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The Two Voices of Barbra Streisand

Last weekend, I died and went to heaven. Julia and I attended a MusiCares event honoring Barbra Streisand as their Person of the Year. MusiCares is a foundation providing medical and financial assistance for musicians during their time of need. In addition to performances by Barbra, the artists paying tribute included Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, Seal, and Faith Hill, as well as Broadway veterans Lea Michele, Kristen Chenoweth, and Matthew Morrison, and their Glee castmate Darren Criss.

I instantly fell in love with Barbra when my parents took me to see her in Funny Girl on Broadway when I was eight years old. I thought I would marry her one day. From her humble Brooklyn beginnings, Streisand has gone on to become one of the few entertainers to win an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy, and an Emmy, as well as a Director’s Guild Award.

Just as impressively, Streisand has had a second voice that has raised over $25 million through the Streisand Foundation and her live performances, donating to organizations supporting environmental preservation, voter education, women’s issues, and the protection of civil liberties. Barbra is also a committed environmentalist. One day, we were hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains and we were told that Barbra had donated the 22.5-acre Ramirez Canyon estate in 1993.

Bob with the "Warblers" from Glee

Whether you agree with her politics or not, she is a committed citizen who could have easily sat on the Malibu beach and done nothing. Instead, she has made a difference for so many people through her voice and her philanthropic efforts. At Organically Grown, we salute Barbra for not only her creative achievements, but for giving so much back.

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown