This a tribute to my all time favorite songstress, Barbra Joan Streisand.
I cannot tell you the first time I ever heard her sing, but I can tell you each time I hear her sing it is an event. Barbra could do a duet with the most unlikely, untalented individual; in my mind the song would be a hit, because her voice would make you forget and completely ignore anyone else.
I have become a cynic when it comes to love and romance. Yet when she sings the stirrings of youth return to me. I can remember my first crush, with the breathless fluttering in my heart and soul. The symphony that is her voice, makes me want to recall that time.
She is a musical instrument and she will take your breath away. As I watch her in concert and I am in awe and perplexed, to hear the sound that comes soaring from her being is simply amazing. It looks so easy, the way she sings, and yet you can see it comes from deep within her. Her sound resonates and fills any space that is in earshot of. The next time you need beautiful, pick up anything Streisand and let it play. 51 Gold albums, 30 Platinum albums, and 13 Multi-Platinum albums in the United States speaks volumes of this lady.
Beyond her obvious musical talent/gift what I like, admire, love about Barbra is that she defies what we as a judgmental society say is beautiful and acceptable. She did not about change her name the way it was suggested. She certainly could have changed her face, but the signature features remain the same. Her politics are genuine and supported in the most outspoken fashion. Her generous contributions to charities demonstrate she has tremendous heart.
Finally, in my book Barbra is simply and completely BEAUTIFUL. “Like buttah”, she IS “buttah”.