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A Fanilow I Am

I've been a Barry Manilow fan since 1975. That was the year that his first single, Mandy, came out. I remember going to see him at Century II that year. Mandy was such a big hit, I figured, why not go check him out. He was tall, skinny, and how should I put this? Geeky, I guess. But there was something about him. He had charisma. The concert was great. I remember leaving the concert hall thinking "this guy is going to be a star".

And boy did he! The next time I saw him was in the early 80's. I'd have to dig out my old scrapbook with ticket stubs to find the exact date. This was after I met my best friend, now for about 37 or 38 years, Melody. We didn't know each other in 1975, but we were both at that concert at Century II, and we both knew he would be a star.

Barry had a song on the album "This One's For You" that resonated with both Melody and I. It was ALL THE TIME. Here are some of the lyrics:

All the time I thought
there's only me
Crazy in a way
That no one else could be
I would have given everything I own
If someone would have said, you're not alone

All the time I thought
That I was wrong
Wanting to be me, but needing to belong
If I had just believed in all I had
If someone would have said, you're not so bad

All the time, all the wasted time
All the years, waiting for a sign
To think I had it all
All the time

The song still resonates with us today. Today, after we've seen Barry in concert together at least 5 times. He was amazing again tonight at Intrust Bank Arena. And he's 72 years old! Amazing entertainer and class act!

Great time with Melody, Margaret and Kaitlin!

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