Thursday, November 18, 2004

Who ever said I don't love you? It's your favorite. The Recap.

Ok, since I took so long last time, I thought I’d get right to it this time – even though this is hugely painful to do considering I am working on a fellowship application that is probably just a waste of my time…but whatevs. It’s my lunch break. I’ll be productive in one way or another. So let’s get going…

I started off with “Last Christmas,” by George Michael. Yes, I am already listening to Christmas carols. In fact, right now I have the best Christmas album ever on: the Vince Guaraldi Trio’s Peanuts Christmas album. Awesomely awesome! Anyway, to get back to my story…the song was all messed up at the Kid, so I didn’t get to perform it in full. In fact, it kept messing up at all my fave parts. They gave me a free song though. Cool.

Next up: Dorotha and Angela with “Time after time.” Glorious!

Next: me again. “Little red corvette.” Ok.

Then: Angela with “Invincible,” that Pat Benetar song from the Legend of Billie Jean movie. It was awesome. When I go home for Thanksgiving, I will be sure to pull that record off the shelf.

Next Tom, after quite a careyoke hiatus, was back with “Rocky Raccoon.” Though he was rather anti-talky upon his arrival at the Kid, he warmed right up with this performance. Nice stage presence.

Next up, a Rhymes-with-Scrabble classic: “The night the lights went out in Georgia.” Awesome, of course. And Rhymes-with-Scrabble was wearing her hair in 2 crazy tiny pigtails with green bobbles. Rock.

I was up next with “Eye of the tiger.” I must have been feeling rather manly last night. I was all about the man-songs. But I did not manversate. Anyway, it may be a repeater.

Next were the dynamic duo again: Dorotha and Ang. They sang “School of rock.” Awesome of course. I was thrilled to see some more Dorotha roboting. My favorite robot.

Next were Sara and Rhymes-with-Scrabble with “Video killed the radio star.” Nice choice. And fantastic robot video!

Then some guy with a “dork” shirt sang Adam Sandler’s “Piece of s##t car.” I believe that’s how the lyrics kept spelling it. We got him to robot. Of course.

At the table, there was discussion of all of the various ways one could play with Rhymes-with-Scrabble’s name, including Rhymes-with-Scrabble-icious, Rhymes-with-Scrabble-ectable, and even Rhymes-with-Scrabble-ibidinous (thanks, T-luv, for the spelling).

Those 2 girls (Pink Tie-Dye and Stripes) then “Hit me with your best shot.” They did air guitar. Ugh. But we got them to robot. One of them sort of looked like a robotic version of I’m a little teapot. I swear!

Then Angela: “Last dance.” It was awesome although it seemed like a different song that we’d only ever heard part of before. She still put the rest of us to shame with that voice of hers. Jeesh!

Then, Rhymes-with-Scrabble sang “Half-breed!” We yelled (I did, at least) “Half-breed” a lot. I am scared of the negative influence we may have had on the large group of guys who had arrived at the Kid. I heard one say “half-breed” after the performance and felt I should probably go tell him he’s really not allowed to say that unless he’s Cher, channeling Cher, or singing along with Cher or Cher-channelers. But I didn’t.

The some guy sang “Basketcase.”

Then I sang “Girl you know it’s true.” After all that Milli Vanilli talk however many weeks ago, I finally did it. I did not remember it to be so rap-y. Why couldn’t Rob and Fab have done that for themselves? Sad.

Then Tom sang “Should I stay or should I go?” Awesome again – including crazy dancing! I attempted to sing along with the Spanish parts. Attempted.

Next Pink Tie-Dye sang “Call me Al.” Couldn’t hear her.

Next up: Ang and Greg classic candle-song from Rent. My vocab sucks, so I’ll just say “awesome” again. But I really mean it!

Next Stripes sings “Independence day.” This is definitely a Rhymes-with-Scrabble classic-in –the-making. The song is about a woman who is getting abused (again) by her alcoholic husband, so she sends her daughter down to see the 4th of July parade and burns down the house killing both herself and her husband. Whoa. Sure to be Rhymes-with-Scrabble perfection.

Rhymes-with-Scrabble is up next with “I think we’re alone now.” She, smartly, chose the Tiffani version. Of course! I am taken back to 7th grade and futile attempts to copy the popular 8th grade girls’ choreographed routine to the song. I think I finally got it!

Dorotha tries to leave at this point to grade. She can’t because her song with Jeremy is in. She starts grading at the Kid.

The Heckler sings “Rock this town.” Raspy voice goes well with the song, but he has no Brian Setzer-like lisp. He gave in and roboted, despite protests.

Next are Dorotha and Jeremy: “Take me to the river.” Dorotha carries the singing part of the performance, Jeremy the growling throughout – although Dorotha’s end of the song growls are more powerful. Jeremy, what do you bring to the performance? Creepiness? More of my fave robot. Requests for the gecko denied.

