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What's the big deal about Barbra Streisand?

 
 
Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 12:30 pm
Ok, with the recent appearance in the news I realized (again) that this is a mega celebrity that I don't get. I know she's probably talented, and that a lot of people love her but I don't think I can name a single one of her songs.

Any fans out there or people who can turn me on to what makes her so popular? I doubt I'll become a fan myself just because it doesn't seem my style and I'm picky with music, but I'd like to better understand what her draw is, so if you could explain it and/or recommend some arch-typical songs she'd recorded I'd appreciate it.
 
panzade
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 12:40 pm
I m blase about Barbara...but I did enjoy this movie early in her career.

A good netflix


http://www.britposters.com/images/the%20owl%20and%20the%20pussycat%20320x240.jpg

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edgarblythe
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 12:43 pm
I like several of her songs, particularly, My Heart Belongs to Me. I can't watch her act, however.
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Francis
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 12:54 pm
Same as Edgar, I like some of her songs, especially By the way, but I have mixed feelings about her acting and her demeanor in life..
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sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 01:02 pm
@Robert Gentel,
I don't have a personal opinion about her -- she didn't make enough of an impact before I became deaf, though I did hear her at least a few times -- but I thought this article was interesting.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/27/arts/music/27tomm.html

It made me go "Oh, OK, that's why some people are crazy about her."
djjd62
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 01:07 pm
as a kid we owned this album

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/4/4e/Color_Me_Barbra.jpg

1. "Yesterdays" (Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern) " 3:05
2. "One Kiss" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg) " 2:11
3. "The Minute Waltz" (L. O'Kun) " 1:59
4. "Gotta Move" (Peter Matz) " 2:01
5. "Non C'est Rien" (Michael Jourdan, A. Canfora, J. Baselli) " 3:27
6. "Where or When" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) " 3:06
7. Medley " 9:00
1. "Animal Crackers in My Soup"
2. "Funny Face"
3. "That Face"
4. "They Didn't Believe Me"
5. "Were Thine That Special Face"
6. "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face"
7. "Let's Face the Music and Dance"
8. "Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long"
9. "What's New Pussycat?"
10. "Small World"
11. "I Love You"
12. "I Stayed Too Long At The Fair"
13. "Look at That Face"
8. "C'est Si Bon (It's So Good)" (Jerry Seelan, Andre Hornez, H. Betti) " 3:40
9. "Where Am I Going?" (Dorothy Fields, Cy Coleman) " 2:50
10. "Starting Here, Starting Now" (Richard Maltby, Jr., David Shire) " 2:53

i loved the medley
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McTag
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 01:21 pm

Git adda here!

Ms Streisand has a set of the finest pipes known to man, and has a great technique and a fine way with a ballad. Also comedy.

Okay she's a bit over-the-top at times, but she's Jewish. Or so they say.
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JPB
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 01:27 pm
Check out the soundtrack to "Funny Girl". It was fantastic.
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Shapeless
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 01:29 pm
Here's a helpful analysis:




Make sure to listen through the whole thing... after he talks about things he loves about Streisand, he gets into things he doesn't like, and it's a hoot.
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Letty
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 01:53 pm
Sometimes she's good and sometimes not so good, but I love her doing this one.

Reminds me of Billie Holiday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzQb2uJfMX0&feature=related

Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 02:13 pm
@Robert Gentel,
She has a fantastic voice, a dynamite delivery and isn't too shabby an actress. And, to her credit, imo, never bothered to let a plastic surgeon fix her nose. What's not to like?
farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 02:15 pm
@Merry Andrew,
Her nose is like a cathedral, so her acoustics are magnificent.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 03:27 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Robert Gentel wrote:

I know she's probably talented, and that a lot of people love her but I don't think I can name a single one of her songs.


She's 67 years old, and beyond her prime. As a young woman, she was a dynamite singer and actress. When she was young, she was bold and brassy, and made herself known to her audience. She has a magnificent voice, and a very engaging personality.

I think that those people who grew up with her, and watched her develop, have a greater appreciation for her, than those who have only recently heard her songs.

Here is the stuff that she sung. I would suppose Robert, that you may very well recognize many of them.



http://www.google.com/musica?aid=JZqVbyvVHxH&ei=PnvCSqnJG4GktgeLrpjoBA&sa=X&oi=music&ct=result

BTW, for whatever it's worth, Mr. P. hates her.....................thinks that she is a bitch!
roger
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 03:48 pm
@Phoenix32890,
He might be right about other things, too.
Izzie
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 05:15 pm
@roger,
K.. mebbe not a collective song selection

BUT reminds me of my 18th Birthday

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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 05:43 pm
@sozobe,
That does help, might be a bit more nuanced than I have an ear to appreciate but I figured she was pretty talented.

Anyone know if she composes any good stuff or is she just a beautiful voice?

I'm going to check out her Smoke Gets in Your Eyes rendition that the article mentions, that's a song I like so it might be a good way to evaluate her.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 05:47 pm
@Merry Andrew,
Merry Andrew wrote:
And, to her credit, imo, never bothered to let a plastic surgeon fix her nose.


Ain't nothing wrong with that lady's nose, it's merely extra expressive. But yes, I do like that about her. She didn't turn it into another of those skeletal plastic jobs like Michael Jackson's.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 05:52 pm
@Robert Gentel,
I like the quality/texture of her voice. It's a rich instrument.

I haven't liked her "big" music much, though some of the belting she did in Funny Girl was classic New York/Broadway. I've liked some of her smaller/quieter recordings.

I always appreciate that she enunciates - that I can understand the words. That might have something to do with how I learned English - music played a big part.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 05:52 pm
@Letty,
Letty wrote:
Sometimes she's good and sometimes not so good, but I love her doing this one.

Reminds me of Billie Holiday.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzQb2uJfMX0&feature=related


Not a huge fan of the song itself, but I get what you mean, she's got much more Jazz than I expected, and I think I may just actually end up liking her. Got to find some standards I like that she covers.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Tue 29 Sep, 2009 06:06 pm
@Phoenix32890,
Phoenix32890 wrote:
BTW, for whatever it's worth, Mr. P. hates her.....................thinks that she is a bitch!


A lot of people seem to think so, South Park riffed on it. Cartman says "she's being a total bitch!"

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