Musings & Thoughts for Saturday, May 14, 2022, or: And Now, Something Somewhat Different….

Annoying Phrases

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.”

Karaoke Madness

Sadly, this venue closed its doors in 2020…..

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.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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