The first time I heard “I Believe in Love” was in the movie A Star is Born. Or, I should say, the remake. One of the many remakes of this story. The only version I’ve seen is the 1976 one with Kris Kristofferson and Barbra Streisand. It may be derided for the fashion, the performances, whatever, but I like the movie. (That may change if I ever see the version considered to be the best, with James Mason and Judy Garland, or at least the original)
I also loved, loved, loved the soundtrack. I swear I wore that vinyl out, singing those songs at the top of my lungs. This song comes from when Barbra’s character is thrust into the spotlight and she’s feeling her power on a grand scale. She’s enjoying the audience, the music, the whole experience. It’s kinda funky, slightly disco-esque, but it’s BARBRA STREISAND, for chrissakes!!!
It was years later that I realized this was actually a song by one of my faves, Kenny Loggins. Barbra’s version is actually the original, but Kenny finally sang his composition on his first solo album, Celebrate Me Home (the title tune is also a fantastic song in its own right), the year after her.
Sometimes when you hear a song and love it, then you find it done by the writer and end up thinking of it as inferior. So not the case here. I enjoy this just as much as Barbra’s take. His performance is lively, energetic and joyful.