AMANDA MC BROOM has been called “…the greatest cabaret performer of her generation, an urban poet who writes like an angel and has a voice to match.” Her name first came to the attention of the music public when Bette Midler’s version of Amanda’s song THE ROSE hit number one all over the world in 1979. But it was Amanda’s performance of her own song on the Golden Globes (she won), Grammys (she didn’t) and The Tonight Show that launched her career as a singer as well as songwriter.
Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Bette Midler, Leanne Rimes, Barry Manilow, Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Anne Murray, Harry Belafonte, Betty Buckley, Stephanie Mills, The Manhattan Transfer, Donny Osmond, the Chipmunks, and the Baby Dinosaurs in LAND BEFORE TIME (she wrote all the songs for 11 Universal Cartoon videos). But growing audiences worldwide became convinced that the best interpretations of McBroom songs are by Amanda McBroom herself (from Amanda’s website: www.amcbroom.com )
On January 14th, 2009 Amanda joined me for one hour on Voices from the North in our little studio on the hill in Coopers Beach. She shared her music and stories from her life.
Her father, David Bruce, was a movie star playing alongside Errol Flynn, who happened to also be his best friend. Bourbon and the fast life took their toll on David Bruce and eventually took him away from Amanda. Her story of their reunion, his getting back into the business and his death, is touching in the extreme.
Amanda shares the love story she has lived with her husband George for the last 40 years (they’ve been married 34 of those years). She sees the secret of the success of their relationship as having respect for each other, wanting the best for the other, being each other’s greatest fans and having two bathrooms (not necessarily in that order).
The complete interview is below:
Amanda also shares the story of how the song, The Rose, arrived while driving in traffic and how the song’s fame changed her life. Her dream has always been to create something healing and The Rose continues to spread its healing magic today. She also speaks of her upcoming CD, Chanson, featuring Jacques Brel’s songs, all but one in English, and due to be released in March. Like her other 7 or 8 CDs, it will be available online here on her website.
Songs featured during the interview include Errol Flynn, Here and Now, The Rose, A Timeless Thing and part of Make Me a Kite in closing. Listen and prepare to be inspired.
by Amanda McBroom
Some say love, it is a river,
That drowns the tender reed.
Some say love, it is a razor
That leaves your soul to bleed.
Some say love, it is a hunger,
An endless aching need.
I say love, it is a flower,
And you its only seed.
It’s the heart afraid of breaking
That never learns to dance.
It’s the dream afraid of waking,
That never takes the chance.
It’s the one who won’t be taken,
Who cannot seem to give,
And the soul afraid of dying,
That never learns to live.
When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter,
Far beneath the bitter snows,
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love
In the spring becomes the rose.
Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives, a startlingly poignant and inspiring real-life endorsement of the power of thought, belief and synchronicity in one’s life.
“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”
Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/
“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”
Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews