As you may have read in the past, Doug and I host Karaoke every Wednesday at Firehouse Lounge in Austin, TX. We now also host it at Shakespeare's on Tuesdays. Tazeroke, which started as a one time event, has now become a weekly event. Yep, we electrocute people every week with an 800k volt stun baton. Somehow no one has shut us down yet.
After Karaoke we always go to Magnolia Cafe. We've made friends with everyone who works there, but particularly two waitresses, Cindi and Kara. Since they're our friends, we want them to come sing Karaoke with us. But... obviously... they work on our karaoke nights.
The solution? Bring karaoke to them.
Cindi brought a little karaoke machine from home. We burnt a CD with some of our favorite songs and headed to Magnolia after Karaoke.
The restaurant was pretty full. It was the typical after bar crowd, plus a few police officers. I wasn't sure how much they'd like the karaoke. We set up the machine and began our first song - Shake That by Nate Dogg and Eminem. Todd provides a soulful Nate Dogg rendition and I rap Eminem's lyrics.
I can't sing, so I always do rap. Plus I don't like much of that non rap stuff.
Despite reasonably offensive lyrics, people seem to enjoy the karaoke. Even one of the police officers was bobbing his head a bit. They applaud when we finish.
Then DJ Doug kills it with Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash. He has a bunch of good songs he sings, but that's one of his best ones.
Todd does This DJ by Warren G. I provide a little backup, but I don't know the lyrics very well.
Finally my solo performance. I sing Hypnotize by Notorious B.I.G. with Kara and DJ Doug singing the chorus with me. One table in the back gets really into it and sings along from their table.
As people left they thanked us for singing Karaoke. Never underestimate the enjoyment people get from having something different happen to them.
Here's a video of me singing Hypnotize. We didn't video the rest, unfortunately.
Makes me wanna participate in Tazeroke! My biggest crowd-pleasers are "Don't Stop Believing" and "Billie Jean" complete with crotch thrusting and MJ dance moves!
Every Wednesday Doug (a.k.a. DJ Doug) and I host Karaoke at a club called Firehouse Lounge in Austin, TX. The main reason I do it is because I love doing gangsta rap songs at Karaoke, and if I'm a host I get to sing more. Plus all of our friends come, so it's a really fun little event.
But last week was more fun than usual.
When I found out that my friend Elisia had a police taser, I immediately went to work trying to think of a good use for it. After a short while, Taseroke was born. The premise was simple - two people would sing a song of their own choosing and whoever the crowd thought did worse would get tased mercilessly by me.
Last semester, one of the parts of my Literature class's curriculum was to do an in-depth analysis of multiple Seamus Heaney poems. For a little background, Seamus Heaney is an Irish poet famous of poems such as "Death of a Naturalist." He passed away last year.
A majority of his poems that we studied centered around one theme: childhood. He talked about his experiences as a kid, and he used a tone of nostalgia, implying that he wanted to go back. It frustrated me that he mainly talked about this topic.
In my eyes, his life was divided into two parts. The first, his childhood, was spent having all these amazing experiences that shaped his life. The second, his adulthood, was spent writing about his childhood.
To me, all he wanted to do was to go back. I felt as if he didn't enjoy his current life (adulthood) and reminiscing about his past was his way of coping. Now yes this is most likely an overgeneralization, but it made me think of this question: