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Barbra Streisand, with a new album out today, talks about her voice in a NY Times interview know Madonna has a greatest hits album out today that is supposed to be pretty good and Mariah Carey has a new CD out too but as far as I’m concerned, it’s all about Barbra Streisand’s Love is the Answer.

The Sunday New York Times featured an interesting interview with Barbra about the inner workings of her singing which, remarkably, sounds as good as ever at the age of 67. We learn that this musical legend cannot read music and that everything about singing came to her naturally. She hardly ever even does vocal exercises.

“I didn’t do it intellectually,” she said of her vocal power. “I did it intuitively, unconsciously. I kind of like that.”

An excerpt: On her own, over a career of nearly 50 years, Ms. Streisand figured out just about everything there is to know about singing. During her early club days she once lost her voice and had a brief crisis. She called in a coach who explained the physiology of singing. “She showed me a chart, so I could realize the mechanics of what’s happening with air and the body,” Ms. Streisand said. But the coach reassured her that she was using her voice well.

“I realized how much of singing was mechanics and how much was psychological,” she said. “People kept asking me, ‘How can you hold a note so long?’ I never thought about it. I held it because I wanted to hold it.”

The new recording is Streisand’s first studio album since 2005′s Guilty Pleasures and is a collection of jazz standards and classics. She performed many of them Saturday at New York¹s legendary Village Vanguard and selections of the performance can be heard at

What I did not kn0w until checking out the site was that Streisand had performed an audition in 1961 to be the opening act for Miles Davis at the Village Vanguard but didn’t get the gig!

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