Some other guy sings “Santeria” by Sublime. Thankfully, T-zone knows it and sings at the table. Pink Tie-Dye joins him to help him out. It doesn’t work. T-zone sings louder than the 2 of them combined and is, by far, the best performer. The Harried-Freese/Freese-Harried thesis might have been useful here.

The “Dork” guy is back with “Baby got back.” No, I wasn’t trying to make any puns about back. Whatevs. He was actually really frickin’ good. Maybe he has spent a little too much time listening to Sir Mix-a-lot. But it sure made things better for the rest of us. He put the Bacon night performance (by Dorotha and me) to shame.

Next, Sara and Greg with “Like a prayer.” They actually do get down on their knees the first time the lyrics say that, but Greg almost falls off the stage. Later getting down on their knees never make it as far as their knees and instead involve something more like squatting. The notes also say: “Greg: sexiness to Jeremy.” Ok.

Next, the theme continues with “Faith” by T-luv. Rockin’ as always!

Next was Ang. And Jeremy, who insisted on joining her. They sang “I touch myself.” See Jeremy’s blog for a related discussion.

Rhymes-with-Scrabble is next with “Get back.” Good hand motions every time she sings “get back.” “Rhymes-with-Scrabble-icious” gets said a lot.

Next up PTD and Stripes with “Any man of mine.” Technical difficulties delay the performance. The notes bust on them, though it was their best performance of the night. According to me.

The notes also say: “Why did Dorotha give the junior varsity notebook ad (sic) pencil?” True. The note-taking materials were not as high quality as usual. But otherwise, we’d be writing on napkins or receipts or the scraps of paper used to sign up for songs. We do appreciate you, Dorotha!

Next up: me with “Jeremy.” He requested it. Again. I get heckled by the Heckler who tells me I can’t sing it. I challenge him to a careyoke-off. He pretends not to hear me…

Next were 2 guys singing “Hole hearted.” They are heckled.

Next Tom dedicates to his lovely lady “Need U tonight.” Sweet.

A girl from Maryland – who is all proud of that, when, whatevs, I’m from Delaware – sings “Suddenly.” I don’t know from that.

Rhymes-with-Scrabble sings “Desert Rose” by request next. She is serious about her yodeling. The previous recording of the performance appears to be missing the images though the sound works. Is that right?

Next: me, “Just what I needed.” Thanks for the back-up, Tom.

Guy with a country song. Yawn. Discussion of where’s the gay country? In kd lang?

Ozzie song. Scary. The notes say, “First appearance of ‘afterbirth’ in a karaoke song.” True. Eww.

The Heckler is “sure he’s sorry” for heckling after I call him on it. He wants to do a duet with me, but the song (“Picture” – Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow) is taken.

Next is Tom with “Black hole sun.” T-zone sings back-up. The woman knows her stuff!

Next is Rhymes-with-Scrabble with “Dark lady.” We love the clapping.

Evan yawns again.

Guys sing “Sweet Caroline.” Thanks!

We leave.

Don’t forget: Jeremy is singing “Shaft” next time.

Sad note: we were missing a couple of regulars: LL and JJ. We missed you both! And I especially want to wish JJ and speedy recovery! Take care of yourself, sister!

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

The Kid's the place

So, I know, I know, I haven't been blogging. It's too hard. And I have a tight schedule. But I have 3 minutes before my next block of work, so here's a quick what's what in the careyoke world...

See you at the Kid tonight, right? 8:15pm. I have a running list of songs to perform with Jessie J. Sadly, she will not be able to attend. Horrors! What do we do? But the show must go on...Hopefully, I don't forget the list and get stuck singing the same old same old. Look forward to a little "Little red corvette"...

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Somewhat off topic

So, I think I may be veering away from karaoke talk for a minute here, but I just can't stand it! I am spazzing about the election. The thought of working on my paper about Mexican-origin contraceptive use is far less than enticing. I might actually go to demsem today just so that I can be doing something for a couple of hours where I can't possible be in front of the computer checking for results that haven't come in yet.

I voted this morning. I love the Gates of Heaven! Like Dorotha, I was disturbed by the lack of stickers given to voters there. I want one that reads, Kiss me, I voted. I do, however, have something to show for it being election day (in addition to the satisfaction that I voted, my blue shirt - inspired by Nina - and Eyeore earrings - a donkey, get it?): a cd. Yes, I was randomly handed a "I'm young and I will swing the vote. I'm a democrat and my vote will be counted. I'm voting and my voice will be heard" cd from the Young Voter Alliance. I was not so sure I was being counted in this demographic. I have never been offered this sticker at the farmer's market. Anyway, this cd will be my election theme music, featuring Eminem and a bunch of hip hop/R&B folks - including some that this oldie hasn't even heard of. I am so out of it. But not for long!