Now that Thanksgiving is over, business has been open again for MakeSandcastlesNotWar. It’s only a few days after holiday and we received yet ANOTHER clue on our desk! Another empty glass bottle was found in the office with a label that reads, “12/15/16 – ????”. Inside the bottle was a message rolled and tied up. We pulled out the paper and the message said, “Barbara Streisand recorded We’ve Only Just Begun on April 20th 1971”.
Well then…Barbara Streisand recorded a song on April 20th 1971. What does this even entail? Is Barbara Streisand a big clue to the secret category? Why have there been 2 musicians (Freddie Mercury and Barbara Streisand) mentioned in these clues?
I think it’s best if we dive into more details about the history behind the clue itself. Barbara Streisand has become an icon in multiple fields of entertainment within the past decades. She is known as singer, songwriter, actress, and even a filmmaker. Streisand is also one of the best-selling music artists of all time, selling more than 68.5 million albums in the US and 145 million records worldwide.
After diving into the music industry, Barbara started her gig as an actress with her role as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. Funny Girl is a musical set around New York City around the time World War I was happening. Fanny Brice waits for her husband Nicky Arnstein from prison and the story moves into an extended flashback, focusing on their history together. It is a classic play that introduced catchy songs like ‘People’ and ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’. The film landed her multiple awards including the Academy Award for Best Actress, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
Our clue dives back into Barbara’s music career with the song We’ve Only Just Begun that she recorded on April 20th 1971. The lyrics to the song were originally written by Paul Williams and it became a hit single by The Carpenters. Paul Williams may have originally wrote the lyrics, but Barbara recorded her version of the tune.
Here’s the set of puzzles we have so far: Two empty bottles labeled ‘12/15/16 – ????’. The first clue revolves around an All-Star Concert in tribute to Freddie Mercury that was held on April 20th, 1992 (more on this clue here). Our latest clue is about Barbara Streisand recording her version of We’ve Only Just Begun for her CD on April 20th, 1971. Two musicians, yet they create different genres of music. Why are musicians only being mentioned in these clues? Are there correlations between Freddie Mercury and Barbara Streisand? Where are these clues leading us?
In the end, we have been left with even more questions than answers about this secret category. More clues and still no answer has been found about the mystery category. What will the secret category focus on? Could this drastically change the course of MakeSandcastlesNotWar as we know it? December 15th is just a few weeks away and we are heading into the year 2017 in a month. Things will start getting A LOT more interesting for MakeSandcastlesNotWar. Stay Tuned!