The Rotating Frontman

Hello good readers!

First off, I’m working on a few other posts – most notably, a Roller Derby recap from Saturday’s bout. So stay tuned for that.

Aside from the Derby which continues to exceed entertainment expectations, this weekend had some other thrills. I’m most excited about a potential long term project I’m starting with Dave. Dave and I have tried to form a band in the past, and have been mostly entirely unsuccessful.

This time though, we have a specific goal: A live Karaoke band.

Alicia has spoken highly of one such band out in Oregon, and Dave and I want to repeat the experience here in Connecticut.

The challenge is twofold:
1. This shear volume of songs is frightening. We think just to start such an endeavor we’ll need flawless recall on 150 – 200 songs.
2. Most of those songs are horrible. – I assure you that there is little joy in learning Dancing Queen.

But the payback! The payback could be huge. Where but at Karaoke can you be guaranteed a great time? The crowd brings the party! Also, the pressure is not on the band but on the performance of the singer. At a Karaoke bar you can’t blame the DJ for poor song choices.

Right now we’re formulating a list of karaoke songs. We hope to learn two songs a week for the next year and a half. We started with some random top Karaoke songs list online, but we’ll need more suggestions. Please feel free to comment with suggestions if you are so inclined.

The list (first pass)

Hopefully we’ll be able to stick with this plan. Also, hopefully we’ll be able to find a bassist and a percussionist. Until that day of reckoning, we will continue to provide West Hartford’s Butterfly with our Karaoke patronage.

5 thoughts on “The Rotating Frontman

  • 9/20/2010 at 12:05 pm

    You can’t forget the classic karaoke songs of “You’ve lost that lovin’ feeling” and “Black Velvet” and “Straight Up” (paula abdul) and “Turn back time” by Cher and “man in the mirror”. :) T

    • 9/20/2010 at 12:07 pm

      Great recommendations! I’ll add them to the list.

  • 9/20/2010 at 12:17 pm

    I think it would be way cooler if instead you were a heavy metal karaoke band. Then you could give answers to the crowd like “why yes, we DO know Slayer’s ‘Raining Blood'”
    Or, Piano Man should probably be in there.

    • 9/20/2010 at 12:19 pm

      We could cater to a specific type of music, that’s not a bad idea. That would allow us to remove those tunes that are on the lamer side of rock.


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