Some Great San Diego Karaoke Singers.
My Musical Friends at Woo's
Sheraton La Jolla Shooters Lounge Most Sundays: 6-10
Warning: SATURDAYS, 7:30 -11pm can be quite noisy sometimes...
The hotel manager has allowed "intoxicated guests" staying at the hotel to talk very
loudly right in front of the singer. This may make it hard to comfortably hear the singers.
Sadly, it can then become a noise "war" between them and the karaoke sound system.
Ennis and Deborah Calvin Preacher and Debbie Maria and JC Dr. Mark
Chuy and Mimi Lori Lana Rock and Roll Mike Da Vida Clemencia and Allen
Jimmy Miss Dale Jeffrey Pat Mary Lee Uncle Rick Denise Johnny C
Tommy Jonathon Rocky May and Avin Jerome Lori II Rick and Miss Woo
Linda K Everett Wild William
San Diego's Answer To Scowling Simon Cowell
Also "The Origins of Some Songs May Surpise You" "Song Stealers and Musical Plagiarism"
"My Wish List for Lady Singers"
Last weekend I met a man, Mike, from Portsmouth, NH at Woo's Karaoke show in La Jolla.
He works for the Navy and travels everywhere in the US and the UK where the US Navy
has ships to repair and weld. He used to be in a band and loves to sing Karaoke wherever
he's sent. I had seen him this Summer and asked then where he thought was the best place in
the world he's gone to sing and listen to others sing really well. At the time, he mentioned a
place in Virginia Beach. This time he said, "No question about it. Woo's right here is the best.
The venue and the singers are number 1".
A few days later, I made the mistake of listening to FOX's Simon Cowell again on his glitzy
X-Factor show. It didn't take Simon more than 2 minutes to once more use the word "Karaoke"
as a categorical pejorative. His ultimate "put-down" of an inadequate performance is to
call it "Karaoke quality". He's always done this in all his shows.
What crap! I realized that he's as ignorant as he is arrogant; no mean feat, that. Why do Americans
have to listen to rude Englishmen judging American talent shows anyway? Why did Piers Morgan
replace Larry King? One answer is because FOX and CNN want the broad mass of Americans
to feel inferior and deferential to their betters. That way the 1% can better control the 99%.
Too cynical? Well maybe. Another reason Simon gets away with his elitist snobbery is because
that he and the media are trying to make his shows seem to have singers of such a lofty
standard that it is quite unreachable for regular, everyday people to attain, unless they
have Simon's God-like guidance and approval. What a croc! He's a wanna-be English aristocrat
carving out his own empire using patronizing put-downs to bully the natives.
Fox has a lot to learn about respecting ordinary people.
Sadistic Simon's Scowling on Rupert Murdoch's Fox Network of "Lies for Profits".
. Simon's favorite insights: "What the hell was that? A new form of torture?"
"You sounded like you were being strangled." or "It was like one of those ghastly parties where
the parents make their child get up and sing. And then in the end you want to tell the child to 'shut up'.
It was just 'horrible'."
Why, except out of a cruel, capitalistic need for self-enhancement, does he need to annihlate
a young person trying to sing? " I could sell you as a sleeping aid. I've never heard anything
more boring in my life." "Your mouth is far too big when you sing. It's like looking in to a cave...
I've never seen anything so huge in my life. Absolutely terrible."
Here's what Rock star Sting, who actually is a singer, says about Simon's X-Factor:
"Sting said the singers who participate in the X Factor, created by Cowell in 2004,
were "humiliated when they get sent off". He added: "How appalling for a young person
to feel that rejection. It is a soap opera which has nothing to do with music...It has put
music back decades. .. X Factor encourages contestants to conform to stereotypes.
"X Factor is a preposterous show and you have judges who have no recognisable talent
apart from self-promotion, advising them what to wear and how to look. It is appalling.
The real shop floor for musical talent is pubs and clubs, that is where the original work is.
... It is impossible to put an act on in a pub."
. ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8355611.stm
Jimmy, Preacher and Mac
Singing is MUCH better here in San Diego than Scowling Simon will ever know.
Come to Woo's and Make Your Own Determination.
Woo's San Diego Karaoke is much, much better than X-Factor. I don't think there's any question.
Our best singers measure up very favorably to 95% of the singers you hear on X-Factor,
America's Got Talent and American Idol. Of course, hearing Adam Lambert some night in person
would be extraordinary.
I think an important reason why Woo's is so good is because it does attract good singers and they
help, encourage and inspire each other. Singing here is free and for fun. It is not a competition.
And it is most certainly NOT for profits.
Another is that digitization really interferes with the quality of the sound. No place
in the bar is more than 30' from the singer. And if you like the song, all you have to
do is applaud and walk up to the singer and say "Thanks".
Some of our Karaoke singers are professional singers. Quite a few sing as well as those
we have heard in lounges in Las Vegas. I personally like many of their versions of
certain songs more than the original recording's singer's version.
Simon is so wrong to malign Karaoke. Lots of well-known singers were discovered
there. But from a listeners' viewpoint, Karaoke lets you appreciate the poetry of the
songs, because you can read the words that are being sung. The songs touch what
makes us all human. A good way to see what goes into singing entertaingly is to try it yourself.
That's how you learn to appreciate the variety of skills it takes. Along the way, you will
discover that listeners defintely want to be touched emotionally. The more the singers
give of themselves, the more the audience loves them. Life is that way, too.
Let me introduce some of Woo's singers in no particular order.....
