Thursday, March 09, 2006
magick of Morpheus
I was dozing on the couch tonight ("writing") and the blare from the ProTooled Barry Manilow PBS special was driving me nuts with its shrillness so I turned the TV off. Irritating, invasive, loud. Then, after a short nap I woke up and eventually turned the TV back on, forgetting where I had left the station. I was in time to hear Barry sing a song I didn't know called "See the Show Again," and get all weepy and appreciative. It was a great song, cynical as he's not supposed to be, setting up this idea that there's a woman in the audience he wants in lieu of this life where he's never alone and never happy and on the road all the time, but even in the song he knows he's not going to do that either, and in the end too, this non-life is all he has to offer. OH I AM EXPLANING BARRY MANILOW LYRICS, yes I am. But it was a *good* song. Cool minor key harmonies underneath. Just a really good, classic, rounded, story-telling song. Then he vamped/joked his way out of it by doing this bit where people put $ in his tip jar and he was "inspired" to break into "Can't Smile Without You" or something--and I was thinking, damn. I bet he really does just want to sit at the piano and sing cutyourwrist songs, like he said. I'd watch *that* show. I mean, he and Bette have to get along for a reason, right? It's not as if I didn't know there were things to appreciate about this guy, but I do love being surprised.