Archive for May 17th, 2015

Killing “My Way”

Sunday, May 17th, 2015


Karaoke is big in the Philippines. In America, it’s often performed by a staggering drunk trying to sing to the machine with a mike in one hand, a bottle in another, and intoxicated with mad delusions of talent.  You’d better not try that in the Philippines which takes its karaoke seriously – sometimes, deadly seriously.

Karaoke machines are all over the nation in streets, grocery stores, and sometimes, even standing alone on country roads.  Unfortunately, all of this singing is not universally appreciated by everyone in the country – not even by other karaoke singers.  Arguments, brawls, stabbings, fights, and even an occasional murder are common.

The reasons? People criticizing others’ singing, alcohol, crowding, and machismo all contribute to the chaos.  But the unquestioned leading cause of the killings is Frank Sinatra’s classic hit, “My Way” – and no one seems to know the reason why.  Many karaoke bars have eliminated the song from their play books and most singers won’t even try to warble it.

Imagine, old Blue Eyes can still start a barroom brawl years after his death.

Deaths-by-karaoke are not limited to the Philippines. In the last two years,  a Malaysian man was fatally stabbed for hogging the microphone at a bar and a man from Thailand murdered eight people after the group sang John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

Now, I can understand the Thai man – but the rest seem mighty strange.

(BTW: Orange was Frank Sinatra’s favorite color.)

Karaoke songs:

‘Light My Fire’ (1966) The Doors

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

Come On Baby Light Your Fire!

Sunday, May 17th, 2015


Want to add a little heat to your next party, birthday, or bar mitzvah?  How about adding a fire performer?  That’s right, for just a few bucks you can add a flaming person who  dances,  juggles, or strips while burning. THIS IS NOT A JOKE! And, one hopes, these unusually talented people do it in such a way that firefighters don’t become uninvited guests.

Fire performers for hire: