So instead of doing a major “let me remember all of songs that hit me like a ton of bricks and are my favorites of 2009” post closer to New Years I’ll probably do 10 or 15 posts over the next 3 weeks about songs that I’ll always associate with 2009.
The first song is Dionne Warwick “Who Gets The Guy” from her LP Very Dionne. It was also the last single she released before departing Scepter Records after 9 years of countless hits and classics to be adrift at Warner Brothers for 3 years, add an “e” to her last name at the advice of Astrologer Linda Goodman and well, just didn’t produce anything of note til her duet with the Spinners.
And here comes the point where you ask “Why Larry do you love this song”
And I have to say that I love how visual the lyrics are. Every time I listen to the song I see a forlorn girl/guy coming home to an empty apartment, being in a relationship with someone being “neither here nor there” for say… 2 years… and one of countless romantic comedies of cinema comes on… you know, those movies that make us have unrealistic standards of romance, and you start imagining yourself as the leading lady/guy and wonder if you yourself “get the guy” at the “end of the show” (like every happy ending, we all want one for ourselves in real life).
This song is every Saturday night in with me watching 13 going on 30, Bell Book and Candle or All Over The Guy summed up in 3 minutes and 21 seconds. I only watch those movies because I can dream through them and wish those happy endings would… someday, apply to my own life.
Add to that clever wordplay in Hal Davids lyrics, typical lazy jazz/soul/pop shmaltz of late 1960s Bacharach classics, and Dionne Warwick genuinely curious, bemused, worried, yet somehow apathetic and aware that happy endings don’t, almost never come true, but… the last
“Can’t you see I need you, I just has to be me….”
is the most heartbreaking croak of optimism in her career…
……fitting given that this is the last single before she ventured away from smaller more “family” orientated Scepter Records into the big bad world of major labels, lawsuits, and a nearly decade long period of major artisitc disappointments and few highlights.
Love this song…