Here's to Life

Album: Love Is The Answer (2009)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the opening track of Streisand's collection of jazz standards, Love is the Answer. Lyricist Phyllis Molinary penned this with composer, Artie Butler. It was first recorded by jazz singer and pianist Shirley Horn, who made it the title track of her 1991 album with an arrangement and production by Johnny Mandel. The award winning American arranger paid tribute to Molinary's lyric for this song in a letter to her, which said: "A lyric such as yours can't go unnoticed. It was both beautiful and heartfelt – just like the song itself. With a song like 'Here's to Life'; the whole project became a labor of love."
  • Love is the Answer debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart for the week of October 17, 2009. This meant that Streisand became the first act to achieve a #1 album in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000s. She also extended the chart record for the longest span of #1s among women. Her first chart-topping album, People reached the top position on the chart dated October 31, 1964, meaning her span of #1s stands at 44 years, 11 months and two weeks.

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