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Tue, Jun. 17th, 2008, 05:36 am
Back in New York

I attended the event of "Karaoke Night" a few days ago, consumed over a gallon of beer, and alarmed bar patrons with an atonal rendition of Nine Inch Nails's "Closer." I basically just yelled "I want to FUCK YOU LIKE AN ANIMAL" a lot, in a sincere, lust-choked voice. I similarly tried to "sing" "Enjoy the Silence" by Depeche Mode but realized that I don't even really know how the song goes all that well!

I guess I just don't get singing. It seems like if you hear a simple melody in your head, you should be automatically able to reproduce it vocally the same way you can move limbs and stuff, but apparently not.

The others were all competent singers. The drunker I got, the more I found myself profoundly moved by every single song, even by the guy who kept performing alternative music from the late 90's. Everyone at the bar, except for an annoying gaggle of girls, sang every song with intensity and complete seriousness. The stupidity or, alternately, calculated obliqueness, of the lyrics only heightened the underlying emotion. A giant of a man named "Big Mike" belted out Oasis songs at a more-or-less uniform pitch and (shocking) volume. I was truly "lost in the music." Probably this is what people are supposed to experience at shows and concerts.

The next day was a hangover and the knowledge that I could not sing, that there can be no music inside of me. This cast a surprising pall over everything. I even recorded myself singing "Closer," mixing my ghoulish "vocals" with an mp3 of the actual song. Maybe I can improve! Then I went to cafe and drew a man with a large lower lip until 5 in the morning.

Tue, Jun. 17th, 2008 09:52 am (UTC)
ladyamandaann: New York Envy

I am sooooo new to LJ and this is the first post that I read. I felt the need to reply because of that reason alone, but also because I really enjoyed reading your post. I found it pretty realistic of the way Karaoke should be discribed. I love Karaoke and music in general myself and would like to think that I have a very good voice (although only self-proclaimed). I love singing songs at the top of my lungs and think that I know every word when the truth is I maybe know 30% of them. Anyhow, A-We-So-Me post.
Amanda B.

Tue, Jun. 17th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
seam_by_seam

It is very disconcerting to hear just how awful your voice is, which is often hidden by the radio/whatever or the shower. I am always taken aback when I hear just how tone deaf I really am. Of course, the blow is always softened by at least 4 stiff drinks. I really like singing karaoke, but quite a bit of alcohol is required before I'll even consider it. Then I make bad song choices & fall off the stage.

Thu, Jun. 19th, 2008 07:48 am (UTC)
donferdinand

One time I had to sing in early elementary school and the teacher yelled at me because I was actually making the whole class be off key. I didn't really understand what the problem was, so I just sang louder.

Tue, Jun. 17th, 2008 01:34 pm (UTC)
helionaut

I feel your pain. I used to be able to sing decently if I wanted to, but for reasons you can imagine, NOT ANYMORE. It's so painful to listen to, even if I just attempt to sing to myself in the car. Ouch.

Thu, Jun. 19th, 2008 07:41 am (UTC)
donferdinand

Damn, is it like you can never sing anymore, or you just have to relearn it?

Wed, Jun. 18th, 2008 01:50 am (UTC)
agabrielrose: Ted Razor, Wimp of Our Time

Speaking of Closer: you ever get the feeling that ol' Trent was bluffing?

Thu, Jun. 19th, 2008 07:37 am (UTC)
donferdinand: Re: Ted Razor, Wimp of Our Time

You mean that he was never in a relationship where he truly felt that his partner brought him closer to God?

Fri, Jun. 20th, 2008 07:09 pm (UTC)
agabrielrose: Re: Ted Razor, Wimp of Our Time

No I mean that he wasn't really capable of fucking anyone like an animal.

Wed, Jun. 18th, 2008 03:59 am (UTC)
balor

Were you referring to me in this entry?

Thu, Jun. 19th, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
donferdinand

You know that I think a full set of lips are, uh, not unflattering, in fact the opposite (look at my goddamn user icon)