The Things I’d Do For Barry

I make no secret of the fact that I love Barry Manilow.  I think the man has a voice so rich and smooth that the paint could just melt right off the walls.  And oh yes, his songs are JUST FINE for singing at the top of your lungs in the mini-van.  I have taken plenty of guff from my friends for this over the years–somebody, somewhere, decided that my Barry is less than hip, though I’ll bet those uninformed souls have never sat through an entire, blissful CD.

My husband is hoping that it’s my Barry who will finally get me to go with him to Las Vegas.  Hubs has always desperately wanted to go, as long as I’ve known him–I have no idea why, because he doesn’t gamble and he HATES shows.  I have firmly resisted, because the old-timey Southern Baptist girl deep inside of me is, evidently, alive and well.  What if I choked on a chicken bone in a casino and died right there on the spot?  In all future family lore I would be forever known as the lady who keeled over at the black-jack table.  That just won’t do.

As you may know, Barry is in Vegas these days, and my sweet Hubs is not above a little bribery.  "Barry tickets," he sing-songs, whenever the subject of Las Vegas comes up.  "Chicken bone," I sing-song back, but I’m weakening.  Oh yes, I’m weakening.

The reason I have Barry on the brain these days is that I just learned that he has a new Christmas CD.  My Barry!  Singing Christmas songs!  I’ve heard it, and it’s spectacular.  it’s called "In the Swing of Christmas", and it’s only available at Hallmark Gold Crown stores THIS MONTH.  I wrote them and shamelessly begged suggested they let me give a few away to you.  They graciously agreed, so here’s your chance to win a copy of "In the Swing Of Christmas". 

In order to win, you have to leave a comment on this post, and you MUST SAY SOMETHING NICE ABOUT MY BARRY.  And you have to mean it–I have a very acute radar for fake Barry-love, y’all.  I’ll leave comments open until Wednesday morning, December 5th and then I’ll select three winners. Points may be given for creativity, depending on the mood I’m in when I draw the winners. 

(And you know what?  My friend Melanie says that I’m not going to get any comments on this post.  She really does!  Please prove her wrong, because I will not be able to live with her otherwise.)

THE COMMENTS ARE NOW CLOSED.  I’LL ANNOUNCE A WINNER THURSDAY MORNING!

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197 thoughts on “The Things I’d Do For Barry

  1. Tammy says:

    I love Barry!!He was the big thing to like when I was in high school!!How neat that he has a Christmas CD.The song selection sounds pretty good-All vocals on Silver Bells !!

  2. Michele says:

    I really like Barry, and enjoy singing along with his songs. But, my sister…. My sister had her kids singing along at the tops of their voices in the minivan from their very beginnings. They would sing his songs to themselves when ever and where ever the mood struck, and in just the exact order. They were all Manilow head. She has big kids now and misses “The Days.” I would LOVE to win and give my sis the new Barry CD for Christmas.

  3. Lynne says:

    Love Barry – I already have the new Christmas CD and it’s GOOD! I also have tickets to see Barry in Atlanta on January 19!!!
    He has a new show on PBS that showed here in Atlanta last night – singing songs of the 70’s. One of his better shows. Check your PBS listings!

  4. Howdy says:

    I’m not at all afraid to say I enjoy Barry’s music! And I agree his music is so singable. We are moving and all my Christmas CD’s are packed away in a POD that I won’t see for 6 months or more. So I would really Love to have a GREAT Christmas CD to listen to! We moved out of our house last week – we will be in this apartment until the 22nd of Dec. when we will move into a townhouse for 6 months while we house hunt. Not enough time to bother decorating much beyond a table cloth and a wreath. Holiday music really will make all the difference!

  5. Allison says:

    I LOVE Barry Manilow!!! I saw him at Madison Square Garden last year. He was amazing. I have been a huge fan since I was about 8 years old. My husband and kids make fun of me too! I don’t care. You should go see him in Vegas. It is not just a “concert” That man is an entertainer!!! I would love to have his new CD. I really love Christmas music too! Now I could REALLY annoy my family!

  6. andrea says:

    I too LOVE Barry! I listened to him all through high school and had great fun singing in the car with all the girls! We love Barry and that is the truth. I will be going to Hallmark to pick up that CD. What a great gift for my friends. By the way, I love your blog and I drop in every morning with my coffee. Kindest regards!!

  7. Haether @ Desperately Seeking Sanity says:

    Oh Barry!
    Funny story about Barry in my life. He was my first concert when I was six years old. My mother had a friend who bailed, so she took me. And a pillow so that I could sit on it to see. Then she promised me a milkshake at McDonald’s afterwards if I was good.
    During the concert he asked for someone to come and sing with him. I waved my hand frantically (from the nose bleed section) and was devastated when he didn’t pick me.
    I fell asleep before I could claim my milkshake.
    when I was 16, living in Philadelphia, Barry came and my mother and I went. We had the whole lawn practically to ourselves and we sat back there and sang and sang and sang. And again, he didn’t pick me to sing with him. This time I was not as upset and I did get my milkshake.
    When I was 26 Mom and I traveled to Richmond to see him. (Are you seeing a 10 year pattern here?) Guess who he didn’t pick to sing with him? Yeah.. that would be me. But mom and I had a great girls weekend with Barry and promised that we would continue our tradition.
    I am kinda hoping that we can go again before I turn 36, but with mom and I living in different states, sometimes it’s difficult to get together with out the kids.
    But Vegas? Mom’s always wanted all the Moore women to go on a trip together. (There are 5 of us) and I’m thinking that this just might be the trip!

  8. stephanie says:

    I have to say, he does have a great voice! And I’d much rather have my girls listening to his Christmas music than some others’ Christmas albums that are out there! (Okay, I’m not sure where that apostrophe should go – hopefully that won’t disqualify me). πŸ™‚

  9. Jen M says:

    I’ve only recently discovered Barry. I know, I know, I must have grown up under a rock. Cut me a little slack, ok? πŸ˜‰ I’d love a CD of his to call my very own!!!

  10. laurie says:

    Wow, I’d forgotten how wonderful Barry’s voice was. I’d love to get his CD free. If I don’t I’ll have to go to Hallmark, again.

  11. Elizabeth says:

    Love that Barry Manilow, but I would not say that his voice takes the paint off the walls… at our house that is an event that takes place after a shamelessly smelly episode initiated by one of the boys I live with.
    My Southern Baptist parents loved Vegas. They took my son when he was 8ish and all three still talk about it. Go.

  12. Jeanette from Texas says:

    I love Barry too. I have tried to see him 3 times in concert. Once when I was about 16 my Dad drove me to Tulsa early early one cold morning to camp out for tickets. He saw the line wrapping around the convention center when we got there and talked me out of it. He took me to the mall instead. Then as a 30 something young mother, I actually found 3 friends that agreed to go to the concert in Waco. We all found babysitters and drove to Waco. Had a wonderful dinner and went to the concert hall. There was not one car in the parking lot. We went up to the ticket window and the woman there looked at us funny and said “didn’t you hear that the concert was cancelled”. My husband was home with the kids so we just went to the outlet mall instead. The last time was just a few years ago. I was sitting at my desk at work depressed that I couldn’t find anyone to go to the Barry concert in Dallas with me. My boss heard me and said that would be a wonderful present for his wife on her birthday. So they went and had a great time. Wow, I say if your husband will go to the concert with you go to Las Vegas. Not many husbands will go to that concert, take advantage of it. And sneak me along so I can finally see Barry. He has one song that I love and it is not on any of his CD’s. I can’t remember the title, but I cry everytime I hear it because it is so sweet.

  13. mimi2six says:

    I know I can’t win the giveaway because I’m your mother, but I wanted to take a stand for Barry! It must be genetic, because I’ve loved his music for decades. Even back when you were listening to rock music as a teenager, I had a Barry tape I loved and swooned over!

