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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 05/08/2012

Read this: Prince Harry in D.C.; Burt Bacharach makes the magic happen

Prince Harry at the British Ambassador's Residence on Monday. See more photos of Prince Harry in Washington. (Susan Walsh/AP)
“He obligingly scooped shovelfuls of dirt around the tree and then obligingly pretended to get a stomach cramp from the exertion, which everyone applauded, and you thought: Now I get it. He really is astoundingly good at this royal thing. He really has mastered the art of standing, smiling, nodding, as if he didn’t have anything better to do than chat.”

— Our colleague Monica Hesse on Prince Harry’s visit to Washington.

(Courtesy A&M Records)

“You may write something, and you may think it’s good, but it lives or dies in the studio, in the performance. I’ve never been one for making a track and putting the singer on later. I want the singer to be influenced by what the drummer just played. I want the drummer to be influenced by the singer. A lot of magic can happen.”

Burt Bacharach explaining to our colleague Chris Richards how the magic happesn. Bacharach and songwriting partner Hal David will receive the Gershwin Prize at the White House tomorrow.

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