I’m sure you know how it is when you go over to You Tube and make a search for something you want to watch, but then start clicking all the similar topic videos on the sidebar; getting totally distracted and then forgetting why you went there in the first place.
I adore You Tube, but often spend WAY too much time there.
And such as it was earlier this week, when I spent over TWO hours watching various interviews with the legendary, Barbra Streisand.
I could watch and listen to Barbra Streisand read or sing the Philadelphia phone book every day for a month, and never get tired of it. There is a reason they call certain people stars, and as far as I can tell, Barbra Streisand is the quintessential definition of a star. She’s one of those people whose talents and presence contain that ‘extra something’ which makes you stop whatever you’re doing to watch and hear her.
Even if you’re someone who doesn’t care much for Barbra, you have to admit….she’s one-of-a-kind.
I started my love affair with Streisand back in the early 70’s because my partner at the time WORSHIPED her. He had every album she ever recorded, watched every movie she ever made, and had posters of her all over our walls. Our dorm room looked like a sacred shrine dedicated to BARBRA STREISAND. And this was back before they had VHS tapes, or I’m sure he would have had all her movies playing repeatedly on a LOOP.
Anyway, getting back to my watching these interviews with Barbra…..
What I found interesting is that every person who interviewed her ended up asking the same question.
“Why is it that you have a reputation for being demanding, difficult to work with, and a perfectionist?”
And what I found even more interesting is that in all the interviews I watched, which were spread out over a period of 25 years, she answered the question in the exact same calm manner.
She explained that she sincerely doesn’t enter into a movie or music project with an argumentative attitude; intending on being demanding, difficult to work with, or a perfectionist. It’s just that she knows intuitively what needs to be done to get the final result; therefore she follows her inner voice and won’t stop until it’s achieved. She also said that the only mistakes she’s ever made were from not following her intuition, so she’s learned to trust it.
After watching these two hours of interviews, I have to say that I believe what she says. I don’t think that Barbra Streisand expects these things out of being temperamental or egotistical. I believe that she does it because she just knows how it’s supposed to be, and has the courage to stand behind her inner voice and say yes or no. And to tell you the truth, I admire her for that.
If she were a man, no one would question her high expectations. Also, Barbra Streisand hasn’t relied on Hollywood for many, many years because she has her own movie production company and recording studio. If she wants to create something she just does it. And I think that makes a lot of people in the industry green-eyed.
She’s a woman with power.
But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Barbra because when she first started out, no one knew what to do with her. Here was a young Jewish girl from Brooklyn, who had this amazing voice but wasn’t your typical all-American beauty. The voice and the face didn’t match. Where did she belong?
Well, they finally found the perfect starting vehicle for Streisand – Funny Girl.
And from that moment on….she became a legend in her own way.
Have a fantabulous weekend everyone!