Today on Twitter, I came across a tweet by @KaylaChowShow:
What word or phrase do people use that you can’t stand?
Here’s what I replied:
“At the end of the day.”
“Trump is the best President in U.S. history.”
“Do your own research.”
Before I moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2016, I went to two karaoke events at the Open Stage Club in Coral Gables – a venue that closed its doors in 2020 because the city did not renew the lease – with some of my fellow alumni from South Miami High’s Class of 1983.
I am not a professional singer, nor do I believe I could (or should) be one, but I did have some formal vocal training in elementary school – I was in Tropical Elementary’s first choral group in the 1976-1977 school year – and high school (I sang in both the Men’s Chorus and Mixed (SATB) Chorus in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. I enjoyed singing on stage then, so the two times that members of the Class of ’83 arranged for a Karaoke Night at Open Stage, I was eager to participate.
Here are the songs I performed on those two occasions:
- The Way You Look Tonight (Frank Sinatra version)
- Just the Way You Are (Billy Joel)
- Strangers in the Night (Frank Sinatra version)
- She’s Always a Woman (Billy Joel)
- Piano Man (Billy Joel)
- Some Enchanted Evening (Rodgers & Hammerstein)
I don’t know if or when I’ll ever “do” another Karaoke Night – here, there, or anywhere – but I had fun singing at Open Stage – even if I was “fortified” by liquid courage, i.e. a couple of Cuba Libres consumed before taking the stage.