After beading for months and months in preparation for a craft show next
month, I took a break from beading last night to go see Barry Manilow in
Colette went with me (under duress) and surprised herself by enjoying the
man and his music.
From the show opener until the last notes were sung, Barry sang his heart
out, giving his South Florida fans his very best. He always brings a fan up
from the audience to sing "Can't Smile Without You" and last night,
5-year-old Amanda surprised him by not only knowing all the words, but
singing on key and with gusto. She won the hearts of all the Manilow fans
His backup singers were a show on their own, and when Barry and his singers
did a vocal version of the 1812 Overture with only their voices as the
instruments, the crowd went crazy.
Although it seems Barry is another victim of bad plastic surgery (I think he
and Roger Daltrey went to the same guy), his awesome voice has not changed.
Four huge televisions focused on his face throughout the show, and caught
the tears on his cheeks as he sang "Somewhere Down the Road".
Filled not only with songs and videos from his early days (his debut on the
Mac Davis Show a long long time ago, when he looked like Shaun Cassidy), but
anecdotes, and jokes, it was a wonderful four hours of music and love. If
you get the chance to see his final tour, don't miss it. You will not be
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence
of our friends."
- Martin Luther King Jr.