There is nothing “down” about this fabulous performance (featured below) by the legendary Barbra Streisand. She is one of my favorite performers in the entire universe and, for a long period of my life, the only singer that had any influence on me whatsoever.
She is a genius at her craft. She absolutely lives and breathes every ounce of her music and is a master at narrating the lyrics to her audience in a memorable and significant way.
Down With Love, from the 1937 musical “Hooray for What!”, has been recorded by numerous artists, not the least of which is the great Judy Garland.
It is a strange twist of irony that this performance was recorded on the Judy Garland Show on October 4th, 1963. Judy Garland gave her a standing ovation at the end of the performance. What an honor for this young rising star.
Barbra Streisand was only 21-years-old at the time. Hard to believe, isn’t it?
Because of the multi-dimensional musical components in the arrangement, combined with the brilliant delivery of the artist, I feel Ms. Streisand’s version is the better of the two.
Do you agree or agree to disagree? Happy Masterclass Monday everyone.