Monday, May 06, 2013

I was at a karaoke bar with a bunch of friends the other night, and I noticed a guy I remembered seeing the last time I was there so he is likely always there.  He looked to be in his upper 40's, had pro wresting hair (bald on top and long in the back), and he just hung out drinking Coors Lights and keeping the DJ company all night, off and on singing a song, usually by the Eagles.

At one point the DJ called for a guy to sing who was nowhere to be found, and my buddy, Choo Choo Train, said "That's karaoke abandonment!"  It was.  And that is high crime where Choo Choo and I come from . . .

After last call, wrestling hair guy went up to sing the last song of the evening, "Faithfully" by Journey.  Now, this is a rather cornball song, but on this particular evening it was the perfect one to play.  I remember playing that song on my sister's CD player because I didn't have one yet, reading along with the lyrics, and wondering how a little weasel like Steve Perry could sing like that.  The whole bar must have some fond memories because they were all singing along arm-in-arm, swaying back-and-forth the way drunks often do.  This particular song also hit me hard because as Steve sang about being apart not being easy on his love affair, I was reminded of the fact that I have been doing the long distance relationship thing for the last 2 years, still seeing each other around once a month, but with just 2 months to go until we're together for good, it's harder than ever.

Thanks for listening and for "stand (ing) by me" all these years, 7 Readers.

And now, an 8-year-old Filipino girl absolutely crushing "Faithfully" by Journey.

7 comments:

Cocaine Princess said...

I've never heard of that expression before. That's funny!

Wow, the young girl has a great singing voice.

Kenneth Noisewater said...

Coke: That kid is something else, right? She should be on "American Idol." And she should kick Nikki Manage in the shins.

Mr. Shife said...

The Philippines have a hard on for Journey. Their new lead singer is from there and I think he was discovered doing a cover of "Faithfully" on YouTube. I would have totally been swaying with everyone over that song. Love that tune. Glad to hear you and your lady friend will be back together in the same zip code soon. Have a good weekend buddy.

Mr. Shife said...

Hello Dr. Ken. I guess you are busy watching the Blackhawks or still upset over the Bulls. Have a good weekend.

Kenneth Noisewater said...

Shife: Only 2 blogs in May! Awful production. I just read your story about your high school fight. Anyone else reading this should head over to Shifey's page and give that a read. Funny stuff. Tough to top the wet dream military story, but still pretty awesome.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

"Karaoke abandonment", that's fricken hilarious.

Mr. Shife said...

Thanks Dr. Ken. I just added the sequel to fight #1 over at my blog. Definitely hard to top the tale of the worst wet dream ever. Hope all is well with you and look forward to a new blog post soon. No pressure at all from one of your seven dear readers. Have a great Memorial Day weekend.