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Thursday, May 10, 2018
Times Union Hoffman Files Songs that will make you instantly weep By Rob Hoffman on May 3, 2018 at 5:24 AM If you’re a man of a certain age, (Let’s call that age 53 and 3/4) then there’s probably a pretty good chance you’re a fan of the movie This is Spinal Tap. The film directed by Rob Reiner, his very first movie, is the story of a fictionalized band by the name of Spinal Tap, and it chronicles its rise, fall, deeper fall, and sort of rise back to the middle. The movie is shot in documentarian style, and it began the genre’ often copied by one of the film’s writers and performers, Christopher Guest, known as the “Mockumentary.” Many adult males who currently populate the United States, are walking around now as we speak, with a host of lines from this rather clever and often hilarious movie swimming around in their brains. Some of these lines are so famous, that anyone who has seen This is Spinal Tap even once would instantaneously recognize them.
“This one goes to eleven.”
“He choked on vomit, it was somebody elses vomit, you can’t dust for vomit.”
“This one’s called “Lick My Love Pump.”
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Ringo Starr, of the Beatles, wrote this lively opening number to Bette Midler’s Depression Tour. Have you ever seen somebody run around so much while singing?
Sunday, August 13, 2017
BetteBack March 3, 1975: Bette Midler Presents Stevie Wonder With Best Album Of The Year At The Grammy’s
Kingsport Times March 3, 1975 Stevie Wonder and Olivia Newton-John took ho.me most of the marbles at Saturday night’s Grammy award presentations from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Wonder, the blind rock singer who had his first hit record at the age of 13, was named top male vocalist of 1974. He also won three other awards, including the Best Album of the Year honor for “Fulfillingness’ First Finale.” Miss Newton-John, who last year was named the best female country vocalist, won the Record of the Year Award for her “I Honestly Love You.” She was also named the best female pop vocalist for 1974. Another multiple winner was Marvin Hamlisch. This year Hamlisch took top prize in four categories, one more than he won last year. His awards were for Best New Artist of the Year, Best Pop Instrumental Performance for his piano version of Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer,” Best Original Movie Score for “The Way We Were,” and Best Song of the Year with Marilyn and Alan Bergman for “The Way We Were.” It was the same old song for Aretha Franklin who won the Best Female Rhythm V Blues Vocal Grammy .for the seventh straight year. This time around it was for “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing.” Other awards went like this: Best Male Country Performer: Ronnie Milsap. Best Female Country Performer: Anne Murray. Best Country Group: Pointer Sisters for “Fairytale.” Best Country Song:”A Very Special Love Song.” Best Inspirational Song: “How Great Thou Art” by Elvis Presley. Best Gospel Song: “The Baptism of Jesse Taylor”by the Oak Ridge Boys. Best Ethnic or Traditional Recording: “Two Days in November” by Doc and Merle Watson. Best Big Band Recording: Woody Herman’s “Thundering Herd.” Best Pop Vocal by a group:”Band on the Run” by Paul McCartney and Wings. Best Instrumental Composition: “Tubular Bells,”the theme from the movie The Exorcist, by Mike Oldfield. Best Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Vocal by a group: “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus. Best Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Instrumental: “TSOP” by MFSB. Best Jazz Group: the Oscar Peterson trio. Best Jazz Soloist: the late Charlie Parker for “First Recordings!” Best Original Cast Album: “Raisin,” by Judd Woldin and Robert Brittan. Best Spoken Word Album: “Good Evening,” the now-closed Broadway show of Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Best Pop Arrangement: Joni Mitchell for “Down to You.” Best Comedy Album: “That Nigger’s Crazy” by Richard Pryor. Best Children’s Album: “Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too,” read by Sebastian Cabot and Sterling Holloway. Best Soul Gospel Song: “In the Ghetto,” by James Cleveland and the Southern California Community Choir. Best Classical Album: “Berlioz: Symphonic Fantastique ” by Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony. Best Orchestra Recording: same record by Sir Georg and the Chicago Symphony.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
