Barbra Streisand has a new album, which isn’t that unusual for the legendary singer. While each album release is still a notable occasion for her, this one is different. She not only created music but used music as a means of venting and expressing herself in the only way she saw fit in the age of Trump.
Streisand channeled her feelings about President Donald Trump to make a political statement in her new album, “Walls” which she often does not do. The lyrics of her songs and imagery evoked in some of the music videos like “Don’t Lie To Me” are powerful and speak to the issues she has with the current administration.
Streisand spoke to Maggie Haberman of The New York Times about a number of things but kept coming back to politics. The interview even touched upon the #MeToo movement, talking about its place in Hillary Clinton’s loss and how she didn’t think Sen. Al Franken should have stepped down from the allegations he faced.
She had positive things to say about the recently deceased John McCain, a man she once chided for his performance on “Saturday Night Live.” Streisand has talked about her willingness to communicate with all people and that she just wants people to be decent and kind. She even spent time recently with former presidential nominee Bob Dole. When asked about things she likes that Trump did as president, she didn’t have an answer.
Streisand has spoken out against Trump before and doesn’t worry about losing her fans. “Art or music transcends politics, I think. I hope it does,” she said. In the 1980s, she helped raise money for Democratic candidates by performing a concert.
The main song from the album criticizes the idea of building walls between societies and people. Streisand said that thinking about these issues and the Trump presidency was controlling her life.
“I would lie awake at night with Trump’s outrages running through my head, and I had to do another album for Columbia Records, so I thought, why not make an album about what’s on my mind?” she said. “And that became the title of the first song. I am so grateful to have music in my life as a way to express myself.”
On the most recent episode of Real Time with Bill Maher, she spoke more specifically about how the administration’s changes in border policies affected her mentally. “I couldn’t sleep nights. The photographs in my head – the pictures of the children being ripped out of the arms of their parents,” she said.
Streisand also offered a humorous take on how she balances out the news every day. “First of all, I eat a lot. I eat sweets, like coffee ice cream, that counterbalances the bitterness that he’s throwing at us.”
She also joked about the need to play physical games before going to sleep “to get him out of your head…you have to play gin.”
By: Ashley Berich
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