The blogging day has begun! Welcome to my blog, the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. If you are new to the PFFG, my name is Guy Hogan. I’m retired and the editor/publisher of this blog which I call a magazine. My old Oxford American Desk Dictionary defines a magazine as: periodical publication containing articles, stories, etc.
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I’m a full-time professional blogger but that’s only because I live off of my social security and two pensions which provide me with a very modest but secure income. Blogging keeps me connected with the rest of the world. It keeps me young. Karaoke keeps me connected with the rest of the world, too. It also keeps me young.
I use to sing karaoke at Nico’s in Little Italy the first Saturday night of every month, but Nico’s is like 12 blocks away from my apartment building which is too far to walk late at night when you’ve missed your bus and you have a belly full of beer. So, now I sing karaoke at Sonny’s Tavern in Little Italy the first Sunday night of every month. Sonny’s is only three blocks away from my apartment building.
I consider karaoke great fun. I also consider it an art form. And that’s how I approach it as an art form. I remember telling someone at Sonny’s one night during karaoke that I actually practice singing karaoke and he was incredulous. He was definitely in the karaoke is just fun camp. He thought to practice for karaoke was to go against the point of karaoke. I think there is plenty of room for karaoke just for fun and as an art form, too.
Graffiti started out as just tagging. And if you were caught tagging you were arrested. It is still illegal to tag. You will also find the works of some of the most talented graffiti artists in our museums.
I consider karaoke great fun and an art form…
So, I’ve been doing my deep breathing, flexibility and stretching exercises religiously and I have the three songs picked out that I’m going to sing and I’ll keep listening to them on YouTube so that the first Sunday night at Sonny’s next month I won’t have to think when I get in front of that mike. I want the lyrics to hurl up out of my subconscious. I want to have fun and to be the advocate of a new and vibrant art form at the same time.
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. All photos used for this blog post were sampled from Egoallstars. Today in Pittsburgh the high will be around 55 with a decreasing cloud cover.
Hemingway is supposed to have said, “You have to live it up in order to write it down.” And even if he didn’t say it it’s still good advice for any blogger or writer.
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