Just another New Year’s Eve?

Barry Manilow´s video and the reality of lonely New Year´s Eve for some people.

Aaah, New Year’s Eve, a time to reflect on the year just gone and look forward to the one about to begin. It’s a chance to positively celebrate the relentless passing of time that for so much of the rest of our lives seems like an inescapable inevitability that we do our best to ignore. That’s the funny thing about New Years, it’s the one time of the year where we actively celebrate something as banal as one date changing to another. Massive celebrations in every major city in the world lead the way as people in pubs, clubs, parties, or even just quiet gatherings at home ring the changes.

Indeed, to not mark the New Year makes you seem like quite the party pooper, a miserable type who probably didn’t bother to enjoy much of the Christmas celebrations either. Or maybe it just means you spent all your money on presents and a turkey and can’t afford it, in which case you will probably sit at home feeling like you and only you are missing out on the biggest party in the calendar. The pressure to enjoy yourself in some way is huge and unrelenting in the days building up to it as all conversation turns to plans for the last night of the year. Wouldn’t it be nice to throw off all the shackles of social expectation and tradition and treat it with less gravity…

These thoughts and maybe more must have been rattling around Barry Manilow’s head when he composed this song. He certainly expresses such a thing at 0.22 when he says to the waitress – who it seems he is trying to chat up – that “Personally I think we put too much importance on New Years Eve, don’t you?”. The waitress’ answer is an immediate “no”, and seeing as she has just told Barry before that she will be working on New Years Eve it seems like Barry’s smooth-talk is going nowhere. However, he begins the song and pretty soon it appears that the Manilow charm is having an effect. She sits, dreamy eyed as he sings:

Don’t look so sad,
It’s not so bad you know.
It’s just another night,
That’s all it is
It’s not the first,
It’s not the worst you know,
We’ve come through all the rest,
We’ll get through this…

Who wouldn’t be spellbound by a man who can just wander in to a low-lit, nearly empty club at whatever-o’clock and instantly sing you a song like this, one that speaks so beautifully of how you, a lowly waitress is in need of some escape from a job that demands you miss out on the biggest night of the year? Also, who wouldn’t be enchanted by a man with such immaculate hair??

…But when we’re through this New Year
You’ll see, will be
Just fine…

By this point, at 2.42, Manilow has her going all soft and gooey. She leans back, smiles coyly and runs her fingers through her hair. She is all his, ready to be swept away by him, to quit her job and celebrate with this…this…poet, this singer of songs who has so completely captured her heart.

….And we’ll grow old, but think how wise we’ll grow.
There’s more you know, it’s only New Year’s Eve…..

By the end of the song the waitress has a huge smile on her face and is presumably and quite reasonably expecting to get at least a phone number.

So what does he do? Wishes her Happy New Year, grabs his coat and promptly heads for the door. Smooth Barry, smooth. Sing her to heaven and then do a runner. He’s a proper charmer, for sure…

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Anyway, Naty and myself would like to thank all of our readers and wish you a wonderful New Years Eve and all the best for 2014! We look forward to entertaining you plenty more in the year ahead!

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