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NerdSpork's Karaoke Corner Post 2

Hello again, and welcome to the 2nd post ever of the Nerdspork’s Karaoke corner for Theater nerds!!! Well, we had big plans for this installment. We wanted to do a Dr. Horrible's blah blah blog, in which I re-enact many of the songs from the show with various smuleans, but I've been so busy rehearsing for my theater company's next performance. Yes I have a theater company check us out. www.theworldvoiceensemble.com I don't have enough time to sit down and practice all the Dr. Horrible songs as much as I'd like. I only got one down so far but we are going to leave that blog for another time. However, I didn't want to leave this blog page karaokeless for too long so in the spirit of tantalizing you theater nerds with something...I figured I'd let you know what musical tasks I've been up to in my personal life.

Well, I'm a gym teacher by day. Though I graduated with a theater degree...go figure. The music teacher at my school knowing this has been giving me about half the classes to work with when it comes to assembly time. The spring assembly at my school is coming up. I work at a special needs school. All the students are autistic on different functioning levels. Well, it was my job at one point to go around and check in with everybody to see what kind of song, dance, performance etc. they had planned for this assembly event. One class at my school... probably one of the 2 lowest functioning classes had not yet decided what they would do. It's kind of hard for them to put on any type of performance because most of the students are in wheelchairs and can't even speak let alone sing. So I met with them to brainstorm ideas for spring songs. The teacher was like, "I wish we could do, It's Getting Hot in Here by Nelly." Everybody laughed at the inappropriateness…

I know most of you guys are theater nerds, and you might only have a vague recollection of what the real song sounds like because lets be honest many of us are too busy listening to Hamilton and Sunset Boulevard...Etc. So just to give you a loose reminder of what the actual song sounds like here is a guy named theaterthomas doing his rendition with OV8_Pam...a woman with very nice hair. Be warned explicit lyrics ahead, and various images that might cause spontaneous blindness...You have been warned.

https://www.smule.com/recording/nelly-hot-in-herre/866942470_1168093313/frame/box

So, inappropriate for kids right?….and then I said...Well...we could do it, if we changed the words. Then she was like but who would do that? Of course the music nerd in me was up for the challenge, and I wound up rewriting all the lyrics to the song, and using smule to make the track that we would use at the assembly...and now I would like to share that finish track with you. Sorry no video with this one, but while you listen to it picture teachers fanning students in wheelchairs and working together to get them out of their winter coats. Spring is here my friends...Enjoy.

https://www.smule.com/recording/nelly-hot-in-herre/805216334_1168036561/frame/box

Hmmm What else have I been up to on smule? Ah yes. I was cast to sing Mr. Mushnik's songs with a group that wanted to sing all the songs from little shop of horrors and put them on youtube or where ever. I'm familiar with the show. I had played Seymour in a college production when I was 17...The Smule group's leader kind of went MIA and we only wound up recording skid row before we disbanded, but the guy who was cast as the dentist invited me to join his group which was called...the man cave...in which men dress in tank tops or other manly apparel and sing manly songs on video together. It was..quite the spectacle. We recorded one song together and then they decided to invite women and now the place is just called the cave...but everyone loves our Super Manly rendition of eye of the tiger. This has nothing to do with theater...but you'll love it anyways...

https://www.smule.com/recording/survivor-eye-of-the-tiger-original-studio-inst/431435019_1099963073/frame/box

Oh and here is the the skid row track if you wanted to hear how that turned out. Sorry no video here...

https://www.smule.com/recording/little-shop-of-horrors-skid-row-downtown/864592011_1070261715/frame>

With spring being upon us it is time to say goodbye to what we love about the winter..specifically Christmas...and let’s do that with a little game I like to call...WHO SANG IT BETTER? Now this is a fun little competition in which two groups will compete by singing the same song. You will vote on which group gave the best performance. How do you vote? Comment below and let us know who sang it better!

https://www.smule.com/recording/carol-of-the-bells/162505661_823699527/frame/box

And now...the obviously superior video...but don't let me sway your vote...

https://www.smule.com/recording/pentatonix-carol-of-the-bells/805216334_1016666475/frame/box

Okay folks that's all for this blogs installment. But before I go I will give you a small taste of what's to come in the next one..which will be Dr. Horrible's blah blah blog...

