That's right: I purchased a Barry Manilow CD. I had it on in the car this morning, in fact, and it was certainly one of my more memorable commutes. From the majestic I Write the Songs to the slightly too forward I Wanna Do It With You, there's seldom a dull moment on this disc.
But why, you ask, did I decide to buy Music & Passion in the first place? Well, reader, I've got two words for you: Bermuda Triangle.
I heard this song on Simon Mayo's Radio 2 show a couple of weeks ago, and since then, I've been all over it. I even attempted a somewhat abortive cover version. Eventually, this obsession reached the point where I simply had to add Bermuda Triangle to my library, even if it meant adding 19 other Barry Manilow tracks along with it.
However, it's worth emphasising that Bermuda Triangle is not the only moment of brilliance here. Songs like Copacabana and Mandy go without saying, but you've also got Can't Smile Without You (as classic a piece of pop music as you're likely to hear today), the surprisingly touching Weekend in New England, and probably several others - my journey this morning only got me halfway through the comp, and so I've got many more songs still to hear.
So, yes, I suppose I like Barry Manilow now. I expect they'll come to revoke my Cool Music Guy badge before the week's end.