Yeah, yeah, I know, Barry Manilow, yadayada. But did you listen to the song? Because it’s really good. Try listening to the same song sung by Lea Salonga:
Video posted by LeaSalonga–Topic (Provided to YouTube by Sony Music Entertainment)
Beautiful, right? Very much like something you’d expect to find in a Broadway show or in an album of pop standards. People say that all Manilow’s songs sound the same, but my theory is that he sings in a very stylized way even though it sounds simply conversational, and it’s a strong enough style that the songs he sings sound more alike than different. (Not that he doesn’t have a definite music writing style, but the songs on his albums that he DIDN’T write sound as much like Barry Manilow as the ones he did. That’s a neat trick.)
Not to mention that right about now, I find it really nice to hear someone sing “We’ll get through this…we’ll be just fine,” don’t you?
Why do I always feel the need to make excuses for bringing up a Barry Manilow song? In my youth, although I was a fan, I was known to say that Manilow had one fast song and one slow song, each with many titles–but it’s not true. It’s more, I think, that he sings in a deceptively stylized way; it sounds relaxed and not stylized at all, but it’s still a strong enough style that the songs he sings sound more alike than different. (Not that he doesn’t have a definite music writing style–he does–but there’s also the fact that the songs that he DIDN’T write sound as much like Barry Manilow as the ones he did.)
Don’t believe me? Try listening–really listening–to the same song sung by Lea Salonga:
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