Wednesday, June 17, 2009

mama always said everybody needs a party piece

I don't have the greatest vocal range. In my mind, I am freaking Thom Yorke, but in reality those high notes disappear and the really low ones make me cough.

Fortunately Leonard Cohen can't sing either and he still manages to pen some great songs, designed to make even one-note Pavarottis sound pretty competent.

My current personal best is Tonight Will Be Fine, particularly this Teddy Thompson version. I nail that sucker, you should hear me in the shower. Teddy and me, we're practically indistinguishable.

Check out the video, pretend it's me singing, maybe brush up on your Spanish (or is that Portuguese?) at the same time, and then please come back and tell me about your signature song.

Do you have a party piece that you wow them with?


Sean Wraight said...

Were Teddy Thompson and Gentleman Reg separated at birth. They look remarkably similar.

Alas, I am not much a singer... Mind you I do like to sing along to just about anything while traversing Ontario's highways and biways.

I am also annoying the hell out of my wife as I've taken to wearing headphones when I BLIP. Sometimes the spirit of certain songs just overtakes me. Much to her chagrin and her enjoyment of Anderson Cooper.


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I wow them by not singing.

Allison said...

No, I just play with other variables; handclaps, tambourine, attempts at whistling.

BeckEye said...

I remember one time I started singing "Would I Lie to You" to this guy I worked with, and I was trying to imitate Annie Lennox and he told me I had a really good voice. I just laughed and vowed never to sing in front of him again so he wouldn't know it was a total fluke.

I've been known to sing "And I Am Telling You" when I get drunk. I'm surprised no one's YouTubed that shit yet. If someone ever does, my career as an American Idol recapper is pretty much toast. I'd have less credibility than Miss Abdul.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You may have stumbled upon some well hidden secret of rock royalty, Sean. Now I am suspicious of that whole Thompson clan.
Singing ability or lack thereof should never stop anyone from lustily celebrating the joys of driving music, don't you think? Although I do tend to limit my bellowing along with cds to those times I am mercifully driving alone.
I should probably wear headphones while blipping too, so nobody has to listen to the constant parade of partial songs, many of them repeated. But blipping and Anderson Cooper does sound like a particularly bad combination.

That IS impressive, Dr M! I'll bet they love it when you don't do magic tricks too.

I do hope you keep a tambourine handy at all times, Al. One never knows when one will be called upon to entertain the masses. Although I guess that when the whistling attempts can step in.

Smart move, Beckeye, the secret is in always knowing when to stop.
I'm going to check out YouTube for drunken Beckeye singing clips, just in case you missed one. But I'm not sure if there is room in this world for two Drunkies.dabl

mister anchovy said...

I spare the planet the misfortune of hearing me try to sing

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'll bet you sing in the shower or when you are driving alone though, don't you, Mr Anchovy? Everybody does.

Gifted Typist said...

ah, the shower diva.

Funny how certain artists can't sing - Dylan, Jagger - but their passion and artistry gets them through

Gifted Typist said...

BTW, I'm a wicked Ella Fitzgerald in the show

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I am definitely counting on my passion and artistry to launch my pop career, Gifted. You have good taste in shower music, girl!

Dale said...

I love the Teddy Thompson version a lot. I bought a couple of his albums on the strength of it and now like them too. Great pick and you're right about poor Leonard. I've got a better bucket than he does.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'll have to pick up some Teddy Thompson albums, Dale, especially since we sing so well together. I put one of his songs on a road trip mix for the Spousal Unit and he was quite taken with it, so it's an inevitability.

rachael chatoor said...

LOL @ Dr Monkey!
The shower is the best place to sing. I used to have a signature song at parties. "The COUNT", you know the guy from Sesame Street who counts? Yeah him, I do a perfect version of his big number. :)

justacoolcat said...

The man himself was just in town and the show sold out in about three seconds.

From everything I've heard he still puts on one helluva performance.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That would be a great party piece, Rachael, and edumacational too!

I think the Calgary shows were gone just as quickly, JustA. I just hope that people are still as hot for me when I am in my 70s.