You know, Barry is always doing things to make us appreciate the music. The beautiful jackets, lighting and razzle dazzle are just window dressing. He wants you to feel a fraction of what he feels. Just take a look at his face when he is playing the piano, or when he has climbed so deep into a song that you can tell he is in another place.
During my platinum, he asked how I became a fan. When I was telling him my story, he was staring at me, and was obviously interested. When I finished, he was amazed at how long it had been, but he said "you got the music even at that age?" I told him yes, and he had me hooked ever since. He smiled and asked another question - "this Jewish boy really had that affect on you?" I said "yes, you did."
I said all of that to say, yes he loves the accolades and the ovations, but what is important is to feel the music. Unless you are a musician, you will probably not feel exactly what he feels, but if you just listen - just let it take us away.
I think about my favorite song, Weekend in New England. No matter when I hear it, there are different images going through my mind. I think of the first time I heard it, I think of all times I saw him sing it, then I think of the first time I saw him sing it. Each time I see him do that song, chill bumps rise on my arms. It is beautiful, but I cannot describe it but I think it is a combination of the way he sings, the way he plays, and the faraway look he has. You just wonder what is going through his mind, and from the look - it must be a nice place.
I always joke about Barry being a "Pied Piper," he hits a few keys on the piano, and he has us under his spell. Think about it ... am I wrong?