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2003

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approved!
If you are planning to travel, check out these DOG & PONY approved
Karaoke Shows Around the World!

These are shows run by our colleagues. We trust they will show you a great time!
 


and
DOG
& PONY SOUND

PRESENT:
The DOG
& PONY SOUND
Seasonal Revue & Talent Showcase

Every Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall

50 of our singers perform for the public on the Barrymore's stage!

The Winter Showcase was a huge success! An audience of over 200 were thrilled with the production, and our singers got to experience a thrill of performing for an enthusiastic crowd on a big stage with professional light and sound technicians giving them the full star treatment.

[see: Winter 2003 Showcase]



DOG & PONY
Sound at Swizzles
246 Queen St.

Tuesdays & Fridays 9pm-1am

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DOG & PONYSound at O'Briens
1145 Heron Rd.
Fridays & Saturdays 9-1

2 Great Nights Back-to-Back!

No Karaoke Saturday Feb. 22nd
Pre-empted for special event


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k St.

DOG & PONYSound at V.I.P.
313 Bank St.

Wednesdays 9pm-1am

winner of the February draw
for a dvd player was Roxy!

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 41 York St.

 

PARTY AT THE LOOKOUT!!!

THE LAST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH!

Next Party: March 30th

 



DOG & PONY Staff News:

With a Rebel Yell, we cried Neal! Neal! Neal!

You can catch Neal co-hosting
the weekly Saturday O'Brien's show with The Dog!


New DOG & PONYsound
Website Features:


We've Expanded Our Online Community Support
with a BRAND NEW Message Board!

Community
[New]   Message Board

Live Chat Room
Pals Photo Albums
Pals Birthday Files
Gift Shop


We have long honored our loyal singers with
special thanks for their
support.

We've added "Pony Paw" Pals to the Pals page. To thank our regular patrons who do not sing, but come out 2 or more venues regularly to play and dance, add to all the fun, and support the singers!

Puppy Paw Pals have sung at 2 or more venues

Pony Paw Pals support our singers by coming out to 2 or more venues to enjoy the show.



DOG & PONY Pal Benefits
What Are The Benefits to Being A
DOG & PONY Pal?

Besides the friendships & camaraderie our Pals share?

There are over 200 DOG & PONY Pals currently

DOG & PONY New Songs:

Remember We have 2 Great Libraries:

Library #42 is in use at:
O'Briens Eatery & Pub, Babylon Nightclub,                                               Swizzles, & Barrymores
Library #9¾ is in use at: Village Inn Pub,
The LookOut, Swizzles

  • We are working to continue to build both libraries.
    They have recently been updated!
    view libraries online

We're always getting new songs!

In fact, we added new songs to the library on January 15th, 19th and 22nd and February 3rd and 10th! Be sure to check the BACK of the songbooks each week!

You can also check the new releases online to see if we've acquired your favorite tunes! If y


Singing Tips: Singing & Colds

To minimize the effect a cold has on the voice you’ve got to act quickly. Keep in mind that congestion, mucus, is what your body produces to flush out toxins. Over-the-counter medications (anti-histamines) dry up congestion but prohibit the necessary house cleaning. They also dry mucous membranes, like your vocal folds, which will cause you to lose your voice. So, reach for the decongestants as an absolute last resort.

If you have time, instead of squashing the symptoms, help speed up the cleanse. Flood yourself with water and real juices to thin the congestion, lubricate your folds and flush your body. The juice should be freshly squeezed in order to get the most benefit. The best types during a cold are Orange (vitamin C), Celery (retains fluids), Cucumber & Cranberry (cleans acid deposits) and Carrot (vitamin A). If you’re not into juices, take supplements. The water-based vitamins like C and B complex are the first to be depleted when you’re fighting a cold.

An important benefit of hydrating is that it may keep a cold from reaching your lungs. Throat clearing and coughing, which normally accompanies a cold, is very irritating to the vocal folds. The delicate membranes in and around the larynx become swollen and rigid, which is why your voice gets so deep and restricted. Inhaling steam will help loosen congestion in the lungs as well as soothe the vocal folds. Be careful when inhaling steam, you can burn your lips and nasal passages. Gargling with warm salt water will also help draw phlegm away from your larynx. (If the salt is collecting at the bottom of the glass, you’ve put in too much.) This is a good routine to get into daily, to clean and increase circulation of the mouth and throat. Teas, honey, or any other coating therapy may soothe soar muscles but will not heal the vocal folds.

Before singing, take a long hot shower and do some light stretching and exercising to get your blood circulating. To reduce the swelling and get singing again, you’ve got to vocalize (warm up). Low volume, barely audible, humming is a great way to start. Let your larynx choose the pitches. It’s better to stay with one single note (whichever is most comfortable) than to push or force the range. Allow plenty of time for your voice to loosen. Rushing the warm-up when you have a cold will greatly reduce the longevity of your voice and make conditions worse the next day.


Karaoke Fun! Singing TipsMicrophone Tips: Mic Technique 101
"What's the buzz, tell me what's a happenin"

We invest a lot of money in high end equipment
to help you sound your very best.
Our microphones are no exception!

Our mics are EXTREMELY sensitive unidirectional instruments. They do not pick up surrounding sounds. They only pick up the direct stream of sound from your lips to the sensitive element inside the head.

Before singing, speak into the mic to test if it's on. We'll activate the mic and adjust the levels for you.

Please don't tap, bang or blow into the mic. That could damage the sensitive element and they can cost a lot of money to replace.

It is important to hold the mic in front of your mouth at about a 90° angle a couple of inches and slightly to the side of from your mouth for best sound quality. Do not cup the head of the mic. This creates muffled distortion and often, severe feedback.

DO NOT put your lips on the mic! It will make you sound YUCKY, MUSHY, BLURRY, MUFFLED, AND your voice will become an amplified mess of BUZZ sounds! ack!

We want you to sound your best! Hold the mic an inch or two from your mouth and we will give you all the volume you need to sound your best. If you hold the mic to your lips, we are forced to turn the mic down because of the awful buzzing noises this creates.

Serving yer singin' fixes !

DOG & PONYSound show listings for March 2003:

  No dogs or ponies have ever been harmed during our shows!
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