TELEGRAM Westboro author explores rituals for success in book ‘Psyched Up’ By Ann Connery Frantz, Correspondent Posted Jul 16, 2017 “Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed” by Daniel McGinn (Penguin Random House, $26) Nothing succeeds like … Chewing a Bic pen, if you’re talk-show host Stephen Colbert. Giving your opponent your ugliest grimace, if you’re Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps. Hitting an exact number of ground balls, starting practice at precise times and scratching the word chai (the Hebrew word for life) into the dirt approaching home plate, if you’re Wade Boggs, former Red Sox great. Coupled with anxiety, the ritual may become ornate: Panic-prone singer Carly Simon eases it with an onstage couch, for lying down if it all gets to be too much, or being spanked by the band members as a painful distraction. Barbra Streisand skipped live performances for years. There are many ways to overcome fear, set one’s mind in gear and psych oneself up before performing, whether as a lecturer, athlete, musician or singer. Pavarotti had stage fright. So did Ella Fitzgerald, Bette Midler, Rod Stewart and Paul McCartney. All kinds of wonderful performers fear they’ll mess up and freeze with fear. Consequently, they seek help from many sources —meditation, coaches, therapists. There are multiple ways to prepare oneself. Stage fright is not the only issue. People who must motivate others need to be ready to do their best. As a business reporter at Newsweek (after graduating from Boston College), Daniel McGinn, 46, of Westboro, encountered various business strategy books that cited pre-performance rituals. He noted more of that as senior editor at Harvard Business Review. That gave birth to the book. “I decided to deep-dive into what the research shows, go out and talk to high performers to learn their ‘best practices before a performance.’ ”McGinn looked into our common need for a ritual or motivator before attempting to do what’s difficult, even if we’re good at it. His book, “Psyched Up: How the Science of Mental Preparation Can Help You Succeed,” examines why people stumble and how they find a way out of it before they destroy the pleasure and satisfaction of performing. He interviewed dozens of experts in the field, from surgeons and military leaders to actors and athletes. He researched studies by those who’ve explored what makes a person compete better, perform at peak, keep going under stress. It turns out that people have different motivators. Sometimes, the boss makes it all work, with a silly ritual to rev up competition or a proffered reward trip to exotic locales. Among athletes, pep talks rally the players but “trash talk” is an equally popular way to unsettle the opponent and bolster self-confidence, in business and in sports. In short, there are plenty of ways to get over the hurdle and gain an edge, beyond time-honored practices like taking a pill or a drink. “First, learn what works for you,” he says. “Backstage jitters are an unavoidable part of a musician’s life, (but) you can systematically develop skills to perform well despite them.” That doesn’t mean having everyone in the band spank you or listening to “Boogie Shoes” to perk you up before a job interview. Baseball players are notoriously superstitious and perform complex adjustments to their gear or stance when they play. TJ Connelly, a DJ, plays exciting rock hits during Red Sox practice (leaving the competitors to organ music for their own practice time) or perks up the crowd with the Dropkick Murphys. McGinn writes about Costas Karageorghis, arguably the world’s leading expert on music and physical performance. He swears by rhythm and musicality as motivators, pointing for instance to the movie “Rocky,” in which the themes create mental images of physical exertion and winning. Success comes as a result of learning to interpret pressure in the best way. It’s even possible to conquer the fight-or-flight instinct. “Psychology is the software, but biology is the hardware,” he says. “Adrenalin speeds up the system and creates jitters, but it can be directed in a positive manner. People perform best not when they’re totally calm, and not when they’re totally stressed, but somewhere in the middle.” Some use centering, a technique for locating and strengthening one’s core before a performance, to focus their energy. For those who like methodology, he includes meditative “steps” from author Don Greene. “I was not a very good athlete in performance, but I got all the things you typically associate with sports — friendships, discipline and so on,” McGinn said. “I became fascinated by the psychology the coaches would use: their focus on the type of music we listened to on the bus on the way to a game, their ritualistic schedules of what we were supposed to be doing before a game, a lot of pep talks. These were the sort of things people would do before a performance.” In 2011 or 2012, he had written an article at HBR about how when a famous person touches an object, it becomes valuable as a motivator. “That, in turn, becomes a way to reduce anxiety,” he said. He believed in that one so much that he asked noted journalist Malcolm Gladwell, author of “Blink” and “Outliers,” to use his new laptop before he himself touched it, as a lucky charm. “He used it for three months. Does it make sense that I should write better on a Malcolm Gladwell-owned keyboard? Maybe not, but it works.” However it’s created, he says, confidence building is critical. “Learning new ways to increase confidence evolved as I did the reporting. Not surprisingly, it’s really important. If you talk to athletes and performers, they have ways to boost their confidence beforehand.” There are many ways to reach the goal. “Especially, I think, most surprising in that regard is in the chapter that looks at rituals and superstitions; you can find things people