Friday, September 3, 2010

Sing along with Phylly

I love to sing! How about joining me at some of my 
favourite singing spots on the web?
All hail the inventor of the Karaoke machine! Unfortunately, Mr. Daisuke Inoue apparently didn't earn a dime off his invention as he didn't think it warranted a patent! Mr. Inoue, if I had your address I should probably send you a little royalty check for all the joy you've given me since I took up this interest!
The first time I tried to sing all alone in front of a crowd at the local Legion Hall, I failed miserably! I couldn't even find the opening note to start singing! It was the song, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" (the version sung by Neil Diamond). What I didn't realize at the time, was that I was used to singing the version by The Hollies, which is in a higher key.  I have since decided that I will never attempt a Neil Diamond song (in public) again. Well, things could only go up after that humiliation, so my next  try "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" went much easier.  Some songs are quite easy to sing, others near impossible! Do yourself a favour and never, I repeat..NEVER attempt "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Diana Ross, unless you totally go nuts with it, it is unsingable!

Youtube has some great Karaoke videos. Basically you can type in any song and add the word Karaoke after it and you will probably get one. If you can't think of any to start with, here is a channel by someone who calls himself finekaraoke.

I have had lots of fun on this site below.
The songs are only midis but if you sing loud enough you can't tell.

More midis here:

Old English Folk Tunes:
Taylor's Traditional Tunebook

This page is is from

where you will also find Irish, Scottish, and Welsh songs.

Why not compose your own tunes? is a link to Richard Armitage singing a little ditty
(as Robert Lovelace in the BBC Radio 4 production of Clarissa)

Here's your chance to singalong with Richard!
      picture by Liza Franks from the book: My Celebrity Boyfriend.
(Please forgive the alterations. They are all in the spirit of fun and fantasy!)

Not the most flattering picture I'll agree, so please forgive me -- since this is living proof that Mr. Armitage likes to karaoke, I just couldn't help myself! Feel free to imagine yourself in this picture. By the way, from the looks of those lyrics behind him I think they might be singing "I'll Be". What do you think? 
While you are thinking, sing along to the song. It is somewhat appropriate (if you don't take it too seriously!).

“Always keep a song in your heart - it's like karaoke for the voices in your head”


tyme_4_t said...

“Even if you can't sing well, sing. Sing to yourself. Sing in the privacy of your home.

But sing.” - Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Great post as always! I love the pic of RA doing karaoke! It's cool to see him in "real life" rockin' out! Although I picture him serenading me with a love song...ooppss slipped into alternate universe!

phylly3 said...

@tyme4t-- absolutely! Great quote. I almost put a video of that song "Sing...sing a song. Sing out loud, sing out strong! Let the world sing along. Don't worry that it's not good enough, for anyone else to hear. Just sing, sing a song!" etc. Call it hokey or whatever, but I love it, and believe it!

Nat at RA FanBlog said...

RA + karaoke = dorktastic! :)

I can't carry a tune for the life of me... so I've never dared sing in public, but I love to sing in the shower. :)

TeeTotallyNot said...

shower singer myself.. and that's where the tunes stay. Have worked in places that pack out every Friday for Karaoke, and had to listen to people butcheríng favourite songs.. 'empty orchestra' is not for me :D
still, I'd make an exception for Mr. A, he seemingly can carry a tune...and if he's not into singing in public anymore - I'll offer my shower :D

phylly3 said...

Nothing wrong with singing in the shower. Super accoustics in there!
I am a believer that anyone can learn to carry a tune. My husband taught himself to sing with a DVD! He didn't used to be able to hit the right notes but now he sounds just fine!