Sunday, July 15, 2007

a crazy good time

last night louise, louis, chakima, chris and i went to the pub for some karaoke. we met up with renee and sonny who was djing the karaoke. the interesting characters were definitely out and about that night. headlined by the duo of crazy john and his sidekick billy, who after storming up to the front of the room to sing a song with some intense body language, sonny observed "here comes billy and he's about to fight someone!" which had me cracking up. chris and chakima were brave enough to sing a few songs with reasonable success, especially considering the level of sining talent at the pub that night. there was one guy who kept opening his songs talking about how his ex-wife left him. it was pretty sad, but he was actually a good singer, so i guess that evened things up in my mind. renee was almost ridiculously good, singing midnight train to georgia. i made a few attempts to convince louise to back her up as one of her pips, to no avail.

let's see....there was the teenage girl who had the confident walk and body language. i was excited to hear her belt out some beyonce, only to be severely disappointed once she opened her mouth. there was the girl who sang "i love rock and roll" and who was probably deaf. i wasn't sure how to react to it, so i just booed loudly. we also experienced a wild ride on the moellercoaster as he serenaded us with his surprisingly classy rendition of salty chocolate balls. there were the obligatory 2 kinda skanky girls who were creepily singing songs and pretending to seduce each other. chris later explained to me how those girls are "snotches". oh and there was the drunk redneck guy who sang some country song and during a particularly long break with no singing decided to grab a surprised sonny and pull him to the front and proceed to make him perform some sort of drunken square dance. renee was laughing hilariously, but i could see the horror in sonny's eyes as he tried to go along and smiled politely.

again, with all of these characters trying to one up each other in crazy, it was crazy john and billy (probable cousin of our high school classmate joel) who stole the show. they sang 3 songs and really attacked each song for a dynamically crazy performance each time. crazy john started things off with some song that i think was by tool. his pitch changing at seemingly random times. combine this with his abandoning a normal singing volume about half way through the song, with his vocals becoming twice as loud and extra muddled with him cradling his mic head with his hand as to not let any of the magic escape from going from his mouth to the microphone. billy then surprised the crowd with a very subtle and engaging version of "in the summertime" which had me both perplexed and entertained. they also managed to team up for a song at some point in the night. i don't remember the song, but i remember feeling awesome when i was experiencing their performance.

overall, it was a fun night. i got to spend time with my girl and some good friends. got to see the funny and charming couple of sonny and renee. while the singing talent was not great, everyone who was brave enough to perform did so with confidence. they all seemed to have a lot of fun and as a result, i in turn had fun too. it was one part friends, one part look at all of these crazy people, and one part these crazy people are having fun and it's kinda contagious. maybe one day i will join them.

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