Voices For Change (1992)
Aired: September 16, 1992 on C-Span cable channel
Hollywood mogul Ted Field (Interscope) hosted a fundraiser in his back yard in 1992. Organized by the Hollywood Women's Political Committee, the event raised over a million dollars for the Bill Clinton/Al Gore presidential ticket, as well as Senate candidates Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein.
Barbra Streisand's appearance was broadcast via closed-circuit television to fundraisers around the country in New York, Washington, Atlantic City and San Francisco.
Streisand sat at a table up close with Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Richard Baskin, and others.
Barbra's 24-minute set:
- “On A Clear Day”
- “Come Rain Or Come Shine”
- “It's A New World”
- “Children Will Listen”
- “It Had to Be You” (with election-tailored lyrics: "It Has to Be You")
- “Happy Days”
- “God Bless America”
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“I used to be a director and now I've become a backyard singer, did you notice? I sing in backyards,” she joked to the audience which included Geena Davis, Warren Beatty, Annette Benning, Rhea Perlman, Dustin Hoffman, Elaine May and Mike Nichols and more.
“The last time I sang live was six years ago to help elect a Democratic senate. What motivated me then was the disaster at Chernoble. And what motivates me now is another kind of disaster: the possibility of four more years of George Bush and Dan Quayle. But I'm hoping that after November 3rd, we can look forward to an atmosphere of change, of growth, of tolerance and compassion.”
Barbra also told the audience that night: "I'm proud to be a liberal, feminist, American artist." Then she sang “God Bless America” (which was released in 2001 as a bonus single with Christmas Memories).
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Excerpt from Time Magazine, Sept. 28, 1992:
BARBRA STREISAND PERFORMS live about as often as J.D. Salinger goes on a book tour. In the past six years, the world's most notoriously concert-shy crooner has served up live melody for the masses just twice: once in 1986 at a Democratic fund raiser, and again on Sept. 16 at a star-studded L.A. benefit for a man named Bill Clinton. "What motivates me this time is the possibility of George Bush and Dan Quayle being re-elected," she told the audience. Babs delivered It Had to Be You and four other favorites to a crowd of 1,000 and to the delirious delight of candidate Clinton.
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