Date: Thursday, May 11, 2006
In attendance: Kristentatious, Greenfish, Vernessica
Should've been there: Sue, Erica, Racer X, La Fraise (maybe we should call her "FORX"...as in, "Forxy Lady")
7:30 p.m. K + G meet for pizza at Vernessica's restaurant. OK. It was more like 8:00 p.m.
8:00-9:15 p.m. Eat delicious pizza goodness and chat
9:15 p.m. G and I depart for the Sponge Reef. Yes it is as cheesy at it looks.
9:40 p.m. Arrive at Sponge Reef and notice that it is way more crowded than the same time last week. There are at least five more bodies in the bar. It should tell you something about the size of the, um, Reef if five more people constitutes "way more crowded." Also, unlike last week's minutes of deafening silence between songs because there were only a couple of people singing, this week there was already a pretty sizeable karaoke rotation when we got there. It seemed like everybody already had a stack of requests in. Also, at this point, the time line becomes blurry.
Greenfish and I picked out some songs and turned in our requests. Also, within minutes of our arrival, a group of four people came and sat at the table next to ours. Because of the coziness of the establishment, our cabaret-style tables were almost touching. It was unfortunate that they were so close, because it made it harder for us to talk about them discreetly.
There were two couple, one older couple and one younger couple. We got the feeling that one member of the older couple was a parent of one member of the younger couple. Except, we couldn't exactly figure out who belonged to whom. Father and son, both out with their fiancees/wives (it looked like both women we wearing rocks)? Mother and daughter out with their men? I finally decided upon mother and daughter hooked up with father and son (hence daughter married to her step-brother....it seemed like it could have been accurate). They seemed very nice. The older man sang a decent version of Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues, while the younger gal reminded me of Sue in that every song was her favorite.
While we sat there waiting for our songs to be called, and waiting for Vernessica to arrive, Greenfish and I flipped through the book and decided to make a list of songs to be sung by Racer X at a future date.
In no particular order:
Broken Wings by Mr. Mister
Cum on Feel the Noise by Quiet Riot
Don't Stop Believing by Journey (this must be sung as a dedication to Big Dave)
More than a Feeling by Boston
Don't Fear the Reaper by Blue Öyster Cult (Note To Greenfish: Secure a Cowbell)
Be Still my Heart by The Postal Service
Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams
Roxanne by The Police
Also, Message in a Bottle by The Police
We stopped there as we thought that list of songs could tide us over for a while.
Also, Greenfish and I need to remember to sing Oh What a Night sometime, in honor of Camille, my French Exchange student from HS. And Vernessica needs to sing Can't Get You out of My Head by Kylie Minogue, with a dedication to Racer X.
Finally, our songs were called. Greenfish went first with "Like a Prayer" by Madonna. (Later, Vernessica would call when she was on her way over and ask me to turn in the same song for her. Unfortunately for her, it wasn't meant to be.) I sang next--99 Red Balloons by Nena. As I was waiting for the song to start, the KJ handed me a stack of small papers. It turned out to be all of our song requests from last week. Of course, by distracting me, he made me miss the intro to the song, and it's never good to miss the beginning of your song. Oh well. I really like that song, but I never noticed how many long pauses it had before.
Vernessica finally arrived and got called to sing pretty quickly. She sang Sheyrl Crow's My Favorite Mistake, which was a source of great excitement for the girl sitting at the table next to us.
The rest of the night is starting to get kind of fuzzy, but I do remember the following things:
Some guy sang Africa by Toto and totally showed up Racer X's off-the-cuff version from the previous week (for the most part I would say that they are equally good singers, but this guy made the synthesizer/xylophone noises during non-singing moments, which I'm sure Racer X could do better if only he'd thought of it).
We also discussed Vernessica's love life and made a list of Dating Guidelines for her to follow:
*No guys with girlfriends or wives
*No Bass players (Sorry, hun, but you need to break a pattern. My apologies also to Racer X, but I'm sure this rule will allow your Forxy Lady to breathe a sigh of relief. You know, because I'm sure that she has always seen Miss V as a big threat.)
*No Gay Guys (Always a good rule to follow. I should know.)
Hmmm...the only other thing that I can remember is that Greenfish sang Joy to the World by 3 Dog night, which is one of my absolute favorites. Yay karaoke!
I know that this week, Greenfish will miss karaoke because she is going to be in Vegas, doing things that stay in Vegas. But several other people have expressed interest, including Sue, who believes she will be done with her take-home final and be ready to go out!