do before a test or sporting event that make lots of sense, and things that don’t. For example, Jerry Seinfeld’s backstage routine is same every time – reviews joke cards, etc. – but he puts his jacket on five minutes before, and that cues his body up to perform. Colbert has a really elaborate set of rituals. He chews a certain kind of Bic pen, rings a hotel bell, high-fives the crew. These things distract them from anxiety, give them something to focus on during a time when they might be thinking negative thoughts. The mind is a really powerful thing, and for some of these techniques there’s not a rational reason they should work, but they do.” Competition drives the world in many arenas, and winning is the goal. “The world’s become a more competitive place over time,” McGinn said. “We have the ability to measure things a lot more than we used to. Social media allows for comparison of things. Companies are more interested in finding ways to analytically hire the best people and, once they’re in a job, evaluate their performance (in several ways). Even childhood is more competitive than it used to be – sports, academics, music. It’s become part of our culture.” The book is premised on the world being competitive, he says. “We should position ourselves for that.” He points out Po Bronson’s book, “Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing” for a look at why people compete. “It probably comes down to different people have different appetites for risk, and how much one embraces competition is probably a function partly of how willing you are to risk failure, which is what you’re doing when you’re competing. Risk appetite is sort of inborn.” While researching the book, he visited the Center for Enhanced Performance at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, witnessing sophisticated, engaged methods used to inspire athletes and cadets toward top performance. He calls it “one of the best days of reporting I spent on the book. I didn’t know how a sophisticated arsenal of tools like that could come into play. It was interesting to see what kind of tools they can bring to the problem of making a player more psyched up before the game.” Renowned sports psychologist Dr. Nathan Zinsser leads the center. “Being ‘Psyched Up’ is what the book is about, simply. Its main argument is that even if you’re not Michael Phelps and you’re not Tom Brady, if you’re just a person going in for an interview, you can do something similar to what Phelps or Brady do before a game. Even if you’re not an athlete, you can do the same things.” McGinn’s first book, “House Lust,” addressed the housing boom in Boston. “Arguably, that was more topical, but this book – I hope and the publisher hopes – people will see a direct return on their investment.” He’ll eventually settle into another book. “I like using different kinds of muscles and doing book-length things of my own,” he said. “When you find an idea, and a publisher who is interested in the same thing, it’s really a good match.” Paperback: Kindle:
Friday, November 18, 2016
Wilson Daily Times February 24, 1973 No one could say that success has crept up on Bette Midler â€” it burst upon her like one of those tropical thunderstorms that sometimes hit her native Hawaii. Unknown only a short time ago, she has become one of the most popular young talents in America today. “Sensational!” is how producers Gary Smith and Dwight Hemion describe her performance on the new Burt Bacharach special airing on Channel 5 Wednesday (10-11 p.m.). “She’s the most dynamic person Dwight and I have worked with in several years. In this business, newcomers are always likened to other stars. Bette has the individual qualities of a lot of others but all rolled into one, she’s not like any of them. She’s just one of a special kind” exclaimed Smith. And Bette Midler laughs through it all. When Bette laughs itâ€™s as though all the floodlights have suddenly been switched on. “When did I realize I was finally a star?” she echoed a questioner.”I haven’t realized it yet! It all seems like a fairy tale, and mine’s not really a fairy tale life. So it’s hard to believe it’s me people are talking about.” One of Bette’s particular specialties is her vivid interpretation of the tunes from the 1940s, ” Chattanooga Choo Choo,” one of the numbers she sings in the Bacharach special makes it easy to jump to the conclusion that Bette has seized upon a gimmick. “What really happened,” she explained,”is that I was brought up in the ’40s and all the records my parents had were, of course, of the ’30s and 40s. I found myself fascinated by the music but even more fascinated by the women singers. Like the Andrew Sisters, whom I imitate in”Chattanooga.” “The fascination with the 30’s and 40’s lasted, and later I really began to research that era. I spent hours at a time in music libraries listening to old show tunes and pop songs and absorbing the stories of the stars. I became something of an expert, simply out of personal interest, not because I intended to exploit it. “I wanted to be an actress, really,” continued Bette.”But everyone wanted me to be conventional, to fit a stereotype, which I couldn’t. I’m not a conventional person, it was quite a fight.”
