What is a Fanilow?
I don't watch Glee, but when I came across this clip, I knew this would be a post I added to this challenge. It describes how I feel about Barry Manilow PERFECTLY!!
I have loved Manilow for years. My mom used to listen to him when I was younger, and I caught the Fanilow bug when I got a little older. He is under appreciated, and has done so much for music, it's crazy. Known for his power ballads, and smooth voice, he's been touring and writing since the 1970s. He is one of the artists that just keeps getting better and better with age!
One of his first, and biggest hits, was "Mandy".
Another one of his early, big hits, is "Could it Be Magic?" The piano melody on this piece is incredible.
I don't really know why I've always liked this next song, "Ships". I think it's because in a weird way it reminds me of the lack of relationship I have with my father. Whatever the reason, I love this song.
Another power house ballad, "Weekend in New England" is another early song presented by Manilow.
Back in 2001, Barry Manilow made an album titled "At The Mayflower". The premise behind the album was that each song was about a different apartment inside a complex. "Some Bar by The Harbor" is my favorite song off that album. It is Manilow at his best, providing an incredible melody with power house music. My favorite parts are right after he sings, "With you on the shore"....the piano melody after that is breathtaking. My other favorite part is when he sings, "Sweet child, gone a mile"...the drum break between those two phrases is fabulous!
Now you know what a Fanilow is. I bet that you were singing along if you know these songs, unless you're my husband, who can't stand Barry Manilow because I've played his music so much!