  14. mimi2six says:

    I know I can’t win the giveaway because I’m your mother, but I wanted to take a stand for Barry! It must be genetic, because I’ve loved his music for decades. Even back when you were listening to rock music as a teenager, I had a Barry tape I loved and swooned over!

  15. Heather says:

    Oh my goodness!! I thought I was the only under 40 who loved Barry! My daughter has been singing “Coco Banana” since she could talk πŸ™‚ We watch him together on Oprah over and over. I figured if I can’t find any real life friends who love Barry, I’ll just raise one πŸ™‚

  16. Fran says:

    I’ll be honest Shannon…I like some Barry but I don’t love him. HOWEVER, I have a friend that would do some serious 38 yr old backflips over this CD….so out of the love of friendship, I hope to win for her!

  17. kellie says:

    I Grew up listening to Barry, my Mom loved him, and I loved him too.
    In high school when everybody was listening to Duran Duran, I would hide my Barry Manilow tapes when my friends would come over.
    I agree with you about his voice. But for me it also reminds me of being at home, happy and content.
    Also, I love Barry as an adult because he wrote almost almost all the jingles for commercials and catchy TV songs that we grew up with as a kid, so not only does he sound good but he is the author of many-a-tune! Amazing!
    Thanks for being honest about your Manilow Love, You are nto alone!

  18. Mich says:

    Shannon,
    You would enjoy Vegas – I promise! I said almost the exact same thing to my husband and I was wrong. Now I love it and plan our yearly trip out to the Disney World for Grown-ups! Just think Barry is calling your name…Shannon, Shannon come see me!

  19. Melissa says:

    I have loved Barry Manilow’s songs for almost 30 years when a friend gave me one of his albums for my 12th birthday. That rich voice…those singable touching lyrics…and how could I not love his song “Could It Be Magic” where he sings of his Sweet Melissa…

  20. julie@thedailycastle says:

    Even Now I Can’t Smile Without You. It Could Be Magic to hear That One Voice. I would Read ‘Em and Weep listening to the Old Songs. It’s A Miracle when This One’s For You. I’m Ready To Take A Chance Again.
    True Barry fans will understand.

  21. Gretchen says:

    Wow some of these comments are long- it took me forever to scroll through them!!! I LOVE Christmas music – I even break my husband’s rule of waiting until the day after Thanksgiving =) and I’m raising 4 little girls who aid me in my rule-breaking. I’m not a huge Barry fan but I do think he has a great voice and him singing Christmas music – now that’s real Christmas music!

  22. Queen B says:

    I love Barry. I even kind of got my husband to like him. He’d deny it, though. I am dying to get a new dog and name her Lola, because she’ll be a showgirl. Really, that is true. I’ve got her picked out and everything.

  23. Staci at Writing and Living says:

    I have taken flack for years for my love of Barry Manilow. If I have time I can fine a link to at least one post on my blog where I’ve mentioned my love of Barry Manilow.
    I was the only girl in my dorm in 1991 who had both a Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow cassette tape that she listened to regularly.
    When you’re fifteen, there is nothing better than “Weekend in New England” to play over and over when you feel you’ve left the love of your life behind at summer camp. Even though I am a Midwestern girl and have never been to New England or a long rocky beach. Some things are universal.

  24. TracyMichele says:

    I’m a closet Barry fan. πŸ™‚ Here is something your readers might not know.. Barry wrote the music to the “Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is there” jingle! So each time I hear that commercial, I get a butterflies thinking of Barry. Oh, and coincindently (or not) we have State Farm Insurance. πŸ™‚

  25. Alesha says:

    My first big crush in high school – like the “maybe he could be the one” crush – didn’t work out so well. Barry is the only thing that got me through it. I just kept picturing the one that “got away” pining away many years hence when he heard “Even Now” in the elevator!
    Eventually, I gave up on that crush. I decided to let “Ready to Take a Chance Again” be my theme instead! Only with a different guy! And, miracle of miracles, HE ended up being “the one”!!!
    Thanks, Barry!
    Alesha

  26. Scratchin' the Surface says:

    Shannon, I already have the CD, bought from Hallmark a few weeks back, but if I actually win one I’ll send it on to someone who needs a bit of smoozy Christmas cheer. I saw Barry in concert at Redrocks Amphtheater, Colorado at least 25 years ago and he was an absolute delight.

  27. Tammy says:

    Hi. My name is Tammy and I like Barry too. I had the good luck to see Barry perform at the Evergreen State Fair in 1999. My sister won a radio contest, where she got to sit in “box seats” containing a nice leather love seat. After the show, the loveseat was delivered to her house. While it was quite fun to kick the mayor out of what she thought was her seat, watching Barry was even better. The man knows how to entertain a crowd, that’s for sure. And he’s a musical genius. He can sing, he entertains all ages, and he seems like a nice person. Thanks for giving me the chance to express it.

  28. Jessica says:

    I need to be educated in the music of Barry Manilow…this sheltered girl recognizes his face but not his voice. Help me! I have a feeling this needs to be rectified!!!

  29. Jenn says:

    I am also a fanalow! Keep singing sista. “Turn the radio up!” He “write(s) the songs that make the whole world sing.” (Myself included!)

  30. Valerie says:

    I will start out by admitting that I am not a Barry fan, but I am not entering this for myself (though a good Christmas CD might win me over to the dark side). My *husband* is a HUGE Barry fan. How huge? Huge enough to take *my mother* to the Barry Manilow concert when it was in town and my dad and I refused to go. That’s some big Barry love.

  31. Julie says:

    A fellow Fanilow! I had no idea. I have been a Barry fan for more years than I care to admit. (Let’s just say since I was in junior high and leave out any dates.) My husband always made fun of me until he went with me to a concert here in town. OK, he still makes fun of me, but now he appreciates Barry for the showman that he is. I have many of his albums. Yes, albums. I was so excited years ago when he had the song “Oh, Julie”. I would love to add this Christmas cd to my collection.

  32. Lisa@Take90West says:

    I think you might need to find some new friendalows who appreciate a man who can sing! (Singa and people can actually understand the lyrics, too!)
    My girlfriends and I love him! He is fun to sing along and we even went to see a Barry Manilow impersonator in concert until the real deal comes to our town. And you are welcome to come with us when he does.

  33. Jane says:

    Well, I am from Jersey so Bruce trumps Barry in my must have music category, BUT what world with this be without Mandy?
    Also, I forget what awards show it was with Barry and Dick Clark where Dick Clark was having some trouble and Barry helped him out. The very next day Barry had some surgery and he talked about taking his statue into the operating room. What a down to earth mega star!
    As for Vegas Go! I too do not gamble and I can not afford the shows, but the hotels are so amazing! We stayed at Madalay Bay for some crazy price-$200 for three days- I think. We had such a great time eating at wonderful restaurants and looking at all the lights. Because Vegas looks so different than any other place, it is a great escape to forget the daily stuff for a day or two.

  34. Elizamus says:

    I have always loved Barry. When I was 16, my brother got me the “Barry Manilow Live” album. He hid it in our house and I had to find it. It was in the fireplace wrapped in plastic. Years later I saw him in concert with a fellow Mani-loony. Barry sent a guy out in the audience to take song requests. My friend swooned into my lap in an effort to grab the buy. Sadly we did not get picked. And when they had the PBS special a few years ago I sat there and sang along. If frightened my husband who would not go to the Barry show with me in Vegas. I am jealous!

  35. Karen says:

    We’ve been to 2 different Barry concerts… gosh, I’ve been listening to him since “I Write the Songs.” Hmm, Vegas isn’t really all that far from here….. wonder if I could find a couple of other ladies to make a weekend of it?
    Can’t pick a favorite song or CD, but really loved his “2 AM Paradise Cafe”… Oh, and “Jump Shout Boogie” was so much fun to sing along with!

