the possible exception of Betteís youngest fans, our initial exposure
to Bette Midler was through her music. For many of us, from the
first moment we heard that amazing, heavenly voice, our fate was
sealed. Our "fatal attraction" to all things divine
was immediately and permanently imbedded into our beings.
In this section of my website, I will be sharing a plethora of
reviews dealing with Betteís body of work in Music and Concerts.
And, my goodness gracious...what a body it IS! Now, before you
get your dander up, let me qualify that statement. While Bette
is proud of her "pretty legs & great big knockers"
(justifiably so), and gleefully nods to this as a contributing
factor in her ascent to stardom, her fans know the truth. It is
really those amazing set of pipes that have us lining up in droves
time and time again. Thatís what keeps us cominí back for more,
Miss M. And donít you forget it now...ya hear?!
If we agree with the notion that music is nourishment for the
soul, then Bette Midler has indeed laid before us the ultimate
banquet; which I admit to feasting on in gluttonous abandon.
Artwork: Tom Miro
Just like a starving soul in Ethiopia, or one struggling with
a severe eating disorder, the more she offers, the more I crave...the
more I need...the more I canít get enough of. But, enough about
me. What do you think about my addiction to Miss M and her music?
Never mind. Donít bother answering that. My feelings are crushed
much too easily.
Besides, we are supposed to be talking about reviews, right? As
devoted fans, we know that Miss M is vastly superior to other
artists on the market today, peddling their music for the world
to appreciate and admire. But, what do the critics have to say
about it? Thatís what our inquiring minds want to know. If they
are experts in their field, then surely they are all discerning
enough to recognize the divinity lurking amidst all the paint
and makeup; nestled alongside the trash with flash and sleaze
with ease...arenít they?
Disappointingly, the answer to that question is: no. Not all of
the music critics are as enchanted with Bette Midler as we are,
it would seem. Shocking as it may be, and hard to fathom, there
are a few deviants out there who are completely immune to the
charms and magic of Miss M and her music. Who knew?!?
Some of the reviews youíll read here are exceptionally brilliant
and insightful. These are bound to bring a smile to your face.
Perhaps they will even have you jumping for joy, or dancing a
little jig of ecstasy if you are prone to that sort of thing.
Since this is the music section, please, feel free to release
your exuberance and pleasure through such physical expression.
By all means. Be my guest. Have at it, Girlfriend...Boyfriend...Bettehead
But, be forewarned, there are also reviews included here that
may leave you angry and frustrated. You will probably conclude
that the reviewer is a complete and utter imbecile. Or, that he/she
is unfairly biased in regard to Miss M and her music, and just
has an axe to grind. Perhaps you will be filled with the strong
desire to seek out that particular critic and throttle the tarnation
out of him/her. While this reaction is perfectly understandable,
it is not the kind of physical expression encouraged or endorsed
by this website. Try listening to some of Betteís music instead.
That should sooth you. It will make you forget all about the incomprehensible
automatons of the world, who are blind to the divine light that
radiates from Miss Mís being.
Special acknowledgment and kudos goes out to Darrell Redmond and
his mind-blowingly beautiful website, Bette
on The Boards. You will see it referenced and linked to often,
for he has put together the most extensive collection of sound
clips, videos, and reviews of Betteís early recordings available
on the web today. Acknowledgment also goes out to Bettelyrics.com
(a website for the fans who need to know every word that Bette
is singing) and to All
Music Guide and All
Movie Guide for their tremendous amount of information about
With that said...enjoy the reviews and enjoy the music. Peace.
Over and out.
Love, Mr D.
(with a little spit and polish from Snook; mostly spit!)