HAPPY 80TH BIRTHDAY, BARRY MANILOW!
I could not let this day pass without wishing the one, the only, Mr. Barry Manilow, a happy 80th birthday!
I do have a favorite song - "All The Time". Barry says that "All The Time" was written for those who never fit in and felt like misfits. Those individuals later realized that they had wasted a lot of time trying to find their place in the world when they could have just believed in themselves and been happy.
His voice sounds as good today as any other time in his career - even the critics agree.
Speaking of critics, Barry doesn't care what they think. Period. He said he is not playing for them, he is playing for his fans. Period.
Barry's Copacabana jacket was requested by the Smithsonian Institute. Barry sent the jacket and joked that "I always thought it would end up in an institute". They sent it back.
All of his shows in Las Vegas are sell outs! He is working on his birthday! He has a show tonight.
No doubt he has had plastic surgery. Obviously, I know. But if he went all natural, people would complain that he looks "old". No winning.
The Mushill house has Barry on 33 rpm records, 45 rpm records, cassette tapes, 8-track tapes, Ipod, CDs, Ipad, videos, karaoke, Iphone, CD's, DVDs and of course ManilowTV ($9.99/mo. - thank you, Ted Mushill, for the Valentine's Day gift many years ago).
When Barry writes a song, there is always at least one key change (but usually more).
Barry did NOT write "I Write The Songs". But he sure wrote a lot of #1 hits!
Kids were gathering outside of a mall so the police started playing Barry Manilow 24/7 and they no longer had a loitering problem!
I really did sit on stage with Barry Manilow in March of 2006. When I called mom from the stage she said "just don't hurt him".
We all have artists that bring us joy. Barry has brought me so much more than joy. He has helped me celebrate the good times, gotten me through the rough times, shown me that it is okay if you have critics, provided me with music that I can jam to in the car with the windows down and most importantly, that it is okay to be yourself - you do not need to change for others.
Barry Manilow - on behalf of all of your fans (and even those fans that will not admit they are fans), thank you for blessing us for 80 years!
Dawn Mushill, CEO
Customer Service and Beyond
PO Box 314
Troy, IL 62294