This past Friday night the new undergraduate Senior Interns decided to celebrate our first full week of work together. So after many ideas were tossed around … okay why am I lying, the whole week we knew exactly what we wanted to do … KARAOKE!! All week we were waiting for Friday night to come and when it got here here we were ready. We are, let’s just say … a lively bunch. So as the days moved forward in the week different tunes could be heard in the hallways which depending on who was singing was either a bad thing or a good thing. The best way to describe the night to you is to give you a play by play so that is what I will do.
9:30 P.M – Phil’s House
The interns gather before heading to the real thing. Everyone has their Friday night clothes on and are looking “fresh to death.” Karaoke is not all about the singing guys … looks count. We start loosening up our vocal pipes with different beverages and I guess types of vocal exercises though I don’t know what exercise involves yelling “Giraffes are pretty” over and over again (cough Sam cough). Just like in all sports the preparation is key and Karaoke is no different. Experts in every sport like to call this the pregame. So that is what we will call this as well 🙂
10:30 – Hospitality House
The crew enters. We are hyped. I turn to my friend Carter and quietly say into his ear..”It’s…about..to..go..downnnn.” He responded “One..don’t ever whisper in my ear again..though I kinda liked it … and two … yes it is … we are going to kill it!”
10:45 – As we make our way to the dance area a man there who looks about 40 but thinks he is 20 is busting out a legendary Bohemian Rhapsody vocal performance. I mean this guy is good. If he was on American Idol Randy would definitely say something like “Yo dawg that was hot!”
The first intern performance is up. Andrew and Carter are giving it their all! They sing their beautiful, fun-loving, and interesting duet of Barbara Anne. I have to say Carter hit all the high notes while Andrew was keeping a smooth, delicious, and splashy bass line. The Beach Boys … a great way to connect the old with the new. Well done guys.
Jamar is up. Now first let me tell you about Jamar. I guess the best way to describe him is as an energetic, fresh, deeply soulful being. Naturally he chose “The Way You Make Me Feel” by Michael Jackson. He was dancing, and grooving, and moving to the music and it was amazing!! (I apologize if I just got that song stuck in your head).
Rebecca and I sing emotional and tear producing duet of “Picture” by Kid Rock and Sheryll Crow. Ok I admit, Rebecca was amazing, I was awful. I’m all about effort not skill and most people probably were glad when the song ended.
Bohemian Rhapsody guy takes on his second grammy winning performance by rapping the very popular “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot. Yes I am serious … not only can he take on one of the best rock songs of all time, but can also spit rhymes. This guy can do it all! In the baseball world they would call him a 5 tool ballplayer. The whole building was hyped and started to bust their moves … and lets just say some were better than others.
Okay let’s be honest Karaoke is not karaoke until someone sings a Billy Joel song. Carter and I decide to accomplish this important mission … and no we did not choose the Piano Man but good guess. Instead we decide to sing “The Longest Time” because just like in the movie Step Brothers, “We only do 80’s Joel duwop!!” It was a masterpiece. Seemed like Carter had sung that song many … maybe too many times before and I recovered from my previous performance and saved grace … I think … okay probably not.
We all sing “I Want it That Way” by the Backstreet Boys. Okay need I say more? It’s the Backstreet Boys … one of the best boybands EVER so naturally we killed it.
Okay Bohemian Rhapsody dude … you might top me when it comes to singing, but now you are just entering my domain when you decided to rap. Carter and I decide to get our Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on and take on Will Smith’s “Getting Jiggy Wit It.” We had “FEVERR! to do another crowd PLEASERR,” and so we executed a fairly tough song to rap with probably about a 90 percent passing rating. All that mattered was that the crowd was “getting jiggy with it..Na na na na na na na!”
The DJ steps up and blasts some music by the actual artists and we all start to get our dance on. There were many students there like us but also many people a lot older than us which made it ….. interestingggg. I guess I will just leave it like that and say that everyone was dancing together …
Everyone was tired and ready to go home for the night. It was an amazing time and we all will remember this night and we have already planned to make another visit there next week. We all turned to each other ready to go home and all agreed we needed to find a ride home. I went up to the taxi driver’s window and sang with my parched voice …”Take me home tonight!”