salute by singer Eckes and Arnie Fogel, longtime Twin Cities performer and radio personality. It was sobering to see the advanced ages of all those attending yesterday because I consider B&D music cool and contemporary and how did we all get so old?
Forty-five years ago as young adults we had music choices. We could hear B&D music on MOR radio stations such as KHJ, LA; KFRC, SF; and KBOI and KIDO, Boise. I think those stations rivaled the Top 40 in listenership back then. Now I listen to B&D music on Pandora.
The highlight of the show was Eckes singing “One Less Bell” in a mash-up with “A House is Not a Home.” The musical backup was minimal and of course a synthesizer or an orchestra would have been ideal, but then we were in a very small theater.
Eckes is a performer who deserves a bigger audience and I hope she gets it.