  36. Deb - Mom of 3 Girls says:

    I love Barry Manilow! His LIVE album (yes, on vinyl) was the first record album that I ever owned and I still love to listen to my copy on cassette tape (and I’d love to find it on CD one of these days). I know the words to pretty much every song on that album and some of my best memories of growing up are from dancing around our living room with my brother and our babysitter to Barry’s songs. I so want his Christmas album! πŸ™‚

  37. Shannon says:

    FREE BARRY MANILOW!!!
    Be still me heart. I absolutely love his older Christmas cd…man, I could sing that at the top of my voice in the car. If you put the volume up loud enough, you can’t even hear the kids complain about him!
    Love me some Barry πŸ™‚

  38. Cris says:

    First, Barry can sing baby!
    Second, here’s the story… My in-laws and my aunt & uncle in-law (did I just make that up?)just came back from Vegas and they went to his show. Now these people are Cuban. Granted they have been in this country for close to 40 years, they know who Barry is and the aunt-in-law can even sing his songs. They had a blast! All of them commented on what a great showman he is.Go to Vegas…see the show… enjoy the show…make hubs promise to post a good girl gave it all up for Barry if chicken bone happens…hope I win! But either way you gave me a nice idea for a Christmas gift for them.

  39. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE Barry! I don’t care who knows about it!
    I had all of his albums when I was a little girl.
    My best friend Mary Pat and I made up a very cool dance to his great song VSM. Do you remember that one? It is all of his jingles put together for a fun song.
    Even today when Mary Pat and I are together we start belting out the start of the song and can do some of the dance. My kids and husband have almost disowned me.
    I love that you are having this giveaway!!

  40. Cori says:

    I grew up listening to Barry, Barbra and Neil. I love to listen to the man sing about writing the songs that make the whole world sing. Oh yeah, baby, you’ve got to love some Barry and I’m not talking White!

  41. Anne says:

    I think some Barry Christmas music would be the perfect setting for my Christmas baking. Can’t you see it now: listening, humming, stirring, mixing, singing out loud!
    What a great giveaway!

  42. Tricia says:

    I am totally willing to take all the guff that all 4 of my kids and my dh will give me if I play me some Barry Christmas music.
    I LIVE to embarrass my teens so please, please I hope I win. I can pick up all their friends in the 12 passenger van to ferry them all to their latest social event, (something I do with alarming regularity) and play some BERRY CHRISTMAS MUSIC! Oh, my kids, they will love me.

  43. Anne says:

    We love Barry too. I love the Hallmark commercial, did you notice the woman in the commercial speaks to her little girl named ‘Mandy’ ? πŸ™‚

  44. Anne-Marie says:

    I’ve enjoyed Barry Manilow since I was a youngster. Our sixth grade choir sang “I Write The Songs” at a big program, and I recall learning the fine art of aerobic dance in ninth grade PE to the sound of Copa Cabana, this in a junior high school in Las Vegas. It was quite exciting when my Dad went to work in an architectural firm where one of the young women also sang back up vocals for Barry Manilow. I got an autographed photo of another singer she worked for, but never managed the coveted Barry autograph. Alas! Still, I enjoyed his music and revelled in being acquainted with someone who actually knew him.
    As for a visit to Vegas, don’t stress over the chicken bone in the casino phobia. You’ve heard the motto, what happens in Vegas? They’ll keep that chicken bone quiet! And you could always make the 60 mile trek out our direction to meet the goat, the pig, the ducks, and have some fresh chicken at our little “ranch”…well, our flock’s a little down right now, so it might have to be store bought!

  45. Jamie says:

    When I was in 6th grade, one of my friends LOVED Barry, and I made fun of her.
    Fast forward several years and guess whose husband made her very happy by taking her to see Barry for her birthday. I was very easy to buy for for holidays and birthdays for a few years, since a Barry CD was always available.
    I saw the commercial for this CD last night for the first time- I died at the end, it was so funny.
    I love, love, love my Barry and even have his music playing on my blog.

  46. Macy says:

    A story:
    When I was 13 years old, I went to my very first concert. It was Barry Manilow. I was in heaven. I’ve been singing his songs since I was 4 years old. The time in the concert came for “Can’t Smile Without You.” He invited a member of the audience to come onstage and sing with him. I started jumping up and down, praying I would get picked. I knew the words, I could sing the key changes, I even knew the background vocals. Surely he would see me. Then, he was looking at me, pointing my direction, my heart stopped for a moment – and then he picked the woman right in front of me. My bitter disappointment became more intense when this woman couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket and didn’t even know the words. I’ve been upset about it for a very long time. Ever since, I have had a recurring dream that Barry did pick me and his manager just happened to be backstage and he was so amazed with my singing that he offered me a record deal and I became famous. I’m still hopeful I’ll get to sing with him someday.
    I’m sure a copy of his new Christmas CD can help me deal with some of the remaining pain. His recording of “Jingle Bells” with Expose is one of the first Christmas songs I turn on every year. Thanks for the giveaway Shannon! I really enjoy reading your blog.

  47. Laura says:

    Barry is so hip. Didn’t he come out on Dancing with the stars one year? Anyway, I really liked him in the 80’s while growing up and still like him now.

  48. chilihead says:

    Y’all are a bunch of suck-ups. πŸ˜‰ LOL
    I’m glad I was wrong and you’re getting fake comments. πŸ˜‰ ROFLOL
    I’m VEEEEERRRRY happy for you and Barry. πŸ˜‰ Bwahahahaha!

  49. Karen in Iowa says:

    YES! I love Barry, too! I’ve been a fan since he first came on the scene in the 70’s(showing my age!) and I finally got to one of his concerts 10 years ago. My friend and I had waited to get our tickets and as luck would have it, we ended up in the very top row of the theatre where you need binoculars! But this turned out to be lucky for us because our seats were right in front of some spotlights and they had to move us! We ended up with floor seats just a few feet from the stage! It’s a night I’ll always remember!

  50. Kim says:

    When I was 14yrs old we drove from Ontario, Canada (my home), to Florida to visit Disney Land – we didn’t have MP3 players or iPods in those days (about 25 yrs ago). I had a small cassette player that just played music – no headphones – we listened/I sang to Coppa Cabana ALL the way there. Did I mention the drive was about a week long? That tape went missing once we arrived though – I wonder why?
    Music and fashion were all the passion at the Copa, Copa Cabaaaaana! Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl……I forget the rest…..Copa, Copa Cabaaaaaana!
    Love Barry – you should go!

  51. Krista says:

    Barry’s “This One’s For You” album was the first one I chose when my Mom let me join a record club in the 70s and get 12 albums for one cent!!! I eventually ordered them all. I LOVE BARRY. I knew my husband was the man for me when, on our first date, I looked in his glove compartment at his tapes, and he had BARRY in there!!! We have seen Barry in person twice. You should go to Vegas. You will not be sorry. Just bring a bunch of SlimFast shakes or something, so there’s no choking hazard.

  52. Kathy says:

    I’ll join all the rest of the Barry Fans! He is one in a million, isn’t he? I’m so old that I can remember singing his songs way back when. He’s been on my list of favs ever since!

  53. floorplan says:

    Barry is SOOOO singable : )
    I will never forget, as a starry-eyed teen, running out to the car during New Year’s Eve Countdown service at church, checking in with Casey Kasom (spelling, PLEASE) to see where “Mandy” landed on the 100 countdown. AND WHEN IT WAS ANNOUNCED AS NUMBER 1, I was right there, sitting in the dark, cold car singing along at the top of my voice.
    I’ll take that free CD : )

  54. Cindy says:

    I have such mixed emotions about this post… I want you to go to Vegas because it is so fun even without gambling!! The hotels and casinos are just so amazing! And the food… oh, the food. And I want you to have your amazing dream-come-true concert. And I love giveaways and anything free.
    But here’s where the emotions are muddled…
    Barry Manilow? REALLY? R-E-A-L-L-Y?
    The fact that you can admit your sickness is the most impressive thing here.
    I do love Mandy, though. And maybe a couple others. But I wouldn’t post it for the whole world to see. Nope.

