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Monday, Oct. 8th 2018

Before interacting with this Barbra project, my life was so different and pretty boring in the way I shopped for things. I could barely get myself into resale shops and going through racks and racks of clothing or bins of books was torture. It just all seemed overwhelming until I started searching for vintage clothing and inspiration for Barbra’s looks for my shows.  I have truly become a “Second Hand Rose” and not only have I found entire albums for .50 and Funny Girl-inspired fur coats for $10.00!

It doesn’t end there because of the Facebook Barbra fan groups! It is a world of awesomeness with pics, stories and interesting Barbra fandom! I just have to share this amazing picture with great photo effects by Christopher Martyn in “The Barbra Streisand” group. Needless to say that now, if I am driving along and see a resale shop, I immediately pull over and surround myself in the bliss of possibility! Thank you, Barbra!

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Tuesday Sept. 26th, 2018

A huge THANK YOU to Ron Henderson aka, “The Fitness King” for interviewing me on his show, “Motivation!” I wasn’t sure if we wanted to interview me or me being Barbra and it was a blast! We went totally off script and laughed, sang and covered so many interesting topics. We had a few impromptu moments, as is his style and came out unscathed, for the most part! HAHA! Please take a listen, it’s pretty neat!

 

Tuesday, July 17th 2018

I had such a blast on Fox 9 “Morning Buzz!” This was my first time doing anything like this and yes, I was nervous until I went into the interview and really enjoyed singing! Thank you for tuning in and see you tomorrow morning on WCCO!

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Friday, July 13th 2018

Hey Babs Fans! How exciting is this?!? You will be able to see me on the Fox 9 “Morning Buzz”  on Tuesday, July 17th and WCCO on Wednesday, July 18th for their Morning Show to promote the Nicollet Island Inn show and a few upcoming dates around town.  Please, don’t let the “Parade Pass You By” and thank you again!

 

Thursday, July 5th 2018

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! Through your encouragement and undying love, I was able to create a wonderful Promo Video at Taylor Studios with the amazing help of Matt Grosso and it was really really fun! This was my first stab at performing in front of green screen, recording the vocals ahead of time, lip syncing and working with several cameras, very long days..! I felt one step closer to Janet Jackson and so many artist who had to do this process for MTV when I was growing up! Do you remember MTV?!?! I remember when it had first aired and was completely blown away. Well, I can’t promise the new video has that kind of impact, but check it out on the Gallery and Video tab, it’s like Buttah!

Tuesday, March 8, 2018

Hey Friends, enjoy the video as a part of a Kickstarter campaign to go to the Orlando Sunburst Convention of Celebrity Impersonators!! More information is listed below and thank you very very much!! Melody

I created a Kickstarter campaign because I have this amazing opportunity to perform in front of agents and Industry professionals and learn like crazy at the Sunburst Convention of Celebrity Impersonators in Orlando! My overreaching goal is to bring my Barbra to rural communities and towns that don’t have access to Vegas-like entertainment! Here is the link to Kickstarter and would love your help, plus the prizes are unreal! Enjoy the video, I changed the lyrics to “Evergreen” for my campaign!
Please help me get to the next level with this project and thanks so much!! here is the link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/melodyasbarbra/barbra-streisand-tribute-artist-needs-to-go-to-con#

 

I adore this concert and loved when Jason joined his mother to sing “How Deep is the Ocean” which is on his EP, they sound fabulous together!

Here is another by Jason, it’s gorgeous!

 

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018

 

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Happy Valentines and here is a portion of my script from the Barbra Show for inspiration! If you are looking for love, remain hopeful, I truly believe you’ll find it! If you’re in love, Mazel! If you’re unhappy in love, make the changes you need to make and if you’re single and looking to mingle, leave everything to me!

February 14, 2018

Thank you Paul Whittemore-Ruf for showing me this amazing article about Barbra’s Mall  in the basement and the awe/mystery surrounding it! This is a quick read and just fascinating and YES A FREAKING MALL! “Among the storefronts are a doll shop, a costume shop, and functioning candy store where she serves guests ice cream. On a recent visit to Streisand’s Malibu home, Lady Gaga and American Horror Story showrunner Ryan Murphy were invited down to the mall for frozen yogurt.”

https://jezebel.com/reminder-barbra-streisand-has-a-mall-in-her-basement-1738673870

February 13, 2018

Hi Babs fans! I can’t wait to see you on Feb. 11th at Camp and also aware that ticket prices are a little higher because it is a full two hour show. So basically, two shows in one 🙂 I am thrilled to give you even more Barbra from her archives for an amazing experience and round out your Valentine’s weekend! You Are The Greatest Star! Melody Mendis

January 24, 2018

Let me tell you, Keith and I are finally coming up for air and cannot wait for this next show.  I am continually amazed at the incredible amount of songs in Barbra’s repertoire and keep finding more, it’s staggering and truly never-ending, I feel like her songlist is the true final frontier!

One recent discovery was the album, “Barbra Streisand Wet.” Honestly, the only tracks I knew were the Jazz Standard, “Come Rain or Come Shine” and the famous Disco song No More Tears “Enough is Enough” with Donna Summer. I listened to the other ones and they are AMAZING! You have to check out “Kiss Me In The Rain” it’s beautiful, heartfelt and there’s a whimsical feeling in certain parts of the song.

Here is the pic:

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Well, I don’t want to spill the beans song-wise for the Valentines Show on Sunday, Feb. 11th, 3:00pm at Camp Bar in St. Paul. However, my director Keith has pulled selections from far and wide, yet not forgetting a few of the Classics.  Hope to see you there, tix link: www.brownpapertickets.com

You are the Greatest Star,

Melody

January 23, 2018

Hi friends! I am making more “Barbra” business cards and would love your opinion! As a Thank You, those who respond will be put in a drawing to receive a FREE ticket to my Valentines Show at 3:00pm on Sunday, Feb. 11th at Camp!! Fun right?!? Here are two examples and are both on a beautiful pink pearlescent paper. The first shot is the entire and the second/third shots are front and back. Which ones do you like and opinions please? Thank you so very much!!

 

 

January 2, 2018

I am currently in the process of creating and producing a Melody is “Barbra” Christmas show! It is a dream project and complete with a fabulous gown, accompanist and Barbra’s Holiday Hits! Stay tuned for the December dates! Woohoo!

Here is a video blog highlighting a few publications that influence my writing and costuming ideas, hope you enjoy this window into my process! Also, I must mention my director Keith Russell is also extremely knowledgeable about everything Barbra and is a fantastic resource. Enjoy!

 

 

 

I found an incredible and pristine original copy of a 1966 Time Magazine featuring Barbra! Here is a fantastic article outlining the contents..enjoy!

http://time.com/3676893/life-with-streisand-early-photos-of-an-insecure-star/