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Hal David

David at the 2011 ASCAP concert[1]
Background information
Birth name Harold Lane David
Born (1921-05-25)May 25, 1921
New York City, New York, United States
Died September 1, 2012(2012-09-01) (aged 91)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Lyricist
Years active 1940s-2012
Associated acts

Burt Bacharach
Dionne Warwick

Rap culture is interesting and different and has purpose but it has a non-romantic view of life and of social feelings. There may be a void in that.
Hal David
Above all, I try to create an emotion to which others can respond.
Pop songs are not as graceful as they used to be. Performers today haven't gone through the regimen of learning how to write. And of course, everyone wants to own copyrights.
Hal David
The talent is always there and art is cyclical. I'm optimistic.
In writing, I search for believability, simplicity and emotional impact.
One thing a lyricist must learn is not to fall in love with his own lines. Once you learn that, you can walk away from the lyric and look at it with a reasonable degree of objectivity.
Hal David
It's not just a revue where one song is done, then another. There are concepts and ideas at work.
Hal David