It's a dream come true.
I've always wanted to marry Elton John.
They've got my little face on the chips.
Help Me Rhonda.
I come up with an idea and he turns it down. Then he comes up with an idea and I turn it down. It goes on and on and on until one of us comes up with something . . . that could explode into something the public could connect to. The big-band album, for instance, was an idea that both of us had or I had or he had for many years before we actually did it.
I think if Unchained Melody does what I think it can do, I think there is an audience out there that would heave a sigh of relief, that finally there is a melody and orchestration, production and a vocalist that is giving them a song that they can just listen to ... and not be annoyed by the vocal acrobatics that vocalists seem to think is impressive.
There's one part of me that is very grateful for these singers who continue to introduce these brilliant songs to a younger generation that might not know them. And, of course, there's another part of me that is appalled by the dreadful versions of them. . . . I have been in the music business for too long and I've heard the best, and I know what the best is, and when I hear people attempting to do it and they don't know what they're doing, it just ruins my day.
They were writing real well-crafted lyrics.
Manilow: Music and Passion.
I should start off by saying that I have a very deep affection for American Idol . It's a brilliant show, an absolute phenomenon in the history of television, and I'm not just saying that because they had me on as a guest judge and performer last year -- I truly enjoy the show and would watch it even if the contestants didn't sing my songs as part of the competition and keep my music in the minds of the record-buying public. Now, William Hung ... well, he's certainly no Clay Aiken, my all-time favorite American Idol participant for obvious reasons. But I have a special fondness for William, too -- after all, when I was starting out, people said I was funny-looking and couldn't sing. And even when I became a gigantic pop star in the '70s, I had nearly as many people who hated me as adored me, and let me tell you, a lot of people adored me! Now, could William have done a better job singing my song 'It's a Miracle,' which you can find on several of my Greatest Hits albums? Probably. But if he keeps at it despite what the millions of people who despise him think, then perhaps one day he, too, will sign an eight-year deal to entertain at the Las Vegas Hilton on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights, two shows on Saturday, senior citizen and group discounts available.
the same desperation that everyone else had, which is, 'How can I help?' .
It's unbearable what we've seen and it's not done yet.