Kings of Karaoke

kings of karaoke
Photo-A-Day #1828

A busy day today. Zumba and ChildWatch for Allison and Eva while a haircut was on my plate. Then as a family we drove up to Lexington to the National Heritage Museum to see Ellis Paul give a talk titled THE REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE. We got there early and so we walked around the museum and saw many of the interesting exhibits including an installation of Jim Henson items. They had Gobo Fraggle, Kermit the Frog and Manha Mana on display. The that installation was a very good one and seeing Henson’s history before Sesame Street, The Muppets and the Fraggles. Henson started with some advertising campaigns and you can see the beginning of his characters in those designs. Eva liked the Fraggles.

There were signs around the National Heritage Museum that stated no cameras or video equipment so I left my camera in the car. Of course there were people with cameras in the audience and it didn’t seem to be a problem. I’m sure now that this meant no photos of the exhibits. Ellis was joined by Scott Alarik, who has been the principal folk music writer for the Boston Globe since 1986. I didn’t see all of the discussion because I had to take Eva out for a bit. She was good but it is hard for a 2 year old to stay quiet, especially a precocious little one like Eva. She did enjoy the music very much though. Ellis played a few songs and Eva danced around to them. She does love her dancing. Eva was also pretending to play guitar, moving her fingers and everything. After the talk we bought Ellis’ new Album The Day After Everything Changed. We also asked him to sign it. I think pretty much Every Ellis Paul CD we have is signed now.

Today’s photo was from Karaoke Night over at the Royal Panda. Our friends Derek and Michelle were home from South Dakota. Each time they come back home for a visit we go to The Royal Panda for Karaoke. We usually get there early, have the buffet and then camp out with a large contingent of singers and fans. Our Friends Neil and Andrea also came. Neil and Derek sing a few duets as well as single songs and they are decent singers. I brought the external Flash to make sure I could light up the guys while they were singing.

While we were there Allison and I got a Scorpion Bowl. I took a picture of it and posted it to Facebook along with where we were. One of our friends from High School said, he would be right over. I laughed it off thinking that he was just kidding but later he and another friend from High School came strolling in a half hour later. It was great to see him again. It was great to see everyone again. It was fun night with good friends, tasty food and entertaining singing.