Monday, May 2, 2016

The May Bette Midler Jukebox Is Open And Chock Full Of Divine Music!

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“The wind is tossing the lilacs,
The new leaves laugh in the sun,
And the petals fall on the orchard wall,
But for me the spring is done.

Beneath the apple blossoms
I go a wintry way,
For love that smiled in April
Is false to me in May.”

–  Sara Teasdale, May  

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You know, I like people to make me laugh. It’s the only way to survive. The whole thing, after all, is one big joke…

“You know, I like people to make me laugh. It’s the only way to survive. The whole thing, after all, is one big joke. So, whatever anyone wants to think about me is fine. That’s what I’m here for, that’s my role. I can be an object of love, hate, it doesn’t matter. As long as I like myself.”

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Bette Midler – Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Wind Beneath My Wings – The Showgirl Must Go On – 2008

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BetteBack August 6, 1995: Bette Of Roses Review

Syracuse Herald Journal
August 6, 1995

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Bette Midler‘s first studio album in five years is one of the summer’s pleasant surprises Until now, the Divine Miss M‘s recordings have been somewhat less than divine, the exceptions being her uproarious live albums (“Live at Last” and “Divine Madness“) and the soundtrack from “The Rose

Bette of Roses” is far more polite than those albums, with an adult contemporary sound, but she wisely passes on the overdone ’40s classics that had turned her previous studio releases into predictable camp Here she offers melodic tunes such as “I Know This Town,” a spry Western winner, and the smoldering ballad To Comiort You, in which she adopts a sultry lower register as brushes softly stroke against drums amid teasing, bluesy guitar licks.

Seldom has Midler been so willing to use her full vocal range as on the sexy single “To Deserve You” or the up-tempo “The Last Time.”

“Bette of Roses” isn’t perfect.

Midler’s good-natured vulgarity and delightful brassiness of olden days is missing — she’s a mother now, don’t you know? — and there are too many ballads But overall, this is the best Bette in some time.

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The work means too much to me. You know, the construction of the performance, and the timing, and the way it looks, and the way it sounds, and all that stuff…

“The work means too much to me. You know, the construction of the performance, and the timing, and the way it looks, and the way it sounds, and all that stuff. I’m very serious about it…I would like to do something in this business that’s not necessarily what I do. I’d like to create a little character, you know, that will change people’s lives, or give them something that they have lost, or have never seen.”

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Bette Midler – Fried Eggs – Hello In There – Live At Last – 1976

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BetteBack August 4, 1995: Bette Midler To Make ‘My Fair Larry’

Daily Herald Suburban Chicago
August 4, 1995

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Bette Midler‘s next film is likely to be the comedy “My Fair Larry,” an update of the Bernard Shaw play “Pygmalion,” which itself became the basis for the musical “My Fair Lady.” “Larry” was described as “a reverse ‘My Fair Lady’ in which Bette Midler will play the Rex Harrison role, in this case a Donna Karan type who makes a bet that she can’t turn the janitor of her company into the ultimate man. Eventually, she does and they fall in love.”

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

BetteBack July 28, 1995: Bette Midler – What is easy now used to be torture

Bluefield Daily Telegraph
July 28, 1995

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Suddenly softening her voice, sounding almost like a little girl afraid to tell the truth , Bette Midler confesses. For years, the Divine got no kick out of what she does best – singing.

It c a n ’t be, b u t the w ords come from her mouth.

Singing no fun for B ette Midler, the diva’s diva? That’s crazy talk, like saying Einstein hated science or Lindbergh detested air travel. But she’s not kidding.

“It used to be torture,” Midler says, curled up on a couch in a high-rise M anhattan hotel, protectively hugging her knees a g a in st the effects of an overactive air conditioner.

This woman is the spitting image of Bette Midler, but can this truly be she?

W here is th e outrageous, dow nright bawdy m eg ap erso n ality who first made a name for herself in the e arly 1970s singing at the openly gay Continental Baths.

