We did karaoke last night.
My colleagues had wanted to have some fun on my birthday (yeah, at my expense). As you know, karaoke sessions do always become a battle of songs and vocal chords. Yep, egos too. I've been to those with 1 or 2 lousy singers hogging the mikes, singing their mind-numbing numbers all night through. The rest would just become a part of the brown sofas in the dim room, with only their fingers doing ' dit* dit* ' on their handphone keypads.
But last night, we had fun at e-Box, Club Syabas, PJ. Though the songs were mostly el-cheapo version of the originals, (...why must they use girls wearing bikinis in all the songs? Don't they know the meaning of context?) it was a clean and well-lighted place. And it was near our office.
We all sang last night. As usual, Andrew sang the most (he hogged the mike, he was probably hallucinating about himself being Jon Bon Jovi or Bryan Adams!) and Flo did too. Lydia and Deborah sang occasionally. I sang...but we all had a fun time goofing around with rock songs.
Hey, we ROCK!!! XiMnet ROCKS!!!
I am sure we will be barred from going there from now onwards. But honestly, I think we weren't 'the baddest'. There was a Mat Rock in the next room. He was pretty atrocious at mimicking Awie, or whatever he was attempting to do with his vocal chord. The waiter told me he's a regular and he's drunk. He sounded like a garupa fish begging to be thrown into the water again...or whatever...I've heard of people who got murdered in karaokes because they were freaking people out with their 'singings'. That fella last night, he qualified for the 'Delete Key'. The manager was trying to switch off his mike from the counter. Yeah, he was that bad.
We warmed up in about 5 minutes and forgot about him. We sang Eagles, Beatles, Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, CCR, Bee Gees, Billy Joel, Cranberries (!!?), etc, songs like, 'New Kid in Town', 'One of These Nights', 'Love will Keep Us Alive', 'Proud Mary', 'Have you ever seen the rain', 'Twist and Shout', 'Yesterday', 'Can't Buy Me Love', 'It's My Life', 'How Can You Mend A Broken Heart', 'First of May'...ZOMBIE(!??) and so on.
Lydia did a soul-strirring rendition of Michael Bolton's 'Go the Distance'. We were all sobbing by the time she finished. :-)
But what's worth saying is, I saw Karen Carpenter in her original video clips. Oh wow, that was a long time ago, The Carpenters. Karen Carpenter reminded me of my primary school teachers. :-) Yes, the Karen who had aneroxia. She looked a little gaunt in some of those song clips.
'Rainy days and Mondays always make me cry...'
What a voice...
After 3 hours, we wrapped by doing a super mean rendition (my opinions only...) of Deep Purple's 'Smoke on the Water' and 'Soldier of Fortune', edgy vocals, journey-weary melancholia and all.
O wait, wasn't the last song, 'Smoke Gets In My Eyes'? Erm...I think it was Leo Sayer's 'When I Need You?'
I was hoarse all this morning.