Thursday, November 11, 2004

Barry's wisdom

Last night, I saw my favorite musician in concert. Yes, my favorite musician is Barry Manilow. Deal with it.

A few entertaining snippets from last night's concert:

"I'm Barry Manilow and this is what Clay Aiken is going to look like in 30 years." - Starting out the evening with a laugh.

"If they do a Broadway show based on 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory', he should play Willy Wonka." - My sister, describing Barry's first outfit--a long black suit coat and striped pants. He changed mid-set twice and once during intermission--bringing us to a total of 4 outfits for the evening.

"I'm following the doctor's orders. I took antibiotics. Before I came out I took Contact, Sudafed and Robitussen. I may sound like sh*t, but I feel fabulous!" - Barry, apologizing for his bronchitis that postponed Sunday's show.

"That's one of my favorite composers. After that rendition, now he's decomposing. And while we're in the classical mood, here's a Chopin tune I've butchered." - Barry, between the a capella version of the "William Tell Overture" with his backup singers and "Could It Be Magic?", based on Chopin's "Prelude in C".

"If she comes down with bronchitis, we'll know where she got it." - Me, to my sister, after Julie, the audience member Barry chose to sing "Can't Smile Without You" with, gave him a long kiss on her way offstage. (Her sign said, "End the torture" and was bordered with white lights.)

"Ew, that's dirty!" - My sister, when Barry sat on the piano while Julie stood in between his legs in front of him.

"When I sing this song here (in the corner of the stage), the lighting is great but these things (aluminum stair railings) are so uncomfortable to sit on. Mostly because I have no @ss. Would anyone let me borrow their @ss?" Yes, there were volunteers. However he felt, that particular song made my heart hurt because it was so beautiful.

"Isn't this the best music?" - The man in front of us to his wife.

Yes, it is.

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