Midweek Madness: A 'Glee'-triggered memory of Streisand, Harold Arlen
The season-opener of "Glee" sure had its peaks last night, not to mention some lows (could we please drop those damn slush-in-the-face scenes?).
One of the musical high points offered yet more proof, as if any were needed, that some serious Streisand fanatics are involved with that show. Last season, a stunning Barbra-Judy duet was re-created for Rachel and Kurt. On Tuesday's show, those irrepressible Glee-fuls tackled ...
a re-make of a much less known duet from the early '60s album "Harold Sings Arlen (with Friend)."
Harold Arlen was not exactly a great vocalist, but he was one of the greatest American songwriters, so why not let him warble his own tunes? In "Ding-Dong! The Witch is Dead," the composer was joined by the young Streisand in a rock-ish and almost tacky, but rather fun, arrangement that the "Glee" segment took and ran with (to engaging effect).
Here, for your Midweek Madness diversion, is the original inspiration with Babs and Harold: