“Did you ever know that you’re my hero?”
“From a distance, there is harmony!”
“Some say love, it is a river.”
Ask any casual Bette Midler fan (or anyone born beyond 1990) about the diva’s discography, and they’ll likely name that trio of tear-jerking hits: “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “From a Distance” and “The Rose.”
For Bette diehards, though — this writer included — the Divine Miss M’s catalog brims with provocative performances that play up an overlooked aspect of her artistry: She’s a magnetic, and...