Enjoy!

https://www.smule.com/recording/joss-whedon-brand-new-day-dr-horribles-sing-along/805216334_1120093436/frame/box

PECULIAR RAMBLINGS OF YOUR AVERAGE NERD: 17-002 MARCH MADNESS EDITION 

Hello everyone.  Hope this blog entry finds you well, and not buried in snow and ice like many of us here in the Northeast!  

The month of March is one of my favorite times of the year. The weather is (usually) getting warmer, the MLB baseball season is around the corner, and I celebrate my birthday this month.  But one of my favorite things also takes place in March - something that holds the interests of millions of Americans, even to the point that work slows down in office buildings and schools across the country.

I'm, of course, talking about the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  That yearly rite of spring where fans and students alike get swept up in the excitement of games being played all day and night. Where the word "brackets" is spoken in every other sentence, and not have anything to do with carpentry. Where friendly (and not so friendly) office pools pop up and the girl from accounting who picks the winners based on her favorite colors actually wins the damn pool! Where we get enjoyment from seeing the small school be the "Little Engine That Could" and beat the big State U. in a huge upset.

I always loved watching the tournament.  Growing up, I couldn't wait until school was over so I can race home and put on CBS to see whatever game was on that afternoon and then watch basketball all night while doing my homework.  Sometimes, if I had a teacher that was cool, he/she would actually put the TV on in class so we could watch a few minutes of it, especially if one of the local schools was playing at that time. And it was so much fun watching one game on TV while hearing updates of other games happening at the same time, being surprised with the results.  And I loved filling out those printouts of the tournament brackets from the newspaper trying to predict what would happen.  In short, it's pure madness, and it's great.

Today I don't feel the same youthful enthusiasm for the tournament. Partly because I can't devote the same time and energy to watching college basketball.  Partly because of how the NCAA and its member universities operate collegiate sports, but that's another topic for another day.  Still, I look forward to this edition of March Madness, and once again I'm going to try (and probably fail) to predict what will happen this year.

Here's my bracket, which I entered this year in ESPN's Tournament Challenge:

I have Villanova, Gonzaga, Louisville, and Kentucky in the Final Four, which takes place in Glendale, Arizona.  And I have Villanova successfully defending their title from last year by defeating Louisville in the Championship Game.  Will I be right? Maybe, maybe not.  But either way it should be fun to watch and find out.  Good luck to you as you try to make your picks and survive the Madness! 

 

Mike's March Madness Bracket

KARAOKE CORNER FOR THEATER NERDS!

WELCOME TO NERDSPORK PRESENTS KARAOKE CORNER FOR THEATER NERDS!

    EINSTEIN SAID THE HIGHEST FORM OF MATHEMATICAL THOUGHT IS MUSICAL ANDHE WOULD OFTEN IMMERSE HIMSELF IN PLAYING HIS VIOLIN WHEN STUCK IN RUMINATION OVER ONE BRILLIANT EQUATION OR ANOTHER. E = MC^2 HE CLAIMED WAS A MUSICAL THOUGHT!

   PERSONALLY I DON’T SEE THE CONNECTION, BEING AN ENGLISH/THEATERMAJOR, MATH WAS THE BANE OF MY EXISTENCE. I WILL THEREFORE LEAVE THE MATH CHALLENGES TO GEM, OUR RESIDENT MATH TEACHER. IN THIS DIMENSION OF THE NERDSPORK UNIVERSE, WE WILL ONLY BE EXPLORING THE AMAZING WORLD OF MUSICAL THEATER, THROUGH ONE OF MY FAVORITE KARAOKE APP PLATFORMS...SING! BY SMULE.

FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE UNFAMILIAR, SING! IS AN APP THAT ALLOWS YOU TO RECORD YOURSELF SINGING ALONG TO KARAOKE SONGS. IT ALSO ALLOWS YOU TO COLLABORATE WITH FELLOW KARAOKE LOVERS FOR DUETS, TRIOS, AND MORE! SMULE IS A COMPANY THAT DEVELOPS MUSIC-MAKING APPS THAT CONNECT PEOPLE: SOME OF THEIR OTHER APPS ARE AUTORAP, MAGIC PIANO, AND GUITAR!

     HERE HOWEVER, I WILL BE POSTING VIDEOS OF KARAOKE AT ITS FINEST PRESENTED TO YOU BY MYSELF, JEREL ARMSTRONG, “KARAOKECRACKHEAD” ON SING!..AND THEATER NERDS EVERYWHERE!!!  THESE ARE PEOPLE WHO LOVE AND JUST CAN’T STOP SINGING SHOW TUNES MAINLY...BUT WE MAY ON OCCASION ADD SOME EXCEPTIONALLY PERFORMED RENDITIONS OF NUMBERS IN OTHER STYLES. BY THE WAY FOLKS, DON'T BE MISLED BY THE SING! HANDLE. I JUST SAY NO TO DRUGS, KARAOKE IS MY DRUG OF CHOICE... CRACKHEAD

JUST ADDS SOME NIFTY ALLITERATION TO IT!...I LIKE ALLITERATION!!! *HYUCK HYUCK SNORT!* AND PLEASE DO NO TAKE OFFENSE AT MY USE OF CAPS. I AM NOT YELLING AT YOU...EVERY CAPITALIZED WORD IS SUNG...FIND THE MELODY IN YOUR MIND. <AHEM> AND NOW...WE WILL START IT ALL OFF WITH AN ODE TO MUSICAL THEATER LEGEND, SIR ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER, IN THESE CLIPS OF BUT A FEW OF THE SONGS FROM ONE OF HIS GREATEST WORKS...THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.

LET THE SHOW BEGIN....

IN OUR FIRST SELECTION I PRESENT TO YOU THIS STIRRING DUET, SUNG BY YOURS TRULY AND ONE OF MY FAVORITE THEATER NERDS, JESUSFREAKBRIT. TOGETHER WE CROON IN THIS LIVELY CHORUS NUMBER FROM PHANTOM....NOW IS THE TIME TO BREAK OUT A MASK IF YOU’VE GOT ONE...BECAUSE WE ARE TAKING YOU TO THE MASQUERADE!!!

         http://www.smule.com/p/49887815_1055973876

   OUR NEXT INSTALLMENT IS BEING PRESENTED TO YOU BY KARAOKE SMULER _DOLF  ,IN MY EYES A GENIUS OF LIP SYNCING IN HIS OWN RIGHT...HE HAS A BEAUTIFUL VOICE TOO. THOUGH, IT WON’T BE SHOWCASED IN THIS VIDEO. HE IS A COMPOSER, AND OFTEN SEEN PLAYING AIR PIANO IN HIS COLLABORATIONS ON SING!..ALTHOUGH MOST OF THE SINGERS WHO WILL BE PRESENTED HERE ARE NOT OFFICIAL MEMBERS OF THE NERDSPORK TEAM, I REALLY ENJOY LISTENING TO THEM, SO IF YOU ENJOY SOME OF THESE VIDEOS TOO, THEN BY ALL MEANS, FEEL FREE TO DOWNLOAD THE APP AND CHECK THEM OUT ...THEY ARE MY SING! FAVORITES AND THEY PUT UP SOME ENTERTAINING STUFF!       

