Friday, May 25, 2012

What About Today 1969

What About Today 1969
Okay, put yourself in Barbra's shoes: It's 1969 and you're in the midst of fulfilling your childhood dream of becoming a movie star. You go from Funny Girl to Hello Dolly to On A Clear Day without a break. Now, your record company is talking to you about updating your musical image, to begin to sing material that more reflective of the times. That was the situation she faced when What About Today was conceived. Barbra searched for contemporary material she liked and found Paul Simon's quirky "Punky's Dilemma" and Buffy Saint-Marie's understated love song, "Until It's Time for You To Go" poignant. She even reached for a couple of songs from Lennon-McCartney songbook, "Honey Pie," "A Little Help from My Friends" and "Good Night." But the material she found closer to her heart were the theater tunes and standards, two by Broadway writers David Shire and Richard Maltby Jr., the title song and "The Morning After." They are both fantastic, as is the driving Harol Arlen-Yip Harburg tune, "That's A Fine Kind of Freedom." Undiscovered gem: Burt Bacharach-Hal David's "Alfie" is just about perfect.

What About Today
Ask Yourself Why
Honey Pie
Punky's Dilemma
Until It's Time for You To Go
That's a Fine Kind Of Freedom
Little Tin Soldier
With a Little Help from My Friends
The Morning After

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