Musings & Thoughts for Sunday, May 15, 2022, or: And Now, Something Somewhat Different – Part Two

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More Karaoke Madness

I am not the world’s greatest singer. I will be the first to admit it. But I have a good ear for music – that’s what my high school chorus teacher, Ms. Owen, once told me, anyway – and I did enjoy my two-and-a-half years as a singer in the men’s and mixed choruses at South Miami High School back in the early Eighties. Aside from working on the school paper and being one of the founding members of the school’s successful TV production program, I’d say my time as a Singing Cobra was what I missed the most after I graduated in June of 1983.

As I wrote yesterday, before I moved from South Florida to the Tampa Bay area six years ago, a group of South Miami High’s Class of ’83 alumni used to get together irregularly at the now-shuttered Open Stage Club and sing songs on Karaoke Night and consuming alcoholic drinks.[1]  As I recall, we did this twice – once on October 17, 2015,[2] and then in January of 2016 – with fewer people attending the second time around.

Image Credit: Open Stage Club via Facebook

In Lithia, I sometimes like to sit in my room and search YouTube for “karaoke” videos that some “YouTubers” post on their channel. Back when I was in a relationship, my ex-girlfriend and I would connect the TV out in the common room/family room/Florida room to the Internet (it’s a “smart TV”), go to YouTube, and look for songs that we could sing along to in “karaoke mode.” Now, of course, if I want to do that, I do it solo and in my room – and usually when no one is around.

Since the YouTube channels that are devoted to real karaoke versions of songs do not allow others to share their videos to blogs or websites they don’t control, I can’t post any such content on A Certain Point of View, Too.

I can, however, post non-karaoke videos of songs that I can sing decently, so that’s what I’m going to do.

Ready? And…away we go!

  • It Had to Be You (Isham Jones/Gus Kahn) – Harry Connick, Jr. version
  • It Was a Very Good Year (Ervin Drake) – Frank Sinatra version
  • And So it Goes (Billy Joel)
  • Perhaps Love (John Denver)
  • Fly Me to the Moon (Bart Howard) – Frank Sinatra
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads (Bill Danoff, Taffy Nivert, & John Denver)
  • My Life (Billy Joel)

Closing Thoughts

It’s midafternoon here in Lithia, so I think I’ll close for now and go read out in the living room for a while. Until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.

[1] Not simultaneously.

[2] Which, by a sad coincidence, was my mom’s 87th birthday, and she had died less than three months before.

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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