I plan to be at Sonny’s Tavern in Little Italy for karaoke the first Sunday night in July which is only twelve days away. For me that means fifteen minutes every morning of deep breathing, flexibility and stretching exercises and then holding my breath for at least 30 beats after my exercises are done and listening to the songs by The Doors (on Youtube that I hope to sing at karaoke) over and over again and saying under my breath at different times of the day (while taking a shower or walking down the street) the improvisational spoken words that I recite during the instrumental parts of the songs and occasionally playing the songs in my mind during the day to make sure I know where my musical cues are. Yes, I take my karaoke seriously. Or maybe I just have too much time on my hands. Or maybe I approach karaoke as an art form because it gives me something to blog about. But I also contend that karaoke is just for fun. It’s great fun. In my mind karaoke is an art form and it can be just for fun, too.
Of course, The Doors are not the only band that I grew up with or that I listen to today. Recently I’ve been tempted to open my karaoke set at Sonny’s singing a song by a different band. I decided against it. Why did I decide against it?
I consider what I do at karaoke kind of a one-man show. Like an actor touring the country impersonating, oh, Ernest Hemingway. Well, I wouldn’t suddenly start doing F. Scott Fitzgerald or Jack Kerouac if I was doing an impersonation of Ernest Hemingway. So, for the time being, when I sing songs by The Doors I’ll stay in character. I’ll continue to do the best impersonation of the Lizard King that I can do. He was usually high or boozed up anyway so it’s not too difficult. The Jim Morrison persona is perfect for karaoke in a bar. I know my self-imposed karaoke parameters are limiting. But when I’m up there in front of that audience the first Sunday night of July impersonating the Lizard King I have to stay in character. Which for me is also very liberating.
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