Monday 12 August 2013

Sing, Sing a Song (Part 2)

So for those of you who missed it (WHAT? you don't hang on my every word???), I set myself the challenge of singing a rap song in public. I went with Kanye & Jay Z's totally awesome Otis, and sang both parts (as you do). (Original post here but not really necessary).

I am white, old, and can't sing for s$%t. So, how did it go?

Well, the girlfriend of an ACTUAL rapper (and I mean with a record label) was there, and hopefully only taking photos of me, not filming (I've been too scared to google 'sad old lady tries to be cool' on utube). So that was, needless to say, slightly distracting, and threw me a little every time I looked in her direction.

One old guy said "How are we meant to sing along to this?" I had to bite my tongue not to say "There was no rule it had to be some sh*t song from 40 years ago".

So self esteem not at an all time high. HOWEVER, the challenge was to sing it, and I did - got all the words out in time, even danced a bit (stop laughing).

I was told later, no one could hear me, because I refused to use a microphone. I say, the task was to sing a song, not to be heard.

The young people (25 year olds) came over to me afterwards and told me I was great. I know I wasn't but what they were saying was I picked a great song. So I'm happy with that.

Of course, the next task is a duet. (Seriously, why am I in the song club?). I am doing this song (from the Gatsby Soundtrack - everyone go and buy it, it's great):

Again, I'm singing both parts, because that's what you do in the car, right? (I have a friend who says she doesn't do this, and that she sits silently and waits for the part she's singing to come back on. I don't believe this at all. Questionaire below). If you're wondering how I'll manage to sing this, I work on the theory that if it's too high, just go really deep with a 'sexy' southern drawl. (It's getting better, right?)

I'm thinking I'll use props to show the difference between Q-Tip

and Fergie*.

Might even work out a dance routine...cos if you're skating on thin ice, you might as well tap dance.
Stay tuned. I need to point out, everyone else just holds lyrics and sings into a microphone, but what can I say? I saw Chicago as a young child and Razzle Dazzle lyrics stuck with me:

"What if your hinges all are rusting?
What if, in fact, you're just disgusting?
Razzle dazzle 'em
And they'll never catch wise!
Long as you keep 'em way off balance
How can they spot you've got no talents?
Razzle Dazzle 'em"

So does ANYONE on the planet, when singing along to a duet in the car, only sing one of the parts? (or is my weirdness showing?)

*I went to Gin Mill Social and got this fan because I was totally into the whole Gatsby thing. I now want to use this fan in day to day life, as my signature affectation. But I know that's a little extreme, even for me! So I'll just have to suffice with creating excuses to drag it out.

Torshlusspanik List:
1. Shooting (check)
2. Fencing (check)
3. Play croquet at Croquet Club
4. Laser skeet
5. Off road buggy driving
6. Play Assassins Creed
7. Jetpacking (check)
8. The Color Run (check)
9. Invent something
10. Cooking Masterclass (check)

11. Master a Masterclass (check)
12. Perform a rap song (check)
13. Trampoline adventure
14. BMX Riding (check)

Linking up with Jess for IBOT.

Do you sing both parts of a duet in the car? Or do you just sit silently waiting your turn?

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  1. I love everything about this, Lydia. Everything. You crack me up :)

  2. WOW!! Good for you!! LOVE IT!! I use to sing in highschool, but haven't ventured into public with my singing for a long time!! You give us the confidence to try anything atleast once!

    1. if you used to sing, I imagine you still can...maybe you should!

  3. I will admit to TRYING to just do one side of a duet, then I imagine some hotty like Keith Urban or Guy Sebastian (DON'T JUDGE ME!) is singing the other side back to me. but I always end up singing the whole thing and half way through realizing and having to start again. Long story short (too late!) I've never managed to do it! Why is there no video here!? -Aroha x

    1. NEVER video...that would cement my embarrassment forever...might curb my enthusiasm too.

  4. No I sing the whole song. Sometimes I just pretend I'm in the musical and try but it doesn't usually happen.
    Yay for singing in public!!! I'm not a singer but sometimes it's fun just to let go and have fun :)

    1. you can sing - watch your clip from yesterday!

  5. I sing both parts, and try to out sing myself!!!!!!!!! HA HA!
    Can't wait to see what you do next - love this list :)

  6. Lydia, you're so freakin' awesome! Absolutely sing both parts, and both as badly as the other xx

  7. My Miss6 and I sing all of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" in unison instead of as a duet :)

    I absolutely adore that you have undertaken these bold tasks, then tweak them with technicalities: "I refused to use a microphone. I say, the task was to sing a song, not to be heard." Mastery.

    1. Life is made on technicalities! (I loved that song as a kid and used to sing both parts - because you don't want to miss the good lines, just cos they aren't your part. Unison is perfect!

  8. Partner has just decided that for our duet we'll do Otis - so now I have the challenge of ONLY singing one part. I'll have to watch the video so I know when to stop...(he has no idea how fast it is!)