  55. Wendylicious says:

    I used to make fun of “Fanilows”, having never heard any of his music, just going along with what society told me was cool.
    Until I heard “Copacabana”. OMG! I am not a total Fanilow myself. I have tons of his music on my MP3 player!
    PS…Vegas is fun. I don’t gamble either and I love it. Go for the people watching, if nothing else. (and the pizza at that little place over in New York, New York!)

  56. Princess Leia says:

    So when I was a freshman in high school (1990), we (our marching band) marched in the Macy’s T-day Parade. We’re weren’t just any old band in the parade though – no, we were the band that brought in Santa Clause! Since the artist that immediately preceeds Santa is something of a big deal too, we were told in advance who it would be. When my mom asked who it was, all I could remember was that it was “some guy named Barry.” (Don’t hate me, I was young!)
    I have been teased mercilessly about that incident ever since.
    Honestly, I’m not a _huge_ fan of his (although I agree that he’s got a _great_ voice and some kicky songs)…but we’ve got a friend who “squees” over him like you do. I’d love to be able to give this to her!

  57. dallimomma says:

    I wish there were a way to post this anonymously and still win, such is my history with Barry Manilow. Think back to the days of 8-track tapes and basement rec rooms. I can’t go into any more detail since not enough time has passed for my parents to find my ‘true confessions’ funny yet, but suffice it to say, Barry’s smooth love songs were the backdrop for some romantic interludes on more than one occasion. Not that the Christmas album would be the same way; I don’t even have a basement rec room any more!

  58. chrissy says:

    My husband sang back up for Barry once when we were in college. It’s his claim to fame. Meanwhile I had a college roommate who was completely obsessed with Barry and was insanely jealous that I was dating one of his backup singers. Ha! Anyway, if I win the CD I’ll send it to her for Christmas, and she’ll love me forever.

  59. Jenny says:

    Like you I take a lot of flack for being a Barry Fan. However I stand by that man beautiful smooth sound.
    BTW – I broke down and went to Vegas in October this year. Lots to do other than gamble. Interesting city and I am glad i went to see it. And yes – I can confirm – Barry is there!!!

  60. Emily C says:

    I was first introduced to Barry a few years ago when I ran errands for a family in Wheaton, IL. I got to drive around their sleek, gold Lexus with heated, leather seats and a lovely sun roof (for those few sunny days a Chicago winter when a sun roof makes the world feel warm), and while I drove I would press “play” and, indubitably, magical notes would spring forth from Barry M. He saw me through many errands then and accompanies me on my errand-running these days. And even though I’m now in a gray Taurus, Barry makes me feel just as rich.

  61. sam says:

    My mom is a huge Barry Manilow fan. I cannot say that I care about him in the same way you and she do but I will say that I can sing along to most of his tunes and have looked at that CD in the Hallmark store quite a few times. Oh, I pretend I am thinking of getting it for her but I think I am seriously thinking of getting it for myself.

  62. Karen says:

    I can’t believe I found a kindred soul. I have been a fan of Barry Manilow for as long as I can remember. My cousins and I put on shows every summer in our grandparents basement. The highlight of the show was Cocacabana, of course. I always got stuck playing Tony since I was the youngest. (Those were the days when we thought that “her dress cut down there” meant she had a really long dress on!) Oh those blissful days in my grandparents basement listening to those Barry albums (oh yes, with the coin on the arm of the record player so it wouldn’t skip)! Today, I, too, belt out Barry in the minivan. I look forward to the day when my three girls join in with me. “Her name was Lola!”

  63. Laura says:

    Oh I wish I had an amazing love story to interject here about hubs and I getting our groove on over some lovely sultry Barry Manilow music but alas we have no such story….but it’s never too late right?
    Vegas is awesome, I loved it!!!

  64. Geevz says:

    Who said Barry wasn’t cool? When I was in the ever so awkward middle school years we had a small obsession with “Just can’t get enough of your love baby.” And I would have to say Christmas and Barry just go together. I would love the CD.

  65. Robin in New Jersey says:

    I used to like Barry. I even went to a couple concerts in the late 70’s early 80’s. I am not a CD buyer, which the husband likes, because it saves some money so he can buy more CD’s for himself! Anyway, I digress…I say used to like because when Barry made the comments about not appearing on the View because he thought Elizabeth was dangerous because of her religious views, I decided I couldn’t like him anymore. 😦 Sorry to disappoint…

  66. ~liz says:

    barry manilow was my first “secular” cassette tape. i think i was 8 or 9, and my grammy gave it to me for christmas. i used to dance to “mandy” and “i made it through the rain” and even pretended he was singing to me. ah yes, i’m a secret fan of the manilow man. πŸ™‚
    ~liz

  67. pippi says:

    I love Barry, too. Have since my teens. Much to hubby’s dismay as he LOATHES Barry. But I agree that singing Barry at the top of my lungs is theraputic. Besides, he started out with Bette, and I want to grow up to be Bette!!

  68. Mommy Bee says:

    i will fess up and admit i was probably the only one in college that owned barry’s boxed set. it amazes me that anyone can deny that smooth voice! he’s a great singer.

  69. Kathy says:

    I love Barry and have seen him in concert. Although his recent plastic surgery makes him a little scary to look at.

  70. Emily C says:

    The one thing I’ve noticed is he’s so personable and friendly and charming whenever I see him on daytime TV shows. Everybody loves Barry–I’ve just never managed to get any of his music. Probably because I’m a cheapskate.
    (And Vegas has AMAZING shopping! You don’t know what you’re missing! Go! Go!)

  71. JustRandi says:

    I’ve taken plenty of “Barry Guff” in my time! I saw that commercial last night for the Christmas CD and almost swooned!
    You should definitely GO. You don’t have to be anywhere near the blackjack tables!

  72. JustRandi says:

    I’ve taken plenty of “Barry Guff” in my time! I saw that commercial last night for the Christmas CD and almost swooned!
    You should definitely GO. You don’t have to be anywhere near the blackjack tables!

  73. Christy says:

    My VERY FIRST Album was Barry Manilow! I was 4 or 5 years old when I won a copy of his “Greatest Hits: VOl. 1”. I think that I won it playing darts (my dad probably won it for me). It is also the album for which I learned to work the record player!
    While I am not a “Fanilow” I do enjoy his music. I’m also impressed he can still shake his booty after a hip replacement!!

  74. Frazzmom says:

    We are closet Barry fans out in Silicon Valley- my kids can belt Copacabana with
    the best of them! My hubby and I have kicked around the idea of going to Vegas to see Barry as well, but again we don’t gamble so we haven’t quite decided what else we would do there… But from what I’ve seen on PBS- his shows are amazing! It might be worth the trip just for the show…

  75. Kendra says:

    My good friend Debby is a huge Barry fan and her husband took her to see the show in vegas 2 months ago. She said it was GREAT, GREAT, GREAT!!! So you must go and not eat any chicken on the bone.
    I love me some Barry, too-especially his Christmas stuff. And I like that my kids are still too young to cough and roll their eyes when I belt it out in the car.
    I’m in, Thanks!

  76. Magi says:

    Barry’s a big hit with my sisters and me. We always sang along on car trips as teenagers. I saw Barry live at a Tonight show taping when Jay was in NYC years ago. One sister was with me. My other sister is the biggest Barry freak of us all. She’s flown to Vegas multiple times just to see him or Rick Springfield.

  77. Piper says:

    I remember the days with Barry when I was growing up! What a voice! I’d love to win his CD! Hubby makes fun of me, but I’ll still play it loud!

  78. pam says:

    Oh how I loved the Barry of old. Who can forget Mandy!!
    Being the avid collector of Christmas music that I am, no collection would be complete without a Barry CD. So count me in, sista!! I’d love it : )

  79. Amanda says:

    Haha, Oh Barry! I grew as “Mandy”, so my mean older brother & sister always told me Barry wrote that song just for me. I believed them until just recently. ha!
    Hope you get to see him in Vegas. It’s actually a fun place to see, at least once.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!

  80. Kelly S. says:

    There is NO SHAME in loving Barry. I have loved Barry for 25 years at least. I saw him in concert my senior year in high school (1984). I remember putting Barry cassettes in on a Friday night and being all dramatic over boyfriends who broke up with me, or loved another….OH MANDY YOU CAME AND YOU GAVE WITHOUT TAKING…….
    Barry is forever cool in my book.
    Kelly S.

  81. Melody says:

    Do you remember when Arsenio had the whole month-long build up to the date when Barry would be on his late night show? And then on the BIG NIGHT, Arsenio just sat there next to the piano requesting song after song? People say they hate Barry, but I’ll bet everybody over the age of 30 can sing “Mandy”, “I Write the Songs”, and “Copacabana” by heart!
    And yes, I have Barry on my MP3 player!

  82. Susan says:

    When I was waiting for baby #3 my husband suggested the name Lola. I could not even think about it as an option because we all know “Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl”. I sang that song everytime he brought the name up. I even had the two other kids singing it. I have always gotten grief for my love of all the old Barry hits.

  83. Dawn says:

    I am right there with you, girl. I love me some Barry too. I used to listen to his eight tracks in my parents custom van while we all drove hours and hours to our vacation destination. My sister and I do a mean impression of “Can’t Smile Without You.”
    Every January, we have to go to Vegas for a convention. We do not gamble either or see shows. AND have not yet seen Barry live. We will be there Jan 13-17 of 2008. You and Hubs should meet us there and we can croon together.
    About your chicken bone…last Jan, I was pregnant with a due date of March 14. I refused to go to Vegas with my Hubs because I was afraid I might go into early labor and give birth right there in sin city. I could not bear the thought of my son’s birth certificate saying Place of Birth: Las Vegas, Nevada. Perish the thought!

  84. ann says:

    I really appreciate a man who has been famous for so long and I can’t remember a scandal to go with him. How refreshing.

  85. ValleyGirl says:

    You know, I think I can honestly say I’ve never even heard Barry Manilow sing!! Maybe that admission immediately disqualifies me, but I thought maybe you’d take pity on me and send me my first taste of it!!

  86. Michelle says:

    I’m with you, sister. I’ve loved him since I was a kid and proclaim it proudly, along with my love of John Denver and Neil Diamond. (I am mocked for all three.) I have a theory that everyone secretly likes Barry (how could they not?) but aren’t secure enough in themselves to admit it. What I don’t get is who decided that he’s uncool and why is everyone else following along??

  87. Katie says:

    Barry is the best. How can you not love him? Copacabana always cheered me up when I was going through chemo. In fact, I had several Barry songs in my iPod’s “chemo mix”. I’ve only seen him in concert once. My husband (who has banned Barry from the house so I am forced to listen to him in the minivan while I cart the kids around….it is backfiring because the kids like Barry too now) Anyway, my husband surprised me with tickets when Barry came to town a few years ago. And, husband went with me! A big sacrifice for him!
    So it is no stretch for me to say something nice about Barry. It’s great to meet another #1 fan! Katie

  88. The Other Elle says:

    My husband flat-out refused to let me name our daughter “Mandy” because he suspected the choice was due to love of My Barry.
    He was okay with the name “Caroline”, though, because I never confessed that I secretly liked Neil Diamond, too.
    My Sweet Caroline hates the song, dislikes Neil in general, and would love to go to that Barry concert in Vegas. (See? I should have named her “Mandy” after all!)
    I think a trip to Hallmark is in order…

  89. Shannon says:

    I won’t lie and try to tell you that I like Barry as much as you do but I do enjoy him. I would love to see him in person because I love to watch him play the piano. He does it so effortlessly and it makes me happy watching him.

  90. Susanne says:

    I guess you proved Melanie wrong! ;v)
    I love Barry Manilow. All my greatest teenager angst moments are tied up in his love songs and music. I say forget about the chicken bone and go for it. If you go next June and if the money fairy makes a dump for our 25th anniversary maybe I’ll even meet you at his show.

  91. kelly says:

    Bring it, sistah! Loved Barry back in the late 70’s when I was a teenager and love him how. Will get the CHristmas CD thanks to you!

  92. Liz says:

    You’re cracking me up with the chicken bone! I’m a Baptist, so I know what you’re saying.
    Barry is very enjoyable! I don’t believe my husband agrees because if he sees him on TV, he will quickly change channels and gives me the eye-roll. My favorites are “Even Now” and “Looks Like We Made It”.
    Isn’t it amazing how many people posted comments?!?

  93. Nikki says:

    I love Barry Manilow. I have very, very fond memories listening to him growing up and singing at the top of my lungs in the van going places with my dad. I would absolutely love to win a CD. And if I do, I will petition the Lord with eleventy-four prayers that you won’t choke on a chicken bone in Vegas (or get sucked into the sin).

  94. Lisa says:

    Just let me say, in all honesty, that I have loved Barry Manilow since I was in high school, driving my first car while listening to the beautiful strains of “Mandy”!! From there, I could go on and on, but then you know what I mean……….

  95. AmyG says:

    What could be better than “Weekend in New England” Christams with Barry of course! That CD would make a ROCKIN” stocking stuffer….
    Enter me in the drawing please!
    AmyG

  96. zoom says:

    Ironically, we had a discussion at church yesterday about Barry’s new Christmas album.
    I so get the whole dying in a place one shouldn’t be… my dearest friend poured a whole Margarita in the San Antonio river, because she saw fellow Baptist’s from our home town walking toward us.

  97. Jessica says:

    I have fond memories of Barry’s music from childhood, and I think after 25 years I am ready to give him a chance to win me over as an adult. Especially with some Christmas songs!

  98. TheAngelForever says:

    I grew up loving Barry. When I went to my aunt and uncle’s house they used to put on a VCR tape with him singing. 4-5 at the time I would sit there and blush because Barry was singing to ME! It was worse. . . I also had a Barry poster. No, not one of those teeny tiny ones either. I flat out refused to go any place at the time without the poster in hand. My parent dealt with it since they created the monster that existed. Problem was when we were to travel to FL. The poster just could not go with us. They had to cut pictures of Barry out and put them on a little piece of cardboard so I would not scream.
    My first concert was also to see Barry. My aunt and uncle got us tickets by where they lived. We went that weekend to visit and also go to Sesame Place. Now you would think that would be the high-light for a preschool child. Nope, not me. It was seeing my Barry! Ah the memories of those days gone by when my parents still try to make me blush with the old stories.
    The funny thing is my father is teaching my 4 year old son Barry songs as well as Neil Diamond. *sigh*

  99. Mrs. Troop says:

    All of these comments are too funny! I must be so deprived to have missed all of this. Hmmmm.
    But I LOVE Christmas and all music Christmas, so give me a chance! And I can promise an audience if I get it (my man and eight kids). I bet the kids would LOVE it!

  100. LeeAnn says:

    I remember when I was young, my older sister bought a Barry Manilow record, and I fell in love with him right then! His voice is velvet. My favorite song is probably “I Made It Through the Rain”. I don’t know how many times that song ran through my mind whenever I hit a rough patch in my life. It still does. Thank you Barry for helping me remember I wasn’t alone!

  101. Kiy says:

    Barry fan from waaaaaaaaaaaaay back. In fact, my fav album (gosh, I am dating myself on ‘album’) is One Voice. If that song along doesn’t say smooth voice, nothing will.
    Seriously, there is no possible way you could be a bigger Barry fan. I’d even go to Las Vegas to see him. Especially since your hubs is paying. πŸ˜‰

  102. Christine says:

    Oooooh, Shannon! Girl you are not alone…I, too, know who wrote the songs and I can’t smile without him and YES, oh, YES he is my MAN-DY. So please, please, please, don’t make me look, up, down, high, or low to try to get that CD for Christmas. mmmmmkay?

