After agonizing over the PHP 11,800 cost of a Magic Sing, which we resolved by splitting the amount into the number of users, our household has been caught by the karaoke bug. My sisters and children have been belting out the the songs of their lives day in and day out. My average sleep per day fell way below the average of the entire year this Christmas Week, while beer consumption and fat intake jumped to its highest in the past two years. You might want to call this phenomenon the Magic Mic Effect. Well, that is not yet a problem, until we get a demand letter from the neighbors or a cease and desist order from the Pollution Adjudication Board (for noise pollution). Never mind, for as we approach New Year's Eve, yodelling on the Magic Mic while torturing people's ears is much better than lighting firecrakers and losing a few fingers in the process.
So, what am I singing on New Year's Eve? Here is my Top Ten:
1. La Vida Lawyer (ehr, Loca) by Ricky Martin
One day I would set this tune to lyrics I made up for my use alone
2. Save the Last Dance for Me by Michael Buble
Hurrah for the baritones! You can dance the cha-cha on the side.
3. The Impossible Dream
This one is to remind me that singing is also an art.
4. We Didn't Start the Fire by Billy Joel
Tip: change the line "JFK blown away" to "GMA go away" and get charged with sedition.
5. Ang Huling El Bimbo by the Eraserheads
I've been trying to hard to beat Rico J. Puno and Ely Buendia, but the highest score the Magic Mic could give me is 65 on the amateur level. They should have another score for soul singing -- you score by sounding like a departed soul.
6. My Way by Paul Anka
To avoid the crowd walking out on you, sing the lyrics backwards -- as in, "Way My it did I!"
7. Copacabana by Barry Manilow
To remind me that I used to like mushy songs by mushy singers before I graduated to Gorillaz.
8. My Girl by the Temptations
For my daughter, Tressa, to keep from wanting another and save my wife the trouble of another pregnancy.
9. Each Day with You by Martin Nievera
For the wife whom I married on Valentine's day 1998. You should try it one day, and buy only one gift for Valentine's and wedding anniversaries forever.
10. What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
To remind me that there is hope in the world, bad presidents and all.
Happy New Year Everybody!