Tuesday Night Karaoke @ Coogan’s!
It’s no secret that I love karaoke. C’mon, it’s singing at its best, where nobody judges you on how you really sound, as long as you’re enjoying yourself and having a good time. Liquor helps, of course. Just being a friendly soul that can really get down and not be self-conscious is not only admirable, to an extent, it’s downright sexy to me.
Anyway… last week, Orlando and I were coming down Broadway on the bus when his eye caught the karaoke sign. So we hopped off and went in to have a look. Talk about a scene!! Lots of folks hovering around the bar, getting their drink on… and right up front, there’s a little platform next to the karaoke equipment with a mic, where people get to sing. Folks are pretty good at this place, good singers. And they’re really friendly. Granted the song selection isn’t stupendously large like some other places, but they have a good selection of songs pretty much.
Getting in to sing a song is a bit of a tricky thing. You have to get there early and put in as many songs as possible. Then, the DJ will do whatever order he wants things to be in. Somewhere between 9:30pm and 10pm, the entries stop being accepted, so that’s the key. They’re there Tuesdays from 8pm to 12 midnight, but take into consideration all those people flooding the DJ with songs… it’ll add up over the course of a couple hours.
So last night we went there from the beginning and had an unbelievable time. I sang “Fame” (Irene Cara) and “Killing Me Softly” (Fugees version). I think I did better at “Killing Me Softly” than “Fame”, but it was okay. Orlando sang for his first time — karaoke virgin!! *pop!* — and did “Patience” (Guns N Roses) and “I Don’t Wanna Live Without Your Love” (Chicago). He wasn’t bad for his first time! It’s tough doing that sort of thing in front of a crowd, especially if you’re not a “singer”, but he toughed it out.
There’s a nice little every Tuesday thing to do! I like that sort of routine. Good thing about it is that place is that they don’t have a cover and there’s no real pressure to do anything. You just have to be over 21. Stand there and watch if you want… get some drinks and don’t song… or just sing… whatever you want to do!
So that’s my Tuesday. How was yours?