  103. Melissa says:

    Hmmm… I’m not sure if i remember hearing any Barry Manilow. I do love Christmas music & older music (and style of music) like Sinatra & Michael Buble. I cannot say anything good or bad about Barry, but I think I would enjoy his Christmas cd.
    -Deprived of Barry for now…

  104. Simply Sandy says:

    I grew up on Barry, Neil Diamond, John Denver and the Carpenters- I am such a pop music geek! In choir, we sang, “Can’t smile without you”, “One voice”, “I made it through the Rain”… pure joy! I think the promise of tickets would be enough to get me to Las Vegas!

  105. Ericka says:

    I’m not a Barry fan. I’m so sorry, but that Mandy song about makes me WANT to choke on a chicken bone and end it right there.
    BUT with that said, you should go to Vegas. There’s a TON to see and it really is kinda fun. Plus, how fun to go and enjoy some time with hubby??

  106. Mary B says:

    Guess what? As I was reading this post the commercial for Hallmark came on. And I had to explain the “Mandi” part to my husband.
    Anyway, love the Manilow. When I was growing up we always had his tape playing in the van. (Along with Debbie Boone & ABBA)

  107. O says:

    Oh, Shannon. One of the happiest sad memories of my life was the Barry concert at the outdoor theater the summer after the Love of my Life had left me cold. A very good and understanding friend and I packed a picnic dinner, sat in the twilight and munched while I cried and cried and cried. Afterwards I felt MUCH better. And then the Love of my Life came back to me and we’ve been married 14 years! True story, I swear. And I chalk it up to Barry, who healed my broken heart enough to get me back to being the woman my husband loved in the first place.
    Go to Vegas, darling. Watch the fountains and Barry and skip the gambling floors completely. That’s what I do on this end of the country with Atlantic City!

  108. Nancy says:

    I didn’t go back and read what everyone wrote, but …
    I love the little tid-bit of Barry playing piano for Bette Middler (another Won.Der.Ful. singer) in the gay bath houses, back in the “before they were famous” days.

  109. Sherry says:

    My Manly Husband and I went to see Barry some years ago (Very hush-hush cause, you know, the giggles from friends and all that). I got up and ran to the bathroom as not to miss anything and when I came back, my Manly Husband was DANCING IN THE AISLE to Copacabana. He will deny it to his dying day, but I saw it with my own eyes. I would love to give my Manly Husband Barry’s new CD for Christmas.
    This was a rescheduled concert because he was sick the first time. Even at this one, he was having some throat trouble, but we didn’t care. When he would have to stop, mid-song, to get a drink, the audience would take up where he left off to cover for him. We Barry fans are nice that way.
    Don’t even get me started on the Donny Osmond fans. They’re just nuts.

  110. Karen (Mommy of Three) says:

    I have been on the prowl for this (all the stores near me are SOLD OUT:() and for the Regis CD that I cannot find ANY.WHERE. All my friends/family scoff at my adoration of them, but I just can’t help it;) I am listening to the Annie Moses Band in the meantime…and if you haven’t heard that…you must run by their site. WOW! Merry Christmas.

  111. Bizzymom says:

    Nanny nanny boo boo to Melanie! Not only can Barry sing he is an incredibly talented writer. Surely you have heard his medley of well-known commercials he wrote before he was famous. I have the same reservations about going to Vegas so I laughed out loud at that. From a Sooner living in Texas.

  112. Katie (your neighbor!) says:

    I don’t really know much about Barry, but I do know that I saw (and heard) him sing live last year at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! πŸ™‚

  113. Marie says:

    I almost didn’t post because I didn’t want to risk winning a Barry Manilow CD, especially since I seem to be very lucky with giveaways.
    But I had to let you know that anyone that’s been to Vegas knows it’s not about gambling or shows. It’s about buffets.

  114. JenniB says:

    I love Barry! My DH took me to see him in concert a few years ago…and he liked him a lot! I have loved Barry since I was about 7. My parents got me Barry on LP and I danced and sang through the house. I think my brothers hoped the record would scratch! LOL!
    I can’t smile without Barry!

  115. Beth @ The Natural Mommy says:

    I’m not sure I can recommend that you go to Vegas… I have vivid memories of … things I really don’t want to describe… littering the streets.
    But I CAN recommend that you pick me to win your Barry CD contest. Because I am all about the crooners. *Swoon*

  116. Gail says:

    I bet his Christmas album is good and I bet he does a mean show too! You’re in a majority because he has tons of Fanilows out there…and very talented at writing too.
    I’m an old timey southern baptist girl too, resisted Vegas but took my girls there a few months ago on a girls trip! We had fun; shopping, food, shows,sightseeing and seeing all the hotels is an experience in itself. You’d have fun!

  117. Dot says:

    I’m a Barry fan! And I work at a Hallmark store. I’ve been recommending and selling the CDs like crazy. And speaking of this you’ll have to hop on over to my blog and read a funny story I posted about Barry and a customer a couple of weeks ago. LOL Just click on my name and it’ll take you right to the post.

  118. Carey says:

    I did not know he made a christmas album. I like it. I think it would go nice playing at our holiday party. Thanks for the great idea.

  119. Jules in TX says:

    Better half and I were reaffirmed in our decision to become man and wife when we discovered our mutual admiration for Barry. The first (and only book) I ever loaned to Better Half was Barry Manilow’s autobiography, Sweet Life. When we got married, the song BH and his mom danced to was “Can’t Smile Without You”…. yeah, I could’ve lied and said it was “our song”, but we danced to “She’s Got a Way” by Billie Joel (another fave of the BH and mine). Don’t know if this will rack up a freebie-cd for us, but if it does, me, my BH and my MIL will thoroughly enjoy listening to it this holiday season and all the others to come. Regardless we remain Barry fans………

  120. Jules in TX says:

    Better half and I were reaffirmed in our decision to become man and wife when we discovered our mutual admiration for Barry. The first (and only book) I ever loaned to Better Half was Barry Manilow’s autobiography, Sweet Life. When we got married, the song BH and his mom danced to was “Can’t Smile Without You”…. yeah, I could’ve lied and said it was “our song”, but we danced to “She’s Got a Way” by Billie Joel (another fave of the BH and mine). Don’t know if this will rack up a freebie-cd for us, but if it does, me, my BH and my MIL will thoroughly enjoy listening to it this holiday season and all the others to come. Regardless we remain Barry fans………

  121. chickadee says:

    i like barry. he has great hair.
    i don’t own one of his albums but i remember (and like) bridge over troubled water and mandy. i think the christmas album would be wonderful.

  122. clemntine says:

    Well, I believe Miss Chee-Wee will have to eat her Groucho glasses on the “no comments” prediction.
    Oh, and I’m a longtime Barry fan. I met him in the summer of 1986 and I went from being a fan to being a Fanilow. LOVE HIM! I know I made an impression on him because when I saw him in an elevator later that summer, he said, “Oklahoma girl!” Oh yeah. We had a moment.

  123. Jen says:

    I am a born and bred Baptist girl and I love Barry too. (Although friends tease me unmercifully and call him “Barely Man-enough”.)
    Anyway, my dear baptist parents would have DIED to know I listened to Barry in my youth so when I got my first Barry tape as a freshman in college, I sent it home with my roommate over the summer because I didn’t want my parents to find it!!! Then, she switched colleges over the summer and I never got it back! Oh the inhumanity!!!

  124. Stephanie says:

    You know, my first stab at creative expression was choreographing dances to Barry’s album (record albums, y’all) and then making my mother sit through the performances. Wouldn’t it be just something if I could take her to see the real deal (and I bet she’d even tell me that my dancing was better) (maybe)?

  125. pudellvr says:

    I have always loved Barry. Even though all my friends called him “Barfy”. I had the Paradise Cafe record as a teenager. I saved up money just to buy it. I have always said I was born a few years too late. After all, I am a Brother’s Gibb fan too.
    Please please please let me win. I lost that record in my many moves.

