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09 July 2013

FOCAL POINT : Barbra Streisand, “Speak Low”

Speak Low

TRACK FOUR of Back to Broadway is "Speak Low" from One Touch of Venus (1943) by Kurt Weill and Ogden Nash. A standard recorded by several jazz singers, the song gets a similar jazzy treatment on this album. The saxophone-infused arrangement by David Foster and Johnny Mandel is evocative of the sensual Ava Gardner, who portrated the goddess Venus in the film version of the play. Barbra Streisand matches the sexiness with a vocal that is both breathy and laid-back. This could have been the album's radio hit.

For the “song pictorial” above, I found a poster of the movie that showed Ava Gardner and an evocative leg that Angelina Jolie would have adored. Ms. Streisand's pose from her 1997 wedding day was a perfect fit!

Listen to the track:

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