Bruce (kor27) wrote,

Procrastination and Payoff

I didn't sleep much Friday night, because I bit of way more than I could chew. I was trying to prep for Danny's triple birthday party the following night, and wanted to (1) get a bunch of new karaoke tracks, and (2) expand my dance music selection to match his.

I'm not really sure where (1) came from. I already had a damn good karaoke selection. But choosing, downloading, and assimilating that took until 8:00am or so on Saturday. Then I slept for 4 hours, and started in on the dance music question.

Danny had given me 4 music CDs, burned from their music library. In other words, the hardest to identify form of music available, and the one people always give me. I toyed with the idea of using Shazam or equivalent (like Tunatic), but I didn't have a really good setup for that, so instead I spent two hours playing tracks and identifying lyrics.

Good thing I knew most of the songs. Still, it took me an average of a minute and a half to identify each track.

Then I spent another two hours shopping on Rhapsody, showered while the subset I could (sorta) afford downloaded, spent an extra hour assimilating the songs (mostly identifying BPM), and then packed up and rushed off to the Blue Pheasant, an hour later than I wanted to get there.

So setup at the party was a bit of a rush, and I still wasn't ready until half an hour after the party was supposed to start.

Partly because one of my new, improved, video cables failed utterly, and I had to run another one. But mostly because I got there effin' late.

Good thing most of the party-goers were on QST.

In the end, the party went very well - and both of my new sets of tracks were used. I even managed to get a bit of a crowd on the dance floor a couple of times. Danny and his boyfriend Steven both told me that several people had talked about hiring me for other parties, which is something I rather like to hear.

A stop off at Denny's for a salad (not my usual one (Denny's, that is)), and then home to sleep. The funny thing is that I ran into Toqer from 7 Bamboo - who recognized me. Which seemed... odd. He's seen me once, where I guess tankgirl identified me as a KJ. I didn't recognize him, in part because he's gone completely clean shaven, apparently in response to some comment of Angela's...

He enlisted me in a crusade against KJs that pirate music - he wants to speak to the SJ city council on the subject. I really don't know what to say to that. The pirating thing does make it harder for those of us that actually buy our music. They have fewer expenses than us honest folk, and can build larger libraries faster.

But I have my doubts about whether or not a city council would be interested in joining the fight on copyright infringement. I also have this niggling thought in the back of my head that the cure might just be a hell of a lot worse than the disease.

Besides, I've seen the man on various karaoke-related sites for years. He has serious anger-management issues. Right at the moment, he's going after Yelp for getting bad reviews. In the past, he's been known for smashing any burned CDs that customers brought in. Which is, in itself, illegal - while the burned CDs aren't, necessarily.

Speaking of Angela, I ended up getting up a little earlier than I would have otherwise on Sunday, because she mentioned she'd like to hang out. And apart from a tiny bit the previous week, we hadn't really done that. So I devoted Sunday to correcting that lacuna.

In fact, she came with me to the bar, making the Sunday show that much more enjoyable.

We were actually pretty busy Sunday, though we didn't make a huge amount of money. For one thing, jasonmagick's class was doing a project on karaoke, and he brought several classmates, who spent their time absorbing the atmosphere (and buying water).

Good thing most of it washes out.

We had 26 singers over the length of the night, in 6 rotations. Not shabby for a Sunday at all. Standouts were Miki, Rebecca, megnc86, nightvzn (and his mom!), moahb, Rick, and the James/Kellen/Mandi/Hex conglomerate, which stayed for one song then took off.

We also had one song by trivialt, who was joined by Jason, and seemed to enjoy it.

The following visit to April just involved Angela, synkitty, and myself, because timenchanter was doing his nightly chore of rescuing chargerboy.

That was an experience for Angela. We mostly sat while Synthia talked. Angela - who was keeping track - said she only cycled through the same stuff three times while we were there.

Then I dropped Angela off at home, and did the sleep thing.

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