“If You Ever Leave Me” Promo Video Interview (1999)

The promotional video interview was filmed on the set of Vince Gill and Barbra Streisand's music video (directed by Jim Shea). Clips from the video were used on entertainment shows Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, and E! News.

The following is a transcript (by Mark Iskowitz) of Columbia Record’s promotional Teaser Story for the song “If You Ever Leave Me” featuring Barbra Streisand and Vince Gill, completed on September 13, 1999 and broadcast via satellite and Internet on Sept. 15.

screen grab of Vince Gill and Barbra Streisand teaser story

Barbra: We're making a video, and people are talking, they're lighting in the background, and we're doing this at the same time. It's real.

B: I always loved Vince's voice, so maybe he would sing with me.

Vince: Phone rings. Says Barbra Streisand would like to do a duet with you. And I said, "Yeah, right, and I'm the Pope." I mean, for me, if you have icons of voices, you think of Barbra Streisand for a woman and Frank Sinatra for a man. This is a chance for me to do something really special. I was extremely flattered, and I said, "Man, that would really be sweet."

B: I said I'd love to do a country song, perhaps a duet. Richard Marx wrote a funny country title, and he was kind of joking. He said, “If You Ever Leave Me, Can I Come Too.” And, I said, “That is so funny, and so charming, and so true.” So I said, “Why don't you try to write that song.”

Well, I never thought of myself as a country singer. But, I love the simplicity of some of the songs and some of the music. It just goes to the heart about life.

V: From my perspective, what's interesting is that I'm sliding over into Barbra's world. It's Richard's song, it's a pop song. It's the same for Barbra—she feels like she's kind of comin' into my world, and that's a really neat mix.

B: A city girl and a country boy.

V: Did I think in my wildest dreams that I'd ever get to do this? No, 'course not.

B: That's so sweet. Thank you.

V: You bet.

B: Thank you. D'you like my accent?

V: Yeah, it's real good.

B: I was tryin' to talk like that, y'all.


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