Wednesday, June 06, 2007

I Can't Carry A Tune In A Bucket

Tone deaf. I am.

If I hear a song often enough I can sometimes learn it to such a degree that I can mimic the sound of the singers' voices; but I cannot stand alone in a room and carry a song.

Don't even listen to me attempt "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" with that really low part in the chorus. Ugh!

This is tough for a guy who loves to listen to songs. I don't actually care much about the music, it's the song I like.

Because of my inability to carry a tune, I have always avoided karaoke. I have that one shred of dignity that does not allow me to get up and embarrass myself that way. My friends will tell you that I am happy to embarrass myself in other ways, but I have never had the testicular fortitude to perform karaoke.

And now I know why.

Read on . . .

Man shot dead for bad singing in Philippine karaoke bar

A jobless man was shot dead by a security guard for singing out of tune in a Philippine karaoke bar, police said Thursday.

Romy Baligula, 29, was halfway through his song on Tuesday night in a bar in San Mateo town, east of Manila, when 43-year-old security guard Robilito Ortega yelled that he was out of tune.

As Baligula ignored his comments and continued singing, Ortega pulled out his revolver and shot him in the chest.

Senior Superintendent Felipe Rojas said Baligula died instantly.

The security guard was detained by an off-duty policeman shortly after the shooting.

Deaths and violence are not uncommon in Philippine karaoke bars.

The popular Frank Sinatra song "My Way" has been taken off many karaoke bars in Manila after it was found to be the cause of fights and even deaths when patrons sang out of tune.

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