Funny how these things happen. This post began when i heard about David Cameron and Ed Milliband trading insults with each other by using songs by the band, Police.
So off i went thinking i know what, i will use Barry Manilow Songs to insult our elected Government Officials because after all, he wrote the songs.
I got to 'Can't smile without you (because you cut my Moebius syndrome funding)' and 'Could it be Tragic' but i quickly found that Manilow didn't really have that many songs i could bastardise the titles of so i aimlessly began clicking through his you tube videos.
I wouldn't go so far as to say i was much of a fan of Manilow but i do like the way his songs tend to feature just him and a piano at the start and build to a crescendo with an orchestra and him holding those long notes. I am a sucker for a big note and a belting orchestral finish to a song and i was merrily singing along to his back catalogue, sorry Barry but i murdered 'Could it be Magic', and i thought that i might fall across him singing 'The Impossible Dream' which i have long believed to be a song just waiting to be sung properly by someone.
The most often heard version is by Andy Williams and while it is not horrible, it always seems a bit underwhelming and the you tube search always turns up opera singers who seem go at it with too much power. It's a song just waiting for someone to sing it properly
Another one is Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, two songs just waiting to be picked up and done justice.