Roslyn Kind Sang At Brooklyn College, and I Was There
Barbra's half sister Roslyn Kind has a strong, lovely voice, which she applied to a series of standards at Brooklyn College the other night--everything from "All That Jazz" to "Losing My Mind" to "Meadowlark" and beyond.
And she's funny, too.
Roslyn remarked, "Apple created the best phone ever, and they hire AT&T to service it. It's like hiring a hooker to babysit your child!"
Spotting a fan in the audience, she said: "She flew in from Florida today for this concert. It's really great having rich stalkers. So much better than the ones that jump out of the bushes!"
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And after insisting that the tech person fix the sound--which indeed needed fixing--Roz smiled and said: "I hate to be a kvetch. It's a side of myself that don't like to have. But I'm Jewish--it comes with the territory!"
By the way, Roz never directly mentioned her sister, probably so as not to seem exploitive. It's a very classy approach, though Barbra becomes a bit of the elephant in the room.
Still, Roz did give us some childhood insight at the gala afterward.
She said her mother happened to be a wonderful singer--Ma's father was a cantor--but she didn't pursue it. Instead, said Roz, she passed on her wonderful genes to the kids.
So true--and the genes were enough to create two great singers.
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