Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Never Go In Against A Sicilian...

...when donations to KTKC are on the line!

Blame Glenn B. for this. He's the reason you're about to witness me butchering two classics. In the comments to this post, he challenges me thusly:
The specific challenge is this, get your arse in gear quickly, in your kilt of choice, and make a video of yourself singing either Oh Danny Boy or The Star Spangled Banner (the whole song for either one and neither one an easy song to sing) and post the video on You Tube by this Saturday or sooner.

I am pretty sure you have the chutzpah to do it. I don't know if you have the voice I actually want to hear singing either;) BUT I will listen all the way through and donate more once I hear and see you do it! So, for what I figure to be about 15-30 minutes of work, and about 2 minutes of singing, you can get your cause posted on YouTube and have a worldwide audience that may bring in more donations.

Caution: Severe ear damage may result from the viewing of the following video. Abandon all hope, oh ye who watch the following...



Yes, it's technically two videos pulled together. While I might have been able to sing the Star Spangled Banner without lyrics, there was no way I could have made it through "Danny Boy" without help. Please note: I have never claimed to be a singer; I have never wanted to be a singer; I have never harbored any illusions that I could carry a tune in a bag...

If you're impressed at my complete and total lack of anything resembling shame courage in posting such a horrendous video, or you want to make sure I never sing again, feel free to donate to Prostate Cancer Foundation or Livestrong on my behalf...

That is all.

12 comments:

PISSED said...

Please STOP.. I just added 50.00.

ZerCool said...

I hadn't actually known the origins of ""To Anacreon in Heaven", but it seems... apropros.

"'To Anacreon in Heaven', was the official song of the Anacreontic Society, an 18th-century gentlemen's club of amateur musicians[.]"

Congratulations. You've been approved for membership!

I give in. That level of misery was worth ten bucks. Now, like PISSED said ... STOP. The dogs are yowling, the cats are hiding, the milk's gone sour, and the good wine's gone to vinegar.

Dave H said...

No Boston? Yeah, probably not a good idea after all, not with copyright lawyers running around loose in the land.

But a deal's a deal. I just kicked in the promised amount plus a little extra to help make sure you never do that again.

GunnieKev said...

Donation made. You may stop now.
.....
Actually, great job & great dedication to the cause. My compliments to you sir.

Glenn B said...

There will be another $100 apiece from me for each of the charities, either late tonight or tomorrow sometime, as promised. I cannot do it now, I am on a public network.

As for the video, I am going to link to that on my blog and maybe even send out an email to some folks I know to see if I can stir up some more donations. Who knows, it may get you a few more bucks.

As for the performance, down the nay sayers. It was worthy of applause as far as I am concerned. I think while you may have had a hard time with Danny Boy (a truly tough one to sing especially without music), the truth be told, you could outdo many a professional singer opening for a sports game with your version of the Star Spangled Banner.

As for your fund raising efforts ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!

All the best,
Glenn B

Joe Texan said...

OK, I've already donated somewhat to the Prostate Cancer Foundation for your contest, but on Friday when I get paid, I'm gonna have to do some more. I didn't listen to the video (didn't want to scare the neighborhood animals and children), but your post made me laugh so much it deserves an extra donation.

MandaFern said...

How about Journey's Don't Stop Believing so people don't stop donating to the cause? Just a thought.

zdogk9 said...

I just added another $30 so I never have to listen.

Fred said...

I started playing it in the barracks... my Sergeant told me I didn't have to turn it down, and I said "Yes. Yes I do."

Glenn B said...

I just donated what I promised for the songs. That is it for me, I am all in and going to be kicking myself in the arse when the credit card bills arrive but it went to an excellent cause. Then, it tax deductible.

All the best,
Glenn B

Brad_in_MA said...

Jay,

Get the pink kilt, a ukelele and sing "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" just like Tiny Tim used to do.

That ought to bring in the donations post haste.

Daniel in Brookline said...

Jay,

You done as you done promised. I'm in for another hundred.

For the record -- your singing is just fine. (Your knowledge of the melody of "Danny Boy" could use some work. On the other hand, the beret was a nice touch.) I was waiting to see if you'd cover the full octave-and-a-half range for SSB; you did, quite nicely. I know some choruses that would be happy to audition you.

Now, just because vested interests go both ways -- if I get the prize of my choice (you know which one I mean), I'll help you with your next music video. Together we'll make it kick some serious musical butt. (I'll even harmonize with you if you want.)

cheers,
Daniel in Brookline
District Quartet Champion, Barbershop Harmony Society, 2002 (bass)