Wednesday, July 11, 2007

SINGING KARAOKE IN THE POST-SOVIET ERA.

Shit man, I just got back from a karaoke singing contest with some 20 other contestants at the local watering hole. Grand prize? $1000 BUCKS! Not bad, but I gotta hang in there the next few Tuesdays, which will be hard, because the competition tonight was tough. Not that I didn't do pretty good mind you; I sang that famous tune from The Breakfast Club by Simple Minds, Don't You Forget About Me. Yeah, I've practiced it enough that I felt comfortable doing it, although it was difficult being the second one up with everyone paying full attention to my skinny ass whilst on stage! EEK! It was hard not to feel my legs shake, so I had to tap away and pretend I was in control. I pulled it off I suppose, but as of this time I don't know if I'm still in for next week, since I had to leave the bar to come home and get ready for bed. I'm tired. And I have a slight sore throat. Damn bar was packed. FUDGEPACKED! GAY MEN GALORE!

Yeah, I was caught by surprise too, by this little movie starring my boy Jakey G. It came out in 1999 and it's called October Sky. I had never seen it, and I was pretty impressed. What a cool little film man! So moving and inspirational, very Americana, back when the Soviet Union was our sole competition and menace in the world. Can ya freakin' believe it? Back then, the Soviets were our main threat and technological rivals. Americans really felt down when the Russians were able to launch the Sputnik satellite into space before us back in 1957. There was this real competitive urge between the two superpowers that now seems but a distant memory. Good little movie! Kudos to Jakey who was very good in the movie and looking quite hot although a bit goofy and still growing out of his adolescence. The film felt very much like Stand By Me at times, in capturing the innocent magic that was the 1950s in the U.S.A.

Off ta brush ma choppers...
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16 comments:

Todd said...

Good luck on the contest. Record the next performance and put it on the blog.

Preciosa said...

AWESOME!! Good luck. I agree with Todd, record it so we can see how great you are! Abrazos!

Regina and Renee said...

wow, i dont think that i could get up there and perform in front of a bunch of people....especially considering i cant sing!!!!!!!! i'd be a lot more confident if it was an acting comp.!!! well good luck! i really hope u make it!!!

~exoh~
Ray

Zhu said...

Well, good luck !

I'm cringing everytime time I hear the word Karaoke. Reminds me of Chinese bands who play the same song from Bob Marley (with Chinese accent) all night long. Yes, living in China was sometimes tough. :D

Gavin Elster said...

I recall speaking to one of the mothers of an actor in this film. She told me the working title of the film was ROCKET BOYS. That title didn't fair well when presented to a test market. They rearranged the letters in the title to create OCTOBER SKY and that title tested much better.

Darci Monet said...

Just in case you didn't know...you made it to next week. ;-) BRING IT!!!

Christopher said...

Hmmm...that bar isn't too far from the LBC....I would love to see you in action...bet you look good crooning (among other things)!

Gary said...

I saw October Sky many years ago and loved it. I even told my parents they needed to see it. I had not idea Jake was in that, I didn't know who he was back then.
Good luck with the singing.

laurenbove said...

I remember this one. I didn't know Jakey baby was in it. Ahhh....I'm off to rip off Vongo. (did I say rip? I meant download into an erasable temp file.)

Gledwood said...

hey your blog is well colourful!
sometimes i'm in such altered states i don't notice the 1st time round ... or the 2nd ... hokaydokay!!
howzit going?
it's all chaos my end but i'm fine just put you in my links
my links have shite loads of people i never contact (ie the old links) so i've created a new section called "best blogs vi" with people i do actually read, see, speak to & that's where you are so congratulations!

gleds

Pod said...

a friend of mine actually got booed off whilst singing 'torn' by natalie umbruglia once. shameful.
hope you're have had some chances to fly a little
;0)

Shelby said...

I've seen that movie a billio times at school because its one of those "If you follow your dreams and just believvvvve, you can do anything! Including beat the Soviets!". Its filed next to Mr. Holland's Opus and Stand and Deliever. I do heart Jake, though. Congrats on karoking!

alexgirl said...

I remember October Sky. It was cute, i think. Maybe I'll rent it again.
And good luck with Karaoke!! I love that Simple Minds song. What are you going to do next week?

durante vita said...

You left a bar full of men to go to bed? You have such restraint.

Bill German said...

that is when jakey was an innocent straight lad. Now his fame is tainted for being a homo. bring back the bubble boy

about a boy said...

i loved october sky!