Thursday, March 14, 2013

pugs and karaoke with "say it ain't so" rae

If you have ever heard me speak...you can imagine that my singing voice is not good. Due to crappy lungs and a jacked up right vocal cord, I would give Cee-Lo little reason to turn around his chair.  [Tangent: It's a little like putting gravel through a cheese grater, whilst humming with a mouthful of crackers. Very unpleasant. ] However, I LOVE singing...like way more than I should along to the radio, to TV commercials to the loop of useless song lyrics that marquee in my mind....anything! So, naturally, when my friend Rae and I started discussing the fact that she had an Karaoke Revolution Presents: American Idol Encore for the Wii,  I immediately invited myself over. [Tangent: There are the bloggers I stalk online and then those I know in real life. Rae of Say It Ain't So is one I actually call a friend outside the confines of the internet. She and I have several levels of connectivity. In college, she was my upstairs neighbor and we had an art class together, but we never hung out really. She also worked at the mall at the same time as me. but again- we never really hung out. It's as if fate was trying to tell us to be friends. Eventually, we started playing pub trivia at the Flying Saucer together and mutually stalked each others blogs. Finally official friendship was activated. ]

don't I look at home behind the mic?
 If you haven't played Idol Karaoke before, drop everything and play it right now. It is completely ridiculous. Just like the show you can sing along to a variety of extremely random songs after which Randy, Paula and Simon will tell you how amazing or in my case "lousy" you truly are at singing. Because I can't sing unless I am doing so Eddie Vedder style, I started off with a song that matched my range. Black Hole Sun seemed like a good option, and because I love 90s angst,  I assumed I knew all the words. Spoiler Alert: I didn't...and that song is completely nonsensical. [Tangent: Sorry Soundgarden but I have clearly been singing more logical lyrics in the car all these years, because I didn't remember a thing about snakes or cream. Oh well. ]  

I tried to redeem myself with "Come Sail Away" by Styx and duets of "Copacabana" and Beyonce's "Irreplaceable" [Tangent: Which I proudly didn't even need to look at the lyrics for.], but it was all my power fisting belting was completely futile. There was no way I could compete with Rae, who gave a very impressive rendition of the Fergie classic "Glamourous." 

Ryan and Rae really selling it

trying to dance like their onscreen avatars hence the blur

jamie doesn't really sing...at all. So, he stayed on the couch under a pile of pugs.
Our friend Ryan had to go leave to participate in a Back to the Future trivia contest for a podcast taping [Tangent: True story!], so we defaulted to having a doggie fashion show with Rae and Travis's two pugs Phyllis and Priscilla. [Tangent: If you follow her blog, you probably are familiar with these two internet celebrities. They are both disabled rescue dogs. Phyllis has 3 legs and Priscilla is 85% blind. The are adorable.]
it all started with this jaunty look....
...and then this happened.

Yeah, all  in all Tuesday was a good day. In addition to the above shenanigans, I got hooked up with a creative staffing agency so I can hopefully find some freelance that actually pays and I ate a Cracker Barrel breakfast.  Can we say perfect day?

9 comments:

  1. You guys are braver than me. I'd also be the one under the pile of pugs, enjoying the shenanigans from afar. I guarantee you that my singing voice makes yours sound good! That's pretty exciting news about the staffing agency. Go get 'em tiger! (tigress?)

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    1. Its a really hard game...and my voice has no range or ability to fluctuate in pitch so of course I was awful yet fun. You could have fought jamie for the pugs.

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  2. So much fun!!! I am closer and closer to booking a ticket to TN so I can karaoke with you guys (I was tempted to put "y'all" but I thought that it would seem disingenuous/patronizing). Hahahahaha!!! I think I am an a solid singer but I fail miserably at those games (ALL video games, actually). This type of post is just begging for video documentation; I want to hear you guys singing!!!

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    1. Oh my! Don't tease me!!! Come see us! I kinda wish I had gotten video but I don't think that would have gone over well considering everytime I pulled out my phone someone verified that I wasn't recording this nonsense. I will say my cover of Styx put Eric Cartmans to shame.

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  3. I, too, love to sing and I, too, found out the hard way that "Black Hole Sun" makes no sense (it could have been the cocktails imbibed during Mule Day festivities that added to the last part.) I actually once had my singing confused for a domestic disturbance when a friend of mine and I decided to belt out some ABBA in the car while waiting on someone...and the neighbors came out with a suspicious look on their face and asked if everything was okay. It was. Because what situation ISN'T okay with the presence of ABBA?

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    1. I felt very confident when selecting it and after nailing (eerrrr knowing the words to) the first verse...it went off the rails

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  4. this looks like so much fun! i have still yet to meet you two and i feel like this needs to change! i love how the universe pushed you ladies together!

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    1. Absolutely!! We are like ships in the night

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  5. This app lets you add your own sings using its best karaoke machine iTunes integration. Or, make it to the big screen by hooking up the phone to your television through its TV output support

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