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Dancing Gigolo Lumberjack
September 4, 2008 - Cindy Votruba
Singing ability comes in all forms every Friday and Saturday night at Shay’s lounge in the Best Western Marshall Inn. In the last couple of months, I’ve been down to the lounge with friends, nursing my Coca-cola and watching them as they hit the microphone with renditions of “The Lumberjack Song” from Monty Python, “Take A Chance on Me” by ABBA or “Just A Gigolo” by David Lee Roth.
My friends are fairly decent singers. Maureen, who has become kind of a karaoke addict as of late, has been requested by some of the wait staff at Shay’s to learn a Celine Dion song “To Love Him More.” She’s done it twice so far, but wants to perfect it more. Plus I’ve heard compliments from other patrons on a couple of songs done by the merry group of Marshall Area Stage Company actors and crew.
I still have to work up my nerve to go up and even do a duet with Maureen. I’ll admit I have been tempted to join her for an easy ABBA song (I’ve listened to the “Mamma Mia” soundtrack enough).
Shay’s has a few regulars who show off their singing capabilities. One is an SMSU theater student, Eric, who goes by the name “Showtime” when he steps up to the karaoke screen. Last Saturday, he did a couple of numbers before my group took off. One was what the karaoke DJ called the “best rendition of a Linkin Park song” he’s ever heard and “At This Moment” by Billy Vera and the Beaters. Being an ‘80s sap song lover, I was glad Eric selected that song. And he cheesed it up, but in a good way. Dave (from our merry group) wondered how could he go on after that performance.
There’s the good, the bad, the usual and unusual singers that make up the karaoke crowd at Shay’s and provide a fun evening of entertainment. It’s a good time, great atmosphere and the best thing, FREE POPCORN!
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