W here is the bombshell who sang “Beast of Burden” with Mick Jagger and the Stones?

“I am completely different,” she says shyly from beneath a mop of blond ringlets. “I like to sing now. I didn’t always used to. It used to be really, really hard . Absolute torture sometimes.”

The revelation is a shock.

Midler always made the sublime look easy, winning the h e a rts of m illions worldwide with a wink and a grin – and of course, that voice. She’s willing to tell her deep, dark secret now because things have changed, her passion for singing reborn.

H er new album , “B ette of R o se s,” follows h e r stupendously successful 1993 co n cert tour, h e r first in a d ecade, which in turn had followed her triumph in a CBS TV version of the hit Broadway musical “Gypsy.”

Asked for details about h er past private hell, she only bites her lip and smiles sadly. One word answ ers confirm th a t perfectionism and bouts with low self-esteem were mostly to blame.

Maybe for singing to be fun again she had to prove to herself once and for all that she is a s great as her immense fame.

“I love everything about it now ,” she says. “I enjoy learning the songs, and shaping them into a version, learning the harmonies.”

“Gypsy” was her emotional rescu e. Her film c a re e r had reached an unsatisfying stage despite fine work in “The Rose,” “Beaches,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and “For the Boys.”

H er salvation w as Mama Rose, a plumb m u sical part played by many through the years but defined historically by legendary sin g er Ethel Merman.

It didn’t seemed so perfect at first. Early on, Midler panicked.

“I w anted to sing in Ethel’s keys and I couldn’t,” she says.

“Those songs were some of the toughest I’ve ever, ever had to sing.”

She tackled the challenge with intense training to broaden her vocal range.

“I kind of stretched my voice a little bit,” she says, looking smart in a black pants suit and cute blue, suede flats. “I worked very hard, and it really opened a lot of doors in my singing voice that I hadn’t had before.”

It’s not surprising that an old time Broadway musical revived Midler’s natural love of singing.

It was a childhood excursion to a local performance of “Carousel” in Hawaii that first inspired her.

“I never got over it,” she says, sitting up eagerly as a tray bearing cappuccino and Italian cookies is brought in. “Once I saw that show I said, ‘Oh God, they paint themselves and they dance and sing. I’m going to do that.’ And I never looked back.”

The thrill of doing “Gypsy” led to her 32-city “Experience the Divine” tour.

“Once I got hold of that process, that newer, stronger voice, it really excited me,” she says. “Actually, that’s the reason I went on the road. I got this new technique and I was really anxious to see if it made a difference with the old music.”

The petite two-time Academy Award nominee and four-time Grammy winner also lost about 25 pounds on the road, and clearly none of it has crept back. At age 49, she remains stunning.

On “Bette of Roses,” her new sound is easy to appreciate because she selected songs that show it off, many requiring difficult vocal gymnastics.

“Material opened up to me that wasn’t there before because I couldn’t hit the notes. Now I can,” she says, beaming.

“The songs with th e wider range came to me and they had never come to me before. And since I could sing them , I did sing them.”

Midler worked with veteran producer Arif Mardin on the Atlantic release, h e r 16th album . It fea tu re s a wide rang in g mix of material, including traditional ballads, folk-inspired ditties, the New Age offering “To Comfort You, and the almost Western tune “I
Know This Town.”

The most dramatic performance comes in a devotional love song by Maria McKee, “To Deserve You.” Midler takes it on with style.

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I consider myself a New Yorker. I’ve had a lot of good times in New York, and I’ve had a lot of success…

“I consider myself a New Yorker. I’ve had a lot of good times in New York, and I’ve had a lot of success. I’ve put a lot of effort into the city, and I really love it, but I was born and brought up in Hawaii. I go there at least a couple of times a year, and I still feel like a Hawaiian. You know, you’re always happiest in your childhood home. My heart is there. That’s where I’m comfortable.”

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Bette Midler – Pink Cadillac – Cadillac Walk – Art Or Bust

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