Last night in Ft Lauderdale, I was lucky enough to see Barbra Streisand entertain a full house once again. The last time I saw her there was in 2006, where politics became a talk issue and a substantial amount of booing took place. Well…this time, she immediately brought it up by referring to the unusual things that were happening today and immediately said she would stay away from our political arena.
Her performance was fabulous, proving that a 74 year old singing icon could still deliver, not all of the high notes, but a beautiful rendition of her life’s musical journey. She was still able to wear her politics and social values on her sleeve by subliminally talking the issues through her music. The videos orchestrated throughout her singing were clearly making a statement. Our world has to take notice of what is happening! From her talking about young girls striving to be anything, including President, to her thoughts about caring for all people, climate change, the values our children learn from what they hear, to her finale before the real finale, of “Happy Days are Here Again”, hoping for a better future after all. Even her interjection of the fact that 99% or more of people’s DNA, meaning all of people in the world, are exactly the same! A strong comment with an equally strong message….how good is that!!
Barbra, you are still on top of the world! Your music will endure for many years to come, long after we are gone, the words to People…People who need people…will be listened to and hopefully others will use them for the same political and social innuendos that you cleverly managed to accomplish. Keep going as long as you can…hopefully, I will return to your next visit to Ft. Lauderdale.