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!
Yeah, so I forgot to mention that I'm on a cruise so there won't be any posts for a week. The upside is that I have a criminal amount of free time, so I'm going to whip out a few posts for posting later.
Highlights so far :
We arrived at our cabin and the default arrangement is the worst possible. I would break out MS Paint and show you, but it's really not that important. We skipped the "mandatory safety drill" to pass beds over each other in the tiny room and totally rearranged the room. I may have found my passion - I'm totally awesome at rearranging cruise cabins.
There's a low but resounding wurlitzer piano that hums along in the song that is featured in this week's Video of the Week. It was an instrument chosen to add some weight and heft to what is otherwise a very light and happy vocal deliverance by the song's singer Natalie Merchant. I can understand her decision to use this instrument and then to add on a pipe organ further into the song. In spite of the smiling joyfulness she conveys in her singing, she does, in fact, sing of hugely monumental things--things that carry their own weight, heft, and power. She sings of being thankful to people who have been kind and generous to her. Oh yes, these are monumental things. Kindness and generosity form the foundation towards being a compassionate human being. Where would we be without compassion? We'd be fighting endless wars and holding grudges indefinitely. Drown ourselves in pettiness and negativity. Mean-spirited-ness would inhabit our bodies. We would scowl even when smiling. I would be at a loss without the tender mercies of compassion. My own mistakes and selfishness would have devoured me long ago. Thankfully, there truly are kind and generous folks in the world. I am proud to have quite a few of them in my own life. I aim to be such a person in theirs. This song sings of heavy things but offers a smile with great joy and without a scowl in sight . . . I present to you Natalie Merchant's "Kind and Generous" . . . [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdG618TMc5E] Hugs and thanks to all of the kind and generous friends and family in my life. -gordon