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
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Friday, October 21, 2016
Vintage Vinyl News Bette Midler Talks To Fans On Facebook And We Learn All Kinds Of Scoops! by VVN Music October 20, 2016 Reddit used to be the main focus of fan Q&A’s (or AMA’s in their lingo) but many are now starting to use Facebook which seems to now be the go to site for up-to-the-minute info and interaction with artists. Thursday afternoon, Bette Midler interacted for over an hour with fans, talking about her own career and letting out a few tidbits of previously unknown information. On who inspired her … ” loved Mae West and I loved Janis Joplin and I loved Tina Turner and I loved Aretha Franklin. That’s my quartet. There were so many Hollywood actresses that were inspiring too.” On the recording of The Divine Miss M … “I think the night we decided we would sing in front of an invited audience was the greatest night. We had the album in the can, but we decided it needed something. So we invited in an audience, ordered Chinese and away we went. Half of this album is live and half studio.” On Stage Freight … “I never calm my nerves! They always get the best of me, sometimes I hurl!” “I have terrible stage fright! But I’ve learned some breathing techniques and I know once I jump in, it’ll go away.” On concert mishaps … “Once in one of my wheelchairs, unbeknownst to me, one of the electricians had cranked up the speed on my chair. It flung me from the chair and I landed on the audience in the seats!” On Music and Roles she is sorry she hasn’t done … “I’ve never sung “Moonlight in Vermont, “Over the Rainbow,” or “Stardust.” I’d love to play Auntie May, she’s one of my all time favorite characters.” On her favorite film roles … “The Rose, I loved that and it was a great experience. I loved making Big Business, and First Wives Club. Beaches was the best with Garry Marshall, he was such a classy classy guy.” On her guest appearance on Seinfeld … “It was a blast. To tell you the truth I had no idea what I was doing because I hadn’t really seen the show. But after I became a huge fan and still watch it. The black and white cookie had me stumped!” On who, living or dead, she would like to sing with … “Adele! My musical soulmate.” On whether she would ever work with Iggy Pop … “I love Iggy Pop! I’ve often thought of re-recording Wild Child. I love the guy!” On whether she would ever work with Barbra Streisand … “Sure! Actually one of her people asked me to be on her last record. Then I never heard from them again.” On her upcoming lead role in Broadway’s Hello Dolly … ” I’m so excited about working with that cast! They are the top of the line, cream of the crop. I know its going to be the most wondrous, color filled show. I’m worried about remembering everything…but I’m going to give it my best shot.” “I had trepidations, but I’ve learned the role and learned the score. And now that I know a little more about it, I feel more confident.” On plans to release some of her older concerts on video … “Yes, I have a couple of shows in the can that I really, really love.” On whether their are more archival recordings to be released … “No…I think I’m about done. I’ve cleaned out the vault!” On plans to write a memoir … “Nooooooooo….” On whether she thinks she is one of the “nasty women” that Donald Trump talks about … “Undoubtedly! He doesn’t think I measure up to his standard. And anyone who doesn’t is a “Nasty Woman”!” …and our favorite response of the Q&A: Fan: No question. You look GORGEOUS! Love from Denver, Colorado! Bette: You’re high!
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Notes From Bette Midler’s Carole Bayer Sager Interview (Thanks Christy Labonte!) By Christy Labonte October 17, 2016 Great story about her and Bette writing a song together. Carole goes to Bette’s house. Bette was renting a house in Bel-Air. Bruce Roberts was there. Bette says to Carole “Okay Carole, we aren’t going to write songs about rain or this or that like you usually do” so Bette starts looking in books and she goes “Lengthy, why don’t you ever use the word lengthy in one of your songs?” LOL Carole says to her “Bette, I’ve been writing very simple songs for years” Bette replies to her “Well now you’re going to write a different one and these will be hits too.” That last quote is a bit off from what she actually said, but close enough. Bette chimed in that she wanted to write a song like the Beatles. It was a very funny story. They also talked about how Bette gave her the Oscar for Arthur’s Theme and they were still in the middle of their riff and Carole said she remembered she told Bette how happy she was that she was giving her the award. Those are the tidbits that had to do with the two of them. She was a great interviewer. Hardback: Kindle:
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Billboard The Best Musical Guests on ‘The Simpsons’ 9/26/2016 by Aly Semigran On Sunday night (Sept. 25)Â The SimpsonsenteredÂ its perfectly cromulent 28thseason.Â Over the course of their nearly 600 episodes, the Simpson family have done just about everything and met just about everyone. (After all, â€œSimpsons did it!â€) One of the best things about The Simpsons has always been their memorable musical moments, whether they are taking in a Broadway musical (â€œI love you, Dr. Zaius!â€), or breaking into a show tune of their own (â€œMonoraiiiiiil!â€). But, itâ€™s not just the Simpson clan and companyÂ with the pipes to sing â€œWe Put the Spring in Springfield.â€ Since their debut in 1989, The Simpsons have been serenaded by everyone from The Dixie Chicks to Aerosmith to James Brown and crossed paths with the likes of Katy Perry, â€˜NSYNC, and Dolly Parton, among many others. In other words, musical guests are as essential to The Simpsons as the nuclear power plant and donuts. Mmm, donuts.Â In celebration of Season 28, weâ€™re looking back at the best musical guests of the series thus far. Johnny Cash in â€œEl Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer (The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)” This is, arguably, one of the best Simpsons episodes of all-time and thatâ€™s thanks largely in part to the voice work of the one and only Johnny Cash. After ingesting some Guatemalan insanity peppers, Homer goes on a journey of the mind and soul, where he encounters his wise spirit guide known as â€œSpace Coyote,â€ voiced beautifully by Cash. U2 in â€œTrash of the Titansâ€ U2 brought their PopMart tour to Springfield at the same time that Homer was running his campaign for Sanitation Commissioner, a cause near and dear to Bonoâ€™s heart. (â€œHeâ€™s talking about waste management, and that affects the whole damn planet!â€) Not only did we get to see U2 perform â€œPride (In the Name of Love)â€ on The Simpsons, but we learned that the best way to sneak backstage into a U2 concert is to tell security youâ€™re their potato man. Michael Jackson in â€œStark Raving Dadâ€ When Homer winds up in a mental institution he meets Michael Jackson. Or, at least, a guy that sounds a hell of a lot like him. (The character, Leon Kompowsky was, indeed, actually voiced by the King of Pop himself.) In the classic episode, Michaelâ€”dâ€™oh!â€”Leon helps Bart pen a tune to Lisa, called â€œHappy Birthday, Lisaâ€ and itâ€™s arguably the best Michael Jackson song related to The Simpsons. (Sorry, â€œDo the Bartman.â€) Sir Paul McCartney in â€œLisa the Vegetarianâ€ Sir Paul, accompanied by his late wife Linda McCartney, didnâ€™t perform anything during their visit to The Simpsons, but for a cameo this great, they really didnâ€™t need to. (Besides, Apuâ€™s rendition of â€œSgt. Pepperâ€™s Lonely Hearts Club Bandâ€ sure wasâ€¦something.) Lisa meets Paul and Linda gardening on the roof of the Kwik-E-Mart to discuss vegetarianism and animal rights, and with all due respect to Ringo and George, it was the best Beatles. Cameo. Ever. The Entire Hullabalooza Lineup in â€œHomerpaloozaâ€ â€œBilly Corgan, Smashing Pumpkins.