Ahhhhh! Me too!! It's my deep, dark secret that very few people know about. My music tastes have changed a bit over the years, but my love for BM has remained the same since I was 12.
When he performed in Toronto when I was in high school, I begged and pleaded with my mother to let me go to the concert. After many "no's", I resorted to lying - I told her that my friend had already gone ahead and bought a ticket for me. My mother finally said "Ask your father", thinking he would never allow it. But he just asked how we were getting there because he didn't want to have to drive us. It was truly a life-changing experience because after that concert, we went to Toronto all the time without ever wondering about getting permission to go. And that concert was the first of many times that I've seen BM perform.
When I started studying art and realized that I loved drawing portraits, I just drew BM over and over - from his album covers and posters and magazine articles. I don't think my art teachers ever knew who it was!
My friend who went to that first concert with me had nothing at all in common with me except for BM. We discovered this shared secret one day at school and instantly became friends. We even joined his fan club together, splitting the membership fee and dividing up any goodies we were sent. I still have my BMIFC membership card somewhere!
Lol Milemass. I guess we have both boldly come out of the Manilow closet. 😁. I never went to see him but I do love some of his songs. Like Ray Stevens sang in his parody love song “where are you now Barry Manilow, cos no one else can suffer quite like you.” 😁
I guess my guilty pleasure is that I really like ABBA. I love all their songs.
When Dan and I were in our first couple of years of marriage I became extremely ill and had some touch and go moments and nearly lost a kidney. As it turned out it was salvaged but I had a long recovery time. We weren’t too well off back then and to help relieve my complete boredom during my convalescence he went out to the local department store and bought a two for one deal on record albums - he got me Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed (because I LOVED Nights in White Satin) and a Best of ABBA record and I fell in love with all their songs! Ever since then i have had a soft spot for their music and played that vinyl until it wore out. And of course I went to see Momma Mia! in Toronto and LOVED it! I know it isn’t profound or great music but can’t help dancing to it and it makes me feel good whenever I hear it. Also Dan bought it for me, trying to help me from feeling too depressed (because of being stuck inside our crappy little apartment for such a long time).
"You're going into the water... short-arse!" - Sherlock
Like Ray Stevens sang in his parody love song “where are you now Barry Manilow, cos no one else can suffer quite like you.”
I always liked Ray Stevens, too. His songs were hilarious! When The Streak came out, someone in my class brought it in for Music class. The teacher said that while she was fine with the music, she didn't approve of the lyrics. So she put on the record for us, and then left the room while we listened to it! Ha! (By the way, when it was my turn, I brought in my Osmonds album. The teacher not only approved, but she played several of the songs for us)
I saw Mamma Mia in Toronto, too. I really didn't like it at all, which was surprising because I love Abba's songs. I pretended to like the show, though, because my friends had taken me to see it for my birthday. I thought the movie with Meryl Streep was so much better than the stage production!
I saw Mama Mia in London and loved it. I didn’t like the film though. I thought the singing was very poor.
Despite some weak singing, I just thought that the movie was more fun. And it was a hoot seeing all those celebrities in it, whereas the stage production had all unknowns (to me, anyway). I guess it didn't help that it was a matinee and the audience I was in was mostly bus-loads of senior citizens who had season tickets to the theatre and didn't really know what they were seeing. They really weren't Abba fans.