  126. Bitsy says:

    Oh how I LOVE Barry! Who could not!!! What would I have done in the 70’s and 80’s in my teens when my heart was broken!!!!!
    . . . and I can’t smile without you. . .
    . . . oh Mandy. . .
    Oh the memories!!!!!
    Joy!

  127. katy says:

    There is just absolutely no way Barry can be on the radio and you can sit still and not sing. “I can’t smile without you”, “Mandy”, “Copacabana.”

  128. Nancy says:

    I have always loved his music. I love it enough that I even think he is sort of cute in a sad puppy sort of way. My daughter just rolls her eyes at me…and I roll them right back with a Z-snap! LOL! I may be a Fanilow but I’m not THAT old! πŸ˜‰
    Thanks for the chance!

  129. Kim says:

    Other singers come and go, but Barry lives forever!!! I’m with you, there’s just something about that man. I’d be on the next plane to Vegas if my husband made the suggestion. πŸ™‚ Just be sure you don’t eat in the casino! There’s gotta be plain old restaurants in the City of Sin, right? I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I win a CD. The only other thing I’ve ever won was $50 worth of meat, and that was about 25 years ago.

  130. Vickie says:

    Shannon,
    Love Barry Manilow but have never seen him in person. I am a bona fide Southern Baptist girl born and bred. I,too,felt much the same way but when I finally went to Vegas it was so much more than gambling. The shopping is great. People watching is even better if you like to observe others. And the shows! There are some decent shows that really are great. I would love to go back. It took me many years to get over the feeling that I was heading to the big bad Sin City and what if I dropped dead in the casino on the way to my room, but let me tell ya, I had a blast!

  131. Kellye says:

    “Last night I waved goodbye
    Now it seems years……”
    Bagel the Beagle
    “I am stuck on Band-Aids
    cuz Band-Aids are stuck on me.”
    Do you remember the special white album where the LP was actually white (instead of black) and had Barry’s face on it?
    Sigh – I love his voice, wit and personality. I wanted to be Mrs. Manilow…..

  132. Jan says:

    I love Barry. One of the things I still miss from what we lost when our house burned is my Barry collection, especially Sunday morning 3 a.m.

  133. cathy says:

    Hmmm…say something nice? Hmmm…OK…his face lift and plastic surgery work is … interesting…
    LOL I don’t want to be considered for the give-away just had to comment. He does have a great voice and is a fantastic lyricist (sp?), but that awful cosmetic surgery is hard to look at!

  134. Tiera says:

    My dd(14) became a fan through the song Mandy. She loves that song! Strange that a girl her age likes Barry, but since it is harmless, I’m ok with it. She would flip over winning a CD of his. Have a great week!

  135. kelli says:

    OK. Here goes. Pride, just deal with it. ‘Mkay?
    1) I have EVERYTHING Barry on my mp3.
    2) I know all the words to “American Bandstand”.
    3) It’s playing loud and clear right. now. as. I write. this.
    4) I promise to stand by Barry, even now (no pun intended), post-Botox.
    5) I have friends who saw his stage show back around ’88 or so and they said it rocked. I’ve wanted to go ever since.
    6) I married a Barry fan.
    7)When we heard he was coming to Vegas (since we’re only a couple hours away), we thought about getting tickets. But there’s this kidney thing we’re saving up for …so now YOU need to go and I will live vicariously through you πŸ™‚
    8) Wednesday, the 5th is Kati’s 15th birthday. What BETTER gift than BARRY. I mean, come on, I have only a few years left to indoctrinate her.
    9) Oh yeah. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE.
    With a Barry on top.

  136. kelli says:

    Oh, and for good measure … I’m close enough to Vegas so that, should the unthinkable chiking on a chicken bone happen? I will come and get Mr. Dryer and your remains and fly you from here, take all the blame by telling the whole world (or at least the few and proud that visit my blog) that you died on my porch eating healthy, organic food.
    I will be your alibi.
    Ok. I’m down shamelessly plugging.

  137. laura says:

    um, your Barry writes the songs that make tha whole world sing!
    how’s that for saying something nice about your Barry.
    PS it’s okay for good southern baptist folks to go to vegas…some of my good ol’okie, southern baptists cousins live in vegas. i say go forth and enjoy barry’s show.

  138. Lisa says:

    I absolutely LOVE Barry! I too have been ridiculed from friends 😦
    My favorites are “Looks like We Made It”, “Mandy” And “Ready to Take the Chance Again”

  139. Lisa P in California says:

    I enjoy reading Melanie’s blog, but she must be nuts to think there aren’t other Barry Manilow fans out here. I’ve enjoyed listening to him sing since the first time I heard Copa Cabana and sang it at the top of my lungs as a young teenager. I LOVE his music and am constantly ridiculed for it by my husband. Barry usually does a Christmas concert here in California and I’ve begged to go to no avail. That made no sense to me since Barry sings the most romantic songs EVER!! I would LOVE to have this cd to add to my Barry collection. Pick me please, please, please!!!!

  140. FinalyFree says:

    The very first 45 (I’m not even going to translate what a “45” is, lol) I owned was “Mandy” by Barry Manilow–my teenaged babysitter had brought over and I immediately fell in love with it so I begged my Mother to take me to the local 5 & dime to buy it. I think I was around 8 or 9 years old and I had a little small record player that required those plastic yellow disc’s to play 45’s, we lost those little disc’s at record speed and I can remember trying to get the record positioned perfectly (sans yellow disc) to listen to Barry. More often than not Barry sounded like he was singing while running in circles, drunk as a skunk, but that was fine with me–“I remember all my life, raining down as cold as ice…”
    I would love to have the Christmas CD to torture my teenaged sons with!!! So, pick me, me, ME πŸ™‚

  141. EKO says:

    Mandy played in my head all through teen hood – oh, the teen angst that Barry’s song saw me through! I am, however not a huge fan – but wanted to share I had a friend who ADORED him, worshipped him and when Dionne Warwick came through town promoting her perfume (in the mid-80’s) he dragged me along to get her autograph. Why her – well because of her close connection to Barry, of course. It was hilarious to stand in line for hours, outside Nordstroms on a cold morning to get an autograph just because she had sung/performed with the fabulous Barry Manilow. We finally got up to her and J. gushed about his love of Barry and she shared a few fun memories of their times together. She asked my name, (I hadn’t offered it, as we were there for J.) and thus was told and she made fun of my it! (coming from a woman named Dionne it was ironic but I bit my tongue, for the sake of J.’s love of Barry.) P.S. Her perfume really smelled like play dough!
    I’ll always think fondly of Barry because of J’s love for him…

  142. TammiK says:

    What was Melanie thinking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I LOVE me some Barry!
    I Write the Songs is one of my absolute favorites. But anything Barry is good.

  143. Ann'Re says:

    I guess your friend Melanie is going to get a lump of coal instead of a Barry CD for Christmas. Well, I happen to like Barry. As a matter of fact he was on last night on our PBS. πŸ™‚

  144. Lisa @ The Preacher's Wife says:

    I never imagined in all my life there’d be so many Barry fans out there! I have to be honest and say I am not – my taste leans much more towards the sophistication of Toby Mac.
    Was that nice enough? :)))
    On the off chance you pick me, my grandma LOVES him – so it would make a great gift.

  145. mckay says:

    barry manilow was my first. my first cassette i bought for my new little car when i was 16. i love his deep, rich voice which melts and somehow gets under my skin.
    and the nerdy part? i love his diction. i’m an actress and director and i’m constantly correcting my actors to use proper diction. when i was a teen i noticed barry sings with proper diction….”did you” instead of “did jew”. i correlate proper diction with barry. go figure!

