Warwick took to Twitter to convey her disappointment with “Bridgerton,” as she has been known to have done last year. In a strange twist of fate that could only have happened in 2020 (and through 2021), Warwick has risen to become social media king. The 80-year-old singer, known as Burt Bacharach’s muse and the soothing voice that’s always there to remind us not to miss San Jose, added Queen of Twitter – she now has more than 530,000 Followers – on their résumé last year. It’s another chapter in her career. It may not be as famous as her dozen of hits from the 60s to 80s, but she likes to ride along.
I ate a whole bag of Quaker butter popcorn rice chips the other day. I did this for those who are wondering how the pandemic is going for me.
– Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) January 30, 2021
It’s worth noting that Twitter isn’t the only technology Warwick has embraced since the pandemic began. She gave a live stream concert at Easter and will do it again on Sunday with two performances for Mother’s Day (details at www.boxoffice.mandolin.com).
But it’s her playful interactions with “the babies” on Twitter that has recently put Warwick in the spotlight. They have become so popular that Saturday Night Live forged them with funny results.
“I turned it on and there she was (Ego Nwodim, who plays Warwick in the sketches) and called Billie Eilish ‘Billie Eyelash’ and I fell off my chair,” says Warwick. “I thought it was wonderful. I laughed as much as everyone else. “
Warwick also enjoys the sketches (there have been two so far) because “they may not know, but they keep Dionne Warwick alive. My name is out there again and there’s nothing wrong with that. “
And when she laughed at “SNL” and Twitter, the million dollar smile shone again over Zoom. It seemed like a good time to ask some powerful questions.
Q. I am going to warn you that I am a Dionne Warwick fan so you will get some deep questions from me.
A. OK, I’m ready for this.
Q. I think my favorite album of yours is 1969’s “Soulful” which did not contain any Bacharach songs. It felt like such a revelation when I first heard it. You really have let go in a way that I don’t think many people would expect from you. I wonder if it was difficult to get something this raw instead of taking your usual smooth approach. Your version of “We Can Work It Out” is incredible.
A. This album was born out of a desire to sing these particular songs. You know, I was just as much a fan of these songs as anyone. When I was offered the opportunity, I felt, “Yes. OK. Let’s really find the right songs, the right musicians, and the right atmosphere. “I had the best time with it. I really did.
Hello @chancetherapper. If you are clearly a rapper, why did you include it in your stage name? I can’t stop thinking about it.
– Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) December 5, 2020
Q. When these Burt Bacharach and Hal David songs were written in the 1960s, it seemed like every singer, especially in England, wanted to record them. Did you ever get the feeling that singers came in and tried to steal these songs from you before you had a chance to record and release them?
A. Many of them just seemed to be waiting to see what would come next. As soon as they heard a piece of music they believed they could handle, they would try. Not too many people can sing Bacharach and David, so they chose the easier ones. These songs were written especially for me.
Q. What did you think when you heard Sandie Shaw’s version of “(There is always) something to remind me”?
A. Well, let’s put it this way: It was very different from my interpretation. I think that’s the diplomatic way of saying it.
Q. I look forward to your upcoming Mother’s Day concerts. I missed your Easter Sunday concert. Tell me about the setlist.
A. Of course, I did everything that everyone expected of me. A couple of things I haven’t done in a while. I’ve traveled back in time and found some songs that I miss myself. And as it turned out, everyone seemed very pleased with my choices. Before I started rehearsing for the show, I hadn’t sung a note in over a year. There were a few creaks and croaks, but no one seemed to notice.
Q. Thanks for letting me out. I better stop here before I ask about your amazing 1970 TV special. But one more quick nerd question: are there any songs in your catalog that you wish you never had to sing again?
A. No, and I can honestly say that because each of them is the reason I’m talking to you. I’ve heard a lot of artists say, “Oh, I have to sing that song all over again.” and my answer is always, “Yes, you better sing that song.”
Q. Not to dwell on Twitter, let’s go back and talk about Twitter for a moment. Just wonder why you decided to take the plunge and if you ever thought you were a Twitter superstar?
Please stop and think, “Would I tell my nana that?” … If the answer is NO, then don’t tell Dionne Warwick (also someone’s Nana) 😂
– Dionne Warwick (@dionnewarwick) January 4, 2021
A. It’s a very pleasant accident. I watched my nieces and nephews at home one afternoon. They just laughed and giggled and carried on. I said “what’s up?” They told me they were on Twitter and I said, “What is Twitter?” They were having so much fun that I wanted to get into it. So they set me up. I wanted to laugh too. But when I turned on I noticed that some not very nice things were being said. So I went on Twitter and said to these babies, “You know, that’s not pretty.”
I say things that make you think. Now that I am there, they feel the presence of an adult and an adult who has the ability to be honest and honest. They respond to what is wonderful. They have reached the point where they ask me questions and I give them honest answers. They all needed that. It’s easier to leave with a smile than anything else. And I think they really get that. I love to laugh and I love to smile so let’s all try to practice that.
The interview has been edited and condensed.
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