- The new album featuring the 'Bette' theme song
- "Bless you child" and "Love TKO"
- I absolutely "love" this album! We all have certain songs
- that we "remember" - which touched our lives, at certain
- points along the way. But for me, this particular album
- will always be significant.
- When Bette released this wonderful cd, I had just
- left the one place, that I had called "home" for nearly
- 15 years. Unfortunately, I had reached a point where
- 'everything' was literally falling apart.
- When a lucrative job that I had held for close to five years,
- suddenly vanished as the company decided to close it's doors,
- my life spiraled downward. Two unsuccessful jobs followed,
- which left me "exhausted" "exasperated" and
- "disillusioned" with everything.
- My friends around me, were of little help - often causing
- there to be, even more "confusion." Everything was up for
- "contention." No matter how hard I tried to "keep everything
- together" and "do what was expected of me" - as I had
- always done in the past, it just wasn't enough. Eventually,
- I found myself at the end of the road. I couldn't go on.
- I placed all of my things into storage, and agreed
- to join a friend of mine who owned a concession business
- - in which he travels to the assorted fairs and festivals,
- in the "four" state region. I had known him for the
- better part of ten years, having worked for him every
- August when he arrived in Lincoln for our
- Packing some things into my van, I grabbed my dog,
- Samson - and we were on our way to Tulsa, Oklahoma.
- I remember feeling exceptionally "lost" upon my arrival.
- Probably more so, because I had just left everything that I
- had known for so many years. I remember thinking at
- the time, I never would have dreamed that I'd ever
- In a way, it was a alright to get away from everything,
- and to be traveling hundreds of miles, from place to
- place. Scanning the landscape as we drove along, it was
- always nice to be "outdoors." I recall looking to the
- furthest point on the horizon, thinking that my "life"
- was somewhere "out there."
- While I was in Tulsa, Bette released her brand new cd,
- and I honestly must have played it a hundred times or
- more! Each of the songs contained a phrase, or a
- thought which "resonated" with me on a deeply personal
- level because of the "loneliness" that I was feeling, the
- "heartache" . . . and the "disappointment" of what my life
- And life brings us tragedy
- Everyone suffers some loss
- Still we have faith in it
- There's a reason that outweighs the cost
- Without a doubt the one line that seemed to say
- it all, came from "Bless you child."
- "Sometimes an ending is the best place to start!"
- Even though "Love TKO" was centered around a romantic
- relationship that was coming to an end, the essence of
- the song spoke to me . . .
- Lookin' back over my years
- I guess I shed some tears
- Told myself time and time again
- It takes a fool to lose twice
- Always remember my friend
- The world will change again
- And you may have to come back
- Through everywhere you've been
- People turned their backs on you
- "To cross this sea of loneliness, part this red river of pain."
- Now I have nothing, so God give me strength
- And if I'm strong, I might still break
- And I don't have anything to share
- That I won't throw away into the air
- He was the light that I'd bless
- He took away my last chance of happiness
- We all have "many" journeys to follow, which will often
- be troubling; where nothing is certain. But there is a "beacon
- of light" . . . a "voice" that always renews my
- For some reason, I was only able to find "one" review
Midler in fine form on "Bette"
- When Bette Midler's "The Divine Miss M" hit the music
- world 28 years ago, it made such an impression that the
- title has followed the singer to this day.
- Yet since then, Midler has been known more
- an an entertainer than a recording artist.
- And for good reason. While her live shows
- never fail to charm, only a few tracks since the 'Divine Miss M' have measured up to Midler's effusive charisma. Part of the trouble might
- have been that Midler's albums were recorded principally with session musicians; "Bette"
- features the same musical ensemble the star
- took on her 1999 Miss Millennium tour.
- While superstar producer Don Was captures that
- road-polished, intimate vibe while minimizing the
- "Bette" concentrates on the fundamentals: strong songs played, sung and recorded
- Considering how she makes them her own, it's remarkable
- that Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello's deliciously
- melodramatic "God give me strength" and Kirsty
- MacColl's deadpan Latin delight "In these shoes" weren't
- actually written for Midler. Mixed with these relatively
- ( but not obvious ) soul favorites: Baby Washington's
- "That's how heartaches are made," Teddy Pendergrass's "Love
- TKO," the Manhattan's indelible "Shining Star."
- The nouveau-disco showpiece "Bless you child" and peppy
- 'Mary Tyler Moore - esque" theme "Nobody else but you"
- ( from Midler's new TV series ) round out what is her most
- cohesively exuberant effort since that attention getting