friendly & fun...
...here's Biny the Beaver everyone!
is one of our key people for private functions and fundraisers.
the Beaver, Particpation Enthusiast
remember clearly the first time becoming a musician appealed
I was in Grade 2, and I was visiting a friend who had just started
taking accordion lessons. Cool. It wasn't long before I hit
my first musical hurdle - how to play both hands together -
the left pumping out a basic pattern and the right holding simple
notes. My Mother sat with me for (what seemed like) hours counting
and coaching while I sweated through "Over the Waves. She
had taken piano when a child, and understood that sometime you
just need to work at it. I went on to plunge headlong into music
- guitar, keyboards and composition. I started singing, and
my family cheerfully bore the brunt of yet another learning
curve inflicted on the household. They thoughtfully provided
blunt constructive kitchen criticism. It helped me improve.
first became committed to the central tenant of my musical philosophy,
"music is not a spectator sport!" when I was running
my first church choir. People wouldn't join because they "couldn't
sing." My comeback became a mantra - "You show up.
Getting you to sing is my problem. I think everyone should
sing, and sing often. Singing somehow connects us to ourselves,
each other and our collective journey. Ultimately, it isn't
about how you sing, it's about how you live - and singing makes
you feel more alive. Last and least, of course, singing is how
you get to be a better singer.
remember how I found Karaoke. My first wife and I had split
- and pretending neon signs were interesting while I looked
awkward in a single's bar was just wrong. Hanging out at Karaoke
was the cure. I had something to do - I could read the song
book. Cheer people on. Show off sometimes, and laugh at myself
when I bombed. It was fun, and friendships formed almost automatically.
loved to sing, and it became a favorite outing, and a source
of fond memories. My oldest, Beth, bringing down the house at
eleven years old nailing Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go
On." Beth and Rachael winning a duet contest singing "Goodbye
My daughter Brenda, who has cerebral palsy and faces many daily
challenges, singing her favorite Shania Twain tunes at a kids
afternoon hosted at Obrien's, grinning with delight and oblivious
to all else.
our first date, Wendy wanted to hear me sing, so I sang my heart
out and we danced the late night away. Somehow,
through a long line of Karaoke outings, we
got married. Go figure.
Dog and Pony was like Jim Belushi hearing James Brown in the
Blues Brothers. They weren't my first Karaoke venue - far from
it. By February 2002 I had 'done' Karaoke worldwide on business
trips, not to mention taking in plenty of local shows. I had
observed a wide range of quality and fun factor in Karaoke -
so I decided to search out the best. Google turned up a review
that gave them top marks, so I headed out to Obrien's to check
them out, and have never looked back. I've admired their professionalism
and wit, fun loving charm and enjoyed their genuine ability
to make an honest connection. Years ago I wrote this testimonial:
put, the most fun, professional, put together Karaoke service
I have ever encountered. Great sound. Professional handling
of the rotation. Great selection. Warm relations with the patrons.
Willing to go the extra mile. Best kit packaging of their 'book'
for the singers. Great online support in their web page. 10.0
from six judges, and no media second guessing."
even better now! Being asked to be a Dog and Pony host is a
wonderful compliment, and a challenging responsibility. It means
I need to be as good at serving up a good time as they are.
Man, do I have my work cut out for me!