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Susan Sings

I started watching American Idol about 6 years ago when I started working at Fox Boston.  I didn’t want to like it but I ended up loving it!

The show suits me.  I’m an amazing singer in the shower and car!  I was in middle school choir and I did community musicals as an adult.  I’ve secretly harbored this deep desire to sing the National Anthem in front of a gigantic crowd.  (Let it be known that the National Anthem is my favorite song and one of the most difficult songs to sing!)  I almost got the chance when I was working as a TV news anchor in Utica.

Hubby was friends with the owner of the now-defunct Mohawk Valley Prowlers, a UHL team.  I was set to sing on “Boy Scout” night which apparently was a big crowd.  I practiced.  I met with a music director (I should really find him and get an honest assessment of what he thought of my abilities).  And fortunately for all involved, I never did take the stage.  (The team closed down shop before my big night!)

I eventually left Utica to work in Boston and started watching American Idol.  I remember watching in horror when I realized all those people who thought they could sing were awful.  And right then and there I decided – I could have been one of those folks.  I actually believed my car/shower singing prowess translated into superstar material.  That’s when I swore off karaoke (though it was never really my thing) and reduced my public singing to the occasional “Happy Birthday” tune.  Even when the video game “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band” became popular with my niece and nephew – I always relegated myself to an instrument.

For Christmas this year my niece, Elyssa, got “Band Hero.”  She was super excited and really, really wanted me to play.  (And I love her dearly!)  Since my other nieces, Sarah and Grace, had already taken the drum and guitar, I was left with the microphone.

Apparently I was so loud, so horrendous, my nephew, LJ, came down to the basement with my camera to document the assault I was conducting on their auricular nerves.

(Friends, watch with cautions, it’s bad!)

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21 Responses to “Susan Sings”

  1. Jules says:

    The national anthem is your favorite song?

  2. joe says:

    Wow. It’s kind of hard to be supportive about your singing. You showed great energy?

  3. Christina says:

    Wow!! When it comes to singing you certainly are not living on a prayer. As my mom says, Chris- when it comes to singing you are a great dancer.

  4. Becky says:

    1) If Mr. Doolittle is dead, he’s rolling in his grave right now. If he’s alive he’s hearing a distinct ringing in his ears.

    2) Why does Joe have a picture when he posts a comment and you/I don’t?

  5. suetran says:

    ha!! now that you mentioned mr. doolittle i remember trying out for a solo while in chorus and after the other girl sang he said something like there’s an obvious winner here. and i remember thinking … no way… i sounded great in my head!
    re: photo… i have no idea. i want a pix too!

  6. Katie says:

    That was self-deprecation if I’ve ever seen it. :)

  7. Angelica says:

    come on! that’s not the beautiful voice Jenn Platt always talks about. Self depricating? Yes. Authentic? No. We want to hear Susan really sing! But.. you’re still so friggin cute… even when my ears bleed.

  8. Sharon says:

    Susan, it’s okay – I too lack the decent vocal gene. There’s a support group we can attend: meeting at the bar. See you there.

  9. Szarowicz says:

    You’re a better car racer than singer Tranny. That’s not good.

  10. Laurel says:

    Wow, great energy, I agree! I don’t think rock band does you justice- really we need to take it to the uptown streets and put out your hat. I want to be there for that!

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