Friday, July 13, 2007

Barry's Legacy of Music

I decided tonight to catch up on an HBO series that I watch and the family is sitting around in the living room. The oldest son is sitting at the piano playing a song while the they are all talking. I think...wait a minute...I know that intro...and low and behold, it was Copacabana! He played the entire song. It reminded me of Barry's original version on the box set...the one where he's working on the melody along with the lyrics.

It made me smile and think...he's so much a part of our lives. Every moment of every day something happens to remind us of him and make us smile. How is it possible that one person can do that for so many people? He really is everywhere, in restaurants, the movies, the mall, the grocery store...his music will live on for years and years to come. What a legacy...made me wish I had a legacy...something that when I'm gone people would smile or sigh and say, "wow, she really touched my life".

We all should have some legacy we leave behind. Barry has found his and it will bless the lives of future generations...I wonder what mine could be?

Searching for my legacy,
Texas Fanilow

Kelly new hero!

Here's an article that expresses my sentiments EXACTLY....

Clarkson Vs Old Fart Davis
07/13/07 .(antiMusic)
What to do when a dinosaur with an overblown opinion of himself tells you that you need more cheese for your album? If you're Kelly Clarkson you tell him where to put his cheese.

We are talking about the great war between Kelly Clarkson and RCA label head, Clive Davis. Davis, whose biggest claims to fame are inheriting Barry Manilow when he took over a label after being fired from CBS under a cloud of embezzlement allegations and later taking credit for an employee's discovery of Whitney Houston, didn't care for Clarkson wanting to be a legitimate artist and recording her own material. Instead, he wanted the standard cheese factory to manufacture some hits for her. Clarkson did the unthinkable, she stood her ground against the geriatric label head.

Clarkson breaks her silence about the showdown with Davis in the August edition of Blender. When Davis approached her to drop her songs in favor of cheese factory "hits," Clarkson tells the magazine that she responded, "I don't know you very well, and I am not a bull-sh*ter. I get you don't like the album. You're 80. You're not supposed to like my album."

Davis, who prides himself as a record man that knows what manufactured musical "product" the public wants to buy, then told Clarkson that her songs "wouldn't sell more than 600,000 copies." So far her new album has sold a little over 400,000 copies within two weeks of release, so unless sales really tank or stop all together from now on, Davis will be proven wrong.

According to an AOL report , Clarkson further said that 'she doesn't like "working with people at the label" because they lie, and that she's not going to be a "pushover"'. So our hero of the year award goes to Clarkson for standing her ground!

Rushing out to buy Kelly Clarkson's new CD,

(Hoping to PROVE Davis WRONG at last!!!!)
Texas Fanilow

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

You know what they say.....

Opinions are like a**holes, everyone has one. And boy, are they not afraid of expressing them!

The internet blogs, Bnet, message boards, and MySpace have all been abuzz about the new 70's CD. Opinions on the cover photo to the song list choices, to the Rosie duet abound. Now don't get me wrong, I like a good discussion just like the next person. And I'll be the first to admit that at first glance, there are few songs that I would not have chosen myself. Honestly, I only cared about one song: My Eyes Adored You. As far as I'm concerned, that sealed the purchase of the CD for me.
About the other songs...I will reserve judgment until I hear them. Why? Because when I first heard that he was recording Unchained Melody I balked. It became one of my favorite songs from the 50's CD. When I heard he was doing You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling, I once again balked. Upon hearing his version, I have forgotten the original. Several songs on the 60's CD blew me away, literally. So, I'm willing to wait and listen.

However, since I am like everyone and I have an opinion, I would like to say that someone (whoever that may be) forgot Marketing 101. A good friend of mine suggested this: make the 2nd CD ALL originally unrecorded songs of Barry's from the 70's; announce that there are a limited number of them available for sale; then watch them FLY off the shelves. An added bonus of this would be that the "public" would be exposed to Barry's original music and BEG for more!

Something to ponder for TPTB,
Expressing my opinion and patiently waiting to hear "the man" work his magic again,
Texas Fanilow
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