â€ â€œHomer Simpson, smiling politely.â€ That exchange in and of itself made the Smashing Pumpkins one of the best musical guests ever, but how could we leave out an annoyed Peter Frampton and his riffsÂ with Sonic Youth and Cypress Hill? Sting in â€œRadio Bartâ€ â€œSending Our Love Down the Wellâ€ became the â€œWe Are the Worldâ€ of The Simpsonsuniverse when Bart posed as Timmy Oâ€™Toole, a fictitious boy trapped in a well. Celebrities joined together to make the charity track, lead by none other than Krusty the Klownâ€™s good friend Sting. Bette Midler in â€œKrusty Gets Kancelledâ€ This episode featured wall-to-wall celebrity guests, including Johnny Carson, Luke Perry, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who all appear on Krustyâ€™s comeback special. But itâ€™s Bette Midler who takes the cake for her hilarious method of cleaning up the streets of Springfield, as well as her emotional â€œWind Beneath My Wingsâ€ duet with Krusty. James Taylor in â€œHomer in Spaceâ€ When Homer causes a dangerous situation in outer space thanks to some ruffled potato chips and a broken ant farm, the only person who could truly save the day (besides the inanimate carbon rod) was former President/music superstar James Taylor. Paul Anka in â€œTreeehouse of Horror VIâ€ Leave it to The Simpsons and Paul Anka to make a song about ignoring rampaging billboards and advertisements that have come to life thatâ€™s not only funny and catchy, but also incredibly poignant. Tito Puente in â€œWho Shot Mr. Burns?â€ The legendary mambo musician played a pivotal role in one of the most iconic television cliffhangers of all-time, as both Lisaâ€™s new jazz instructor at Springfield Elementary and, eventually, a suspect in the shooting of Mr. Burns. He also penned a pretty snazzy song about the whole ordeal. Robert Goulet in â€œ$pringfieldâ€ Marge had a gambling problem when Mr. Burns casino opened in Springfield, but the real star of this episode was crooner Robert Goulet, who got conned into singing off-beat Christmas songs at Bartâ€™s treehouse casino. Weird Al Yankovic in â€œThree Gays of the Condoâ€ Sure, it was no â€œAnother One Bites the Crust,â€ but Weird Alâ€™s ode to Homer and Marge, â€œLove Goes On,â€ was enough to reunite the temporarily estranged pair. Thatâ€™s the power of Weird Al. Spinal Tap in â€œThe Otto Showâ€ The Simpsons and This is Spinal Tap! are two of the most influential pieces of musical comedy in pop culture history, so it made sense that when they came together theyâ€™d be in perfect harmony. Thatâ€™s because nobody rocks likeâ€¦ Springfield. Phish in â€œWeekend at Burnsiesâ€ Just like they would during any of their shows, Phish demanded to see the medical marijuana prescriptions of the Springfield concertgoers. The Rock â€˜N Roll Fantasy Camp gang in â€œHow I Spent My Strummer Vacationâ€ Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Lenny Kravitz, Tom Petty, Brian Setzer, and
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Friday, August 19, 2016
Medicine Hat News December 27, 1996 As we hurtle toward the end of another year, it’s time to take a look back at the year that was. Among the plethora of specials doing just that is one from the magazine mavens at Ladies Home Journal, which showcases women who left their mark on 1996. While viewers may not agree with those placed on the pedestal, some of the choices are fascinating. Two women from the world of television made the grade â€” talk-show host and millionairess Oprah Winfrey, and Rosie O’Donnell, dubbed the “Queen of Nice” by Time magazine for her kinder, gentler approach to talk TV. There’s also Sherrie Schneider and Ellen Fein, the authors of The Rule, the controversial book which lays down the law for behavior during dating. Jamie Lee Curtis hosts the segments on these women as well as reports which feature Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gloria Estefan, and Bette Midler. For those who didn’t make the list, take heart: There are 365 days left to try again.