She's just one of those personalities you can't help but love. She's that fun aunt. And, she really is a member of my family. Ever since I was a child I've listened to her music, watched her movies. Without Bette I don't know what my life would have been like.
Last week I was having the hardest time trying to think of something I wanted to write for Throwback Thursday. I had nothing. I was listening to Bette Midler every day, but I had nothing that I felt I should throwback to.
It was only while sobbing through “Wind Beneath My Wings” that I realized that Bette Midler was the perfect candidate for me to write about. My problem was that I just don't think of Bette as a “throwback”. She's like Madonna. She's still relevant to me. You don't throwback to people still in circulation.
Bette Midler is probably one of the strangest choices for longevity in the music industry. And, yet over the course of four decades, despite a few commercially failed records, she's bounced back and came back harder and stronger then before.
Bette Midler has had more hit records, then she has had hit songs. She sold much the same way Barbra Streisand sold except Bette Midler can and has out Streisanded Streisand. Except for her surprising hit “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” (A hit for the girl group The Andrew Sisters in 1941), all of her hits have been graceful Celine Dionesque ballads. “The Rose”, “Wind Beneath My Wings”, “From a Distance”.
Not typical run of the mill pop filler.
Beaches was one of those movies I watched all the time as a child. Can't tell you why. It's incredibly depressing. Hopeful, but depressing. I never cried watching it as a child. Now, I ball every single time. It's so embarrassing, I can't watch it with anyone. There's a reason I cry every time I listen to “Wind Beneath My Wings”. I just think of Beaches and I need a moment. It's traumatic.
Then, there's Diane Keaton, Sarah Jessica Parker, Maggie Smith. This movie has everything. Buy it. Netflix it. I don't care. If you haven't seen this movie. You have a hole in your heart. You just didn't know. The basic concept is that three women are left by their husbands for younger versions of themselves. The three women (Bette Midler, Dian Keaton, Goldie Hawn) then proceed to exact revenge on them. Straight forward. Completely funny.
I was convinced that, this was the life for me. Then, I realized how I bad I would be at that. Ah, well.
I hope I jogged your memory on the dear Bette Midler. Always a class act. There's also been rumors that she's working on an album based on covers of songs by girl groups. God. Please don't let her cover the Pussycat Dolls.
Be sure to check out Bette on twitter. She's the best celebrity out there.