Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Manilow TV

I will be the first to say I was VERY skeptical of this new service. Why do this, and do this now when people are so strapped for cash that they can't go and see Barry perform live in Vegas (or another venue)?

Then I realized this might be for those who can't afford it, but could afford $20 per month.

Unfortunately, there are some who still cannot afford this service, and some who are getting together with friends to join so the cost can be shared and the videos can be watched as a group.

Even though I'm skeptical, I thought I'd give it a shot. Besides, I'm home sick with some kind of bug, at least this will be one party I can go to without getting everyone else sick! LOL. Those who signed up before Sept. 29th got an early start to view the first video.

The countdown began...

Are you ready? (Insert drums and intro music here)


Mom just called and wanted to know if I needed groceries - yes, but I'll call you back on that, okay? - Mom: Are you going to watch Dancing With The Stars? - Me: No, I'm going to be watching Manilow TV! - Mom: Manilow TV? What is that? Are you watching more videos of Woodstock (her favorite endearment towards Barry) - Me: Yes! - Mom: Okay, call me later.

***Interruption Ended***

Okay, we're in the final minutes:

Cookies? Check.
Water? Check.
Cough drops? Check.

Not much longer now...

Here we go.....

And the first selection is...

Did you catch that? Not one show, but two shows put together! It's 147 minutes, almost 2 1/2 hours long!

Daybreak: I do have to say, I LOVE that Barry's singing most of the songs in this concert in their entirety. I know Barry does the medley's in Vegas due to time constraints, but I really enjoy each of the songs on their own as well.

Hmm. I never thought of Mandy as being a suicide inducing song. :o)

I love how the piano spins so everyone can watch Barry play, I wish they'd do that in Vegas.

I loved the William Tell Overture. Too funny!

I write the songs that make the whole world sing...

This one's for you...

Come sail into my arms, the harbor of my heart...

If we only have love, then Jerusalem stands... why isn't Barry performing this now? It's such a wonderful message, that people really could use right now.

Let's hang on, to what we've got...

Sweet heaven I'm in love again...

These are only a few of the songs he performed on the videos between the two shows.

Were there a few glitches? Yes. I have to say, though, I'm impressed. They have a 24/7 chat where you can contact them for help and the glitch on my account was fixed immediately.

The only really sad part of this is there aren't more videos per month. This was the reason I wasn't going to subscribe to this. I'm glad I did subscribe to it, though, because it turns out the show I had a ticket for in November has been cancelled so the August 1st show I saw is probably the only one I'll be at this year. We'll see what next year holds for both Barry and for myself. In the meantime, I can enjoy watching him perform on Manilow TV.


texas_fan said...

Thanks for posting this Dawn. It sounds great. And that's the "decade" of Barry that is my favorite, the 90's. Some of those songs would be worth the price. You might have convinced me to give it a try! Stiletto should give you a commission :>)

Dawn Bushman said...

Thanks, Suzanne! I will tell you from the offset that this has the uptempo version of Could It Be Magic, complete with 3 sets of "bams". He's in the round on this concert, so he wanted to make sure everyone got to see it! LOL!

I have a job, I'm really not interested on being on Stiletto's payroll. ;o) I had fun watching the shows, and Rachel laid on the bed with me watching it. She made it through about 75% of the show before she ditched me to eat more food.