               http://www.smule.com/p/104642913_1011392816

AND FOR OUR NEXT SELECTION,

IN THIS NEXT TRACK SMULE STARTS ACTING FUNKY TOWARD THE END OF THE SONG THROWING MY LIPS OUT OF SYNC WITH MY VOICE, AND TAYLORLAWTON1’S TRACK...I DIDN'T HAVE TIME THAT DAY TO SING IT OVER AGAIN, BUT THIS GUY I’M SINGING WITH, SOUNDS SO PROFESSIONAL AND HE OWNS A PHANTOM MASK LIKE EVERY TRUE THEATER NERD...SO YOU KNOW...I HAD TO POST THIS ONE.

               http://www.smule.com/p/563634114_738566167

ONCE AGAIN BRIT JOINS ME IN THIS COVER OF THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA!!! I REALLY WISH I OWNED A PHANTOM MASK...I SHOULD HAVE BROKE OUT THE TOILET PAPER...

               http://www.smule.com/p/49887815_1027959216

FOR OUR NEXT NUMBER...I HAVE SELECTED A VERY SPECIAL NERD TO PLAY THE PHANTOM. THERE MAY BE OTHER PERFORMERS WHO CAN HIT THE LOW NOTES A BIT STRONGER, BUT NOBODY PLAYS “CRAZY PHANTOM” QUITE LIKE LYD...SHE DOES A LOT OF DUETS WITH BRIT ON SMULE AND YOU WILL BE SEEING A LOT OF THEM ON THIS PAGE BECAUSE I JUST CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THEIR SHENANIGANS!!! AND NOW WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU... 

             http://www.smule.com/p/49887815_1037204217

THANK YOU FOR EXPERIENCING THIS INSTALLMENT OF JEREL’S THEATER NERD’S KARAOKE CORNER...BLOG. HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US NEXT TIME WHEN WE DELVE INTO MORE ZANY MUSICAL THEATER KARAOKE EXCERPTS. TIL THEN...SING FOR MEEEEEEEEE!

THIS WEEKS POLL:

Which nerd stole the show in this weeks Phanthom presentation?

A) _Dolf

B) KARAOKECRACKHEAD

C) _LYD_

D) TAYLORLAWTON1

E) JESUSFREAKBRIT

PECULIAR RAMBLINGS OF YOUR AVERAGE NERD: 17-001

Greetings to everyone out there in the NerdSpork Universe! My name is Mike, and I welcome you into the madness that is this blog! I hope you enjoy this "first peek", as well as my future entries. I'm looking forward to sharing my opinions and experiences with you, whether it's about movies, TV shows/cartoons, sports, a vacation, a convention, or whatever else is out there that I feel like blabbing about.

Growing up and into my teenage years, I had many interests. I loved watching cartoons (Bugs Bunny and other Warner Bros. cartoons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Animaniacs, the Simpsons, etc.). The cartoon series I saw growing up that I believe, in my opinion, is the best cartoon ever made was Batman: the Animated Series. I also played many video games. I had an Atari 7800 and also a SEGA (I would go to friends' houses to play on their Nintendo systems). I lost track of the number of hours I spent playing Shinobi and Reggie Jackson Baseball. I wasn't a huge movie buff back then, but I always enjoyed a good movie or two. My favorites were usually comedies, especially any of the Mel Brooks movies, and I loved the 007 movies.

I also played a lot of sports, especially baseball and basketball. I came from a family that believed in participation in sports (and other activities to keep us occupied and out of trouble!)

Today, I'm in a different place in many ways - I'm gainfully employed in the transportation field, I'm in a serious relationship with a beautiful, smart, funny, and compassionate woman, I've sprouted a couple of gray hairs - and while my interests have expanded because of my experiences in my relationship and with my job, not to mention because I'm getting older, I still feel like the young kid who wants to rush home to watch cartoons or play video games. So while many of my childhood interests are still there, with all of the crap and stress that most adults face on a daily basis, it's now even more important - hell, even truly necessary - to make time for them.

I'm sure you will agree with some of what I write about, and I'm sure you'll disagree at times too, but I hope that if nothing else, each blog I post will provide another viewpoint on a topic and spark discussion. If this happens, I feel like "mission accomplished".

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