Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 26th 2014 Contents Barbra Streisand s new album of
duets only includes male singers, but
it wasn t a conscious effort to exclude
"Everyone we asked was ... busy,"
Streisand said. The performer almost
scored one major diva, Beyonce.
"She had her people try to do a track
of one of the songs from my movie, A
Star is Born, and it just, we didn t have
the time to finish it, to get it right," she
said. "We had to release the album.
Maybe someday we ll do a duet because
she s so great."
Partners, released Tuesday, features
Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer,
John Legend and Babyface, who pro-
duced the album.
In a recent interview with The Asso-
ciated Press, Streisand talked about
music, directing, women s right and
Would you do an album full of
female duets next?
(Pauses) Possibly. I loved singing with
Celine (Dion) and Donna Summer.
What was the energy like in the stu-
dio for you and your guests?
We were all nervous. Everybody was
saying to me, "I m nervous singing with
you!" And I said, "Whoops, I m nervous
singing with you." ...I love that kind of
nervousness. You know something s
being done for posterity. I guess that s
why I like making movies, too, because
How have you maintained your
voice over the years?
I don t drink. I don t like the taste
of liquor. I like beer sometimes. I can
do half a shot of vodka with tonic, but
it s always like medicine to me, alcohol.
I don t drink wine even. Maybe that
has something to do with it. I smoked
when I was ten years old, you know
on the streets, on the rooftops in Brook-
lyn because my stepfather smoked ...
gave it up when I was 12.
Was it weird singing along with
Elvis Presley s vocals on Love Me Ten-
No, it just felt right. It felt natural.
I met him. I talked to him. I wanted
him for a movie.
Streisand: It was A Star is Born many,
many years ago. His career was slightly
in decline, he was overweight and I
thought he was perfect to play that
part. ...It was fun to talk to him. He
was talking about the process of how
people don t understand that you need
time and quiet before you perform.
And he was talking about a girl in his
life who doesn t understand that, and
I said, "Oh you really have to explain
that and tell her it s not personal; it s
just that you need to be quiet before
you go onstage." But it was lovely to
share these stories with each other.
Are you planning to do more
I like directing. I m planning to direct
a movie and also be in a couple of things
maybe that I ve meant to do over the
Are you happy to see more female
directors on the scene?
Well, the problem is there aren t
more. I swear to God I read a survey
a few months ago, like less than six per
cent of women are directing films today,
and that was (the same as) in the time
I did Yentl.
Why do you think that is?
I think women are still treated as
second-class citizens. We still don t
get equal pay. Thank God I am in the
music industry, so it s a bit different,
but I m fortunate in that way. The aver-
age woman doesn t get the same pay;
she gets 77 cents on the dollar that a
man gets. I m so involved in women s
heart disease and trying to raise aware-
ness and funds; Even in medical
research, women are not treated equally.
The research on women s hearts is done
in the last 50 years on men. ...So since
women are 51 per cent of the population
I think we should really have that rep-
resented in Congress as well.
Speaking of politics, have you spo-
ken to Hillary Clinton whether she ll
run for president?
I would love her to run. I think we
have advanced with Obama, and I think
people are giving him a hard time,
which is not fair because this Affordable
Care Act is working and it s going to
help a lot of people. But it s like Greek
tragedy, you know, they always try to
bring down the gods, bring down the
kings, bring down the leaders.
Do you feel like he s doing a good
I do. And it s right to take your time
going to war and so forth. He has to
be thoughtful. (AP)
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, September 26, 2014
Barbra Streisand, the feminist, sings on
"I don't drink. I don't like the
taste of liquor. I like beer
sometimes. I can do half a shot of
vodka with tonic, but it's always
like medicine to me, alcohol. I
don't drink wine even."
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