Friday, July 31, 2009

I'm getting old

On Aug. 9, 1975, a young woman in Orange, Calif., gave birth to her second child.

Nearly 34 years later, that child realizes that 1975 was a long time ago, and he's getting older by the day.

I'm turning 34 in a little more than a week, and while I don't exactly feel bad about that - I realize I hit the wall a few years ago - it's still a little bit of a shock that I'm getting up there in age. I mean, I used to think 34-year-old athletes are over the hill, still do, and sometimes I'm shocked when I come across an athlete in, say soccer or baseball, that I perceive to be old and washed up only to realize that he is a year or two younger than me. That's pretty sad.

Anyway, to try and celebrate the passing of another year I'm having a birthday party. Originally, I wanted to have some fun with it. I was going to have it somewhere with karaoke and have all of my guests sing at least one karaoke song, but while that is a fantabulous idea, the thought of having nobody show up for fear of singing in public was apparently too much for me to handle.

Instead, karaoke is optional (boo!). Mrs. LB put on the invitations for the guests to not bring presents because I want to get together for some fun, not to collect presents, but I did toy with the idea of giving guests the option of buying-out their karaoke performance by bringing a small gift. Instead, I nixed that too. If people want to bring gifts, fine, but that's not a requirement. Neither is karaoke, sadly.

However, I will take the lead and sing at least one karaoke song in an attempt to get others to join me. Now, I'm not the most outgoing person in terms of getting up in front of a crowd and being the center of attention. In fact, I'd just as soon not be in front of a crowd like that. But I have a strange fascination with karaoke. I've only done it once but it was fun. I guess it's cool to have fun with it, singing and all. I have a horrible singing voice so it's pretty cool to poke fun at myself every now and again.

Anyway, what I wanted to do was to have some blog involvement. I wanted my trusty readers to submit songs they'd like for me to sing karaoke to. I figure I'll open it up to suggestions and then put it to vote. Afterward, I'll sing the top vote-getter or two, record it and put it here on video for you all to see.

I don't have any ideas as to what sorts of songs to sing. The one song I sang was to my girlfriend back in '98, well, I think I was courting her at the time. Not sure we were together. I sang AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long" to her. She was a bit mortified by it - mostly because I kept pointing at her while I was singing ("YOU!" LB points to mortified female friend "shook me aaaalllll niiiight looooong!!!!") - but it worked because we still talk about that night after 10 years of marriage.

So what you got for me?

Nominate as many songs as you like. I'll put up one of those voting polls next week and then we'll figure this karaoke thing out.

15 comments:

5thsister said...

Mrs. Muddy Runner MUST videotape you singing and you MUST post on your blog. And you couldn't have a singing voice worse that Mr. Sisters. No one does! LOL! (except for me!)

Raoulysgirl said...

Since I know we're both HUUUUGE Metallica fans...I nominate "Enter Sandman." That's my vote. Good luck. Can't wait to see what the result will be....lol!!!!

Willoughby said...

I love, love, love this idea!!! I'm sure I can think of a few songs to nominate. Any Metallica song would be good since you probably know most of them (I'd vote for "Enter Sandman"). Or you could relive "You Shook Me All Night Long" for your wife! If you're looking for classic Karaoke how about "Friends In Low Places"? Wanna rap? How about "Bawitaba" by Kid Rock? The clean version would probably be best. My name is Kiiiiiiiiiiiiiid.....

Willoughby said...

By the way, 34 is NOT old! I can say that with confindence since I'm on the other side of 40. I do wish I was still in my 20's though!

tahoegirl said...

i vote for "I'm too Sexy" by Right Said Fred... :o)

Angie Eats Peace said...

Ooooooo! I LOVE karaoke! OK, some of my favorites are:
Bon Jovi~It's My Life
Ike & Tina~Proud Mary
Whitney Houston~I Want to Dance With Somebody (you should totally do that one)
Johnny Cash~Blue Train or Folsom Prison Blues
Patsy Cline~Walking After Midnight

....and on and on and on...I have a bit of a karaoke problem : /

Mark said...

I don't have any song suggestions right now, but I want to wish you a happy birthday. I turned 34 back in March. It's not that bad.

Lissaloo said...

I'm with 5thSister, a recording of the great event on here would be really great! I would have to pick -are we human, by the Killers?? I think. After your blog post about it I can't hear that song without remembering your post :)

ChristineM said...

LB, you're not old! I've got a whole decade on you, so I'll let you know when I'm old so you can plan accordingly! ;)

As for songs, go for something from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack - My personal favorite is "Son of A Preacher Man", but one of the others may be more suitable for you! ;)

Amanda said...

I vote for bootylicious by destiny's child hahahaha If it's going to be on the blog it has to be insainely embarassing...only natural :)

Tattoos and Teething Rings said...

I'm gonna vote for "Sweet Child Of Mine" by GNR, a classic!

thrasherswife said...

Ok, I think you should sing "all the single ladies" and get some dance move ideas from this guy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTegy6sBQVA

thrasherswife said...

hope you don't mind my humor...

thrasherswife said...

Ok, so I have another one - How about Cherry Pie by Warrent - and you could point at your wife during that one too.. "She's my cherry pie".. that would go along with "you shook me all night long"... just a thought :)

whatwas said...

Getting old at 34?
Get real!
Cheer up!
The age of 34 can be great:
http://www.whatwasdone.com/Age.php?&Age=34
We are getting old only in our head.