  146. Marybeth Whalen says:

    Ok, I am going to stoop low because I love me some Barry and it seems I am in good company. So if I can’t confess this here, then where else??
    First, I will say that I have a few cd’s that stay in my car permanently, and his greatest hits is one of those chosen few. You just never know when you are going to need some Barry. My kids (poor unfortunate souls that they are to have been raised hostage to my music in the car since infancy)now ask for “Mandy” or “Bandstand.” I like the commenter who said, “If I can’t have friends that are Barry fans, I will just raise one!” I am doing the same!
    When I was a little girl and my parents were getting a divorce, I used to take my Mandy doll (does anyone else remember the “My Friend Mandy” dolls?)and sit with her on my couch while the song Mandy played on my mom’s 8 track and cry and cry. It helped me through.
    So that’s my shameless ploy for the Barry cd!

  147. Jennie C. says:

    I LOVE BARRY!!! I grew up listening to my mother’s cassettes, and whenever I was homesick after I moved away, it was Barry I turned to. And just yesterday, I was bouncing around in the front yard with my baby on my hip to the boogie woogie music. And neighbors were watching! And the mail lady! Surely that qualifies me? No? I once sang Copacabana as a lullaby, belted it right out, only to look up and see my husband dancing in the hallway…

  148. Krista says:

    I am a child of the 80’s, so many of my fondest childhood memories are tied to the music of this era. Here’s one of my favorite–
    I can recall many hot summer nights when my older brother and I, after being put to bed for the night, would come downstairs and claim that we ‘just couldn’t fall asleep.’ Truth being we just didn’t understand why we should be going to bed when it was still light outside.
    So my mom would put both us in our parents bed, cover us with a cool sheet and put Barry Manilo on the tape deck next to the bed. Mandy, Can’t Smile Without You, Even Now, Looks Like We Made It…. I remember listening to Barry sing until I drifted off to sleep. And now many years later, my brother and I both know the words to many Barry songs– not too typical for someone in the their mid 20’s and whenever the song Copa Cabana comes on the radio when we’re together we turn it up and sing every word.

  149. Donna says:

    When I was in 6th grade, I was in the All-city chorus. We performed many of Barry Manilow’s songs that night!
    To this day, when I hear “I write the songs” I get misty and smile.
    I love the velvety smooth voice he has–it embraces and caresses. Who could ask for more?
    Barry Manilow is so classy–who cares what “they” say about him!
    Merry Christmas!

  150. Jen says:

    I love Barrrrrryyyyy!!! Quirky man that he is…I could listen to his singing every day!!! My mom also loves him! It’s hereditary, thus my daughter will also learn to appreciate him and be a “Fanilow”! πŸ˜€

  151. Robin (the pensieve one) says:

    Okay, Shannon, you may hate me after this, but everything I’m about to write is the TRUTH!
    1) Barry’s “Weekend in New England” was my first make out song with my first boyfriend in the 8th grade. Those kisses were sooo innocent and sweet, but listening to that song made me swoon. My bff and I “fought” over “whose” song it was.
    2) Summer before last, my husband and I (for a romantic getaway) went to a fancy schmancy place for a two night stay (all we could barely afford). I was in the pool with what I described as an “aging rockstar wannabe”…. What I didn’t know at the time was I WAS IN THE POOL WITH BARRYFREAKINMANILOW!!!! He was staying on the floor we were and we missed him in the lounge by MINUTES!!!! Ai yi yi, I sooo would have been a groupie if I had met him, under the guise of cool, but not foolin’ anybody.
    Yep, I’ve been in water that he’s been in. That’s almost like taking a bath together, right? (Which even sounds kinda scary to me, lol.)
    Does this sound CD worthy?????
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  152. Carolyn says:

    Shannon,
    We are kindredd spirits. We love Sonic for their ice and I, too, love Barry and my hubs just shakes his head. I watched the songs of the 70’s special and I almost cried because he such a great entertainer. Between Donny (Osmond, of course) and Barry I don’t know who I would choose. Thanks for the opportunity to be able to win this awesome CD. Happy Holidays!!!!

  153. Pam says:

    Hi – I grew up w/Barry. My folks had an 8 track tape of his Greatest Hits and we would listen to it and Neil Diamond and John Denver on all of our family vacations to far away destinations. Yes, that long ago:) In fact, I LOVED the commercial medley so much that my friend and I made up a dance routine to it and put on a show for our parents. I think I still remember some of the moves and I still remember the songs by heart. He makes me smile!! Pam

  154. Heather Cady says:

    I cannot tell you how many times in high school, when ridden with teen-age angst, I did weep listening to “I Write the Songs…that make the young girls cry” Sing it with me!

  155. Tami Sickels says:

    I do love a little Barry when I’m transporting kids to various places throughout the county. I love to belt it out at the top of my lungs (and the kids look at me as if I am crazy). But that’s the job of the mom! Would love to have this great Christmas version so I can drive them crazy all year.

  156. alison says:

    More of a small Barry story then a comment on him. My mother thinks the sun shines out of him. Growing up there was always a cassette tape playing of Mandy or Copacabana. As I got older my friends would look at me strange when I started singing along with him in the car, he wasn’t what I was “supposed” to be listening to but I didn’t care. One day I asked my mom why she liked him so much. As it turns out, my grandmother, her mom, use to live down the block from Barry’s mom in Brooklyn(this was after my mom was married) so she felt a special connection (besides loving his music). She even saw him once when he came to visit his mom. So the legacy continues. My 3 1/2 year ols dances to him in the car while I sing along….of course in my mini van!

  157. JIll says:

    I became a Barry fan in college when I SANG BACK UP FOR HIM!!!!! Now I am the proud owner of 3 of his greatest hits CDs. You have not lived to you see him in concert. I say suck it up and head to Vegas.

  158. Kimberly says:

    I absolutely love Barry and am not ashamed to admit it. Although I am a little ashamed that I had a bootleg burned copy of Ultimate Manilow that I about wore out before I actually bought it. In college, my friends and I made a hilariously bad music “video” to Copacabana, in which I stumbled over my own two feet and fell flat on my butt. I’d like to say it’s because I was overwhelmed with Barry but it was really because I am a total klutz.
    Hope I win one!

  159. Penny G says:

    I’m sure the Christmas CD is very good…Years ago when I babysat the neighbor kids down the street, I would always pull out the Barry Manilow albums & listen to them after the kids were in bed. I quite enjoyed it!

  160. Johanna says:

    I’m so glad that I’m not the only one. I have taken some significant heat for liking him but – and I’m ashamed – I’ve gone underground somewhat with my Barry-love just to protect my somewhat fragile ego. I didn’t even know he had a new CD out but I can only imagine what that silky voice can do with the Christmas favourites. Thank you for the heads up – fingers crossed on a freebe! πŸ™‚

  161. Steff J says:

    Here I thought I was the only one in our age bracket who loves Barry!!
    I am so glad to know I am in such good company. I first fell in like w/ Barry in the first grade when my school did a performance of “I Write the Songs”

  162. Kristen says:

    Shannon, Barry helped seal the deal with my husband. Back in the day, my hubs (now a preacher!) would come to my house to court me (ha, ha!)and sit at the piano and serenade me with sweet Barry tunes. Those were the days! We got married and had babies and got busier with church work, so the Barry moments are few and far between but a new Christmas CD would be wonderful. My kids like Barry too. Merry

  163. DD says:

    You know why I absolutely LOVE Barry??? After a grueling 55 minutes of doing step aerobics at 5:30 A.M. our instructor ALWAYS has us cool down to Barry Manilow! I’ve never loved Barry so much til I knew his voice meant my torturous class was over. I have taken her class for 2 1/2 yrs. and we stretch and take deep breaths to Barry 3 times a week. Yes, this month it’s one of his Christmas cds we are deep breathing to.
    BTW, I saw Barry in Vegas when he and I were both considerably younger…back in the late 70’s. He does have a remarkable voice, especially at 6:25 AM! πŸ˜‰
    I am just figuring out how to post a comment. Your blog is fantastic!

  164. Diane P says:

    I have a 17 year-old niece that just adores him! I couldn’t believe that – what 17 year-old even knows who he is – shocking! I would love to get my hands on this for a gift for her!
    And you know what … GO TO VEGAS … you’ll have great stories I’m sure to share with us when you get back! πŸ™‚

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