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Soundtrack Of My Life: Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli a.k.a Lucille 2 on Arrested Development (now streaming on Netflix), tells us about the songs that shaped her.

The music that most reminds me of my childhood Certainly the songs from The Wizard of Oz [starring Minnelli’s mother, Judy Garland] and Bye Bye Birdie. And my father would play records — Ella Fitzgerald songs and Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart.

The song that reminds me of my mother ”Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” I think because my father directed the movie [Meet Me in St. Louis] and she looked so beautiful and the song was so sweet. But because she did it for a living, Mama didn’t really sing at home unless she was rehearsing.

The music that makes me want to dance now Anything by Lady Gaga and My Chemical Romance! I went to see [Gaga] in concert and she asked me to come backstage. She was so nice and normal and complimentary and genuine.

The first song I sang live I think it was on the Art Linkletter show; I was 4 and sang a little bit of ”Over the Rainbow,” impromptu. I remember that a piano player started to play with me to help me, and I shot him a dirty look — like, ”I don’t need you!”

The song that reminds me of heartbreak ”Chances Are” [by Johnny Mathis] or anything Bobby Darin. It makes me remember a crush on a boy named Bobby Mariano. He and Marvin Hamlisch and I were best friends. Marvin was my friend, but my crush was on Bobby.

The song fans always want to hear Either ”New York, New York” or ”Cabaret.” I like it. If they want you to do it, then you’re in business.

The song I love to sing live ”But the World Goes ‘Round,” because it changes with age. When I first sang it, it was kind of desperate. Now it’s just like, well, the world goes round, honey. And it still cooks!