Dr. Mark shows that neurologists know a thing or two about the heart, too.
Lovely Lana (on right) singing a year or so ago. Lori sang in a band in Oregon.
We need to post some recordings of her songs, like Landslide. Lana has the smoothest,
prettiest voice of all. She used to sing Karen Carpenter and country songs, like Some Day
Soon, as well as is humanly possible, I think. Now memorializing Michael Jackson's many
gifts to us is her focus. Billy Jean, Human Nature, Rock with Me
Lori and Lana Singing at Woo's
What a smile!
| Rock and Rolls Mike "keeping
the beat boys" and singing most powerfully at Woo's.
Super talent. Not many sing fast song with such good voice control and musical accuracy, too.
I first met him 10 years ago wowing the crowd at the Melissa King's Lighthouse Karaoke.
Melissa King is such a fine singer and hostess. I miss seeing her regularly. She's at the
Charcoal House two nights a week. You should have heard the singers Melissa brought
together at the Lighthouse. Mike has provided us two songs from Jessie.
Listen to Once in A Lifetime and she had
Mike singing: You Never Called Me
You Can Leave Your Hat On. (A song Preacher wows em with, too.)
I Like 'em A Little on The Trashy Side.
Still Got The Blues. (A song I like to sing, too, from the late Michael Moore.)
Clemencia and Alan are KJs,
like Miss Woo. Alan likes rock and roll songs
and beautiful Denise has a fantastic range and will sing professionally
for your group. Get a taste of her singing at Harmonic Essence. She can hit the high E
in the Phantom of the Opera. Listen to how hard this is. Compare some different Christines.
Denise's renderings of How Do I Live, Foolish Games, Long, Long Time are better
than the originals, I think. See if you can resist her When You Kiss Me. She sounds like
Lida Rondstadt to my ears when she sings Long, Long Time. Tell her how good
she is. We want to see her to visit more often.
Woo's regular, Jimmy, always sings superbly and with a special passion.
Always coming up with something, new, he is a great crows pleaser. And
like others at Woo's, he is wonderfully encouraging, too. I really look forward
to hearing Woo call him up to sing. I warm you. He is a tease. You learn to love his songs
and then he abandons them for new ones. Ask him to sing 'Grenade' and Muse's Uprising.
You won't be disappointed.
Maria and JC - AKA The Sinatra Guy and John Carter.. An ex-Limey, no one is
smoother, cooler, singing Frank Sinatra than John. Impeccably timed notes with a huge,
winning smile. He entertains regularly on weekends at San Diego's Seaport Village and at
your next wedding, too. (Ha!) Seriously, listen to him on You Tube You've got to love his
"Luck Be A Lady", "Summer Wind", Come Fly with Me, The Best is Yet To Come,
especially when he sings them a mere 15 feet from you without any distorting digitization.
Don't think John eclipses Maria. I can't imagine not listening to her. She's pretty, huh, too!?
Above, pretty Maria and big John sure have nice smiles. Good music creates lots of healthy endorphins.
The Brain and Music: Music Releases Endorphins in Brain
Below, JC and Miss Woo sing a duet. Miss Woo sang professionally in Las Vegas.
| I love Becky's songs. If I were to pick just one, it would be "Don't Cha".
"Don't Cha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?
Don't Cha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?
Don't Cha? Don't Cha?
Don't Cha wish your girlfriend was raw like me?
Don't Cha wish your girlfriend was fun like me?
Don't Cha? Don't Cha?
Not many people in the entire country sing as well as Jonathon.
Multi-lingual, born in Singapore, not many whiz through college in 3 years like Jonathon did at Washington State..
And certainly not many people are as polite and so enjoyable to be around.
Maybe, he'll read this and come more often to Woo's.. He's been a finalist in a regional
Karaoke contest. You should see him dance, too.
| Johnny C
is an ex-KJ who knows the history of popular music inside-out..
memory of him is. I think, when he dressed like a huge bumble bee and sang Ricky Martin's
"She Bangs". His moves on stage probably infringe on the original, they are so good. The lyrics
are a big part of the fun:
"Well she bangs, she bangs
When she moves, she moves
I go crazy
Cause she looks like a flower but she stings
Like a bee
Like every girl in history
She bangs, she bangs"
| C'est L'amour Uncle Rick is a
trained linguist. He translated Russian for the army. "Dobriya vyecher,
He married a French girl he corresponded with for two years before they actually met. He sings many different
country songs. But it's the French songs that I think are special. La Vie En Rose. Song from Moulin Rouge.
was with The Platters in the
1970s. He is good and what a range. And add to that his
voice has so many over and under-tones, you'd think you were listening to a trio of singers, at
least. His Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is a show-stopper. Pity the person who must follow him.
Jerome was offered the part of Paul Robeson in a Broadway musical. He sings up in
Temecula on most Thursday nights. See http://www.jeromerobinsonsings.com/
lets Miss Woo pick any song she wants him to sing from a list of 100 favorites.
That's pretty brave.
| Chuy and Mimi. They keep
a sweet beat.
| Deseret and Rick. I like what Deseret is dishing up.
Everything Rick sings ends with lots of applause. Come and see why...
| May and
Alvin - Bravo!!! Alvin, you're a rock star!
| Rocky -
No one sings the ever popular Mack The Knife any better.
Ask him about the Padres. He runs a restaurant at the ball park downtown.
Origins Will Surprise You.
Read about Brecht's
heroes Charlie Chaplin
and the clown Karl Valentin in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bertolt_Brecht
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