(Editor’s Note: This post was published on 3 April 2015.)
Yes, the Old Soldier will be at Nico’s in Little Italy Saturday night for karaoke. I’ve been doing my flexibility and breathing exercises all week long. Today I shaved my face and head and I’ve made sure that I know by memory the lyrics of the songs that I’m going to sing so that I don’t have to face the monitor with my back to the audience but I can keep eye contact with the audience throughout the songs. This is the essence of karaoke as performance art.
Sure, if you get lost glance at the monitor, but your focus should be on the audience.
I go to Nico’s for karaoke to perform, but I also go there to groove to the other singers and a lot of good singers show up. And even the mediocre singers deserve a round of applause which they usually get. It takes courage to get up in front of around 80 people, when the dinning room is standing room only, and to sing. The karaoke audience at Nico’s is always a friendly crowd.
And I go to Nico’s for karaoke to enjoy the audience.
I’ve been singing karaoke at Nico’s for years (off and on for maybe 20 years), and there seems to be two kinds of audiences that show up for karaoke.
One audience eats and drinks and laughs and talks and basically ignores the karaoke singer.
Then there’s the audience that sings along, claps, cheers and dances to karaoke.
I wonder which crowd shows up tomorrow night.
This is the Old Soldier reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.