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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Heartless Single Ladies

I've been meaning to do this post for so long but haven't been able to convert my VOB files from the DVD to any type of file recognized by Quicktime.
But finally I have! HandBrake ftw!

So last Saturday was The Goods at TCNJ!

The Goods is an all-day arts festival hosted by ink, the creative writing organization on campus, of which I am the secretary.

This year, we brought poet Matthew Rohrer.

I had to pick him up from the train station and was super nervous. I actually read this guy's books of poetry and now I'd be driving him to my school. I felt like saying, "I love 'Credo' and 'Childhood Stories'!" (two of his poems) but instead we just talked about Fleetwood Mac most of the time.

He was great and I recommend him to any fans of contemporary poetry.

Oh, and before Mr. Rohrer took the stage, I performed with my band José Jaime and the Best Valentine's Day Ever.

Our previous performances have included "See You Again" by Miley Cyrus, "Hot In Herre" by Nelly and "Womanizer" by Britney Spears.

So here are the videos of this semester's performances (watch with volume turned off for maximum pleasure).

First, we did a cover of one of my favorite Kanye West songs, "Heartless."
(For the dedication, just know that Jenna Mae is one of my good friends who is really mean to me.)

And then we had a little more fun with "Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)."

I learned the lyrics to the bridge that morning, so I forgot them. Oops!

And why do I say "Umm" so much?! I need to take a public speaking class!


Anonymous said...

awww ur so good!

that's J-O-S-H said...

"For the dedication, just know that Jenna Gain is one of my good friends who is really mean to me."

that cracked me up cuz I too have many good friends that treat me like meh.

Eric? said...

Awesome performance! I like the Single Ladies duet! Go Enrico!

Polt said...

So now I FINALLY get to hear what Enrickyricardo sounds like. I mean, just seeing was pleasure enough, but to put voice to face adds a whole new dimension. :)


Jere Keys said...

I thought your singing was fine. Good job. It looks like you had fun, which is the important part.

Adam said...

You guys sound great! I especially loved 'Heartless' ... very impressive! :)

Ray Avito said...

I enjoyed your band and I think the acoustic Single Ladies was very good!

Chris D. said...

Cool videos! Wow! Great job Enrico! It is awesome that you have the confidence to get up in front of a crowed and sing. You have a very beautiful voice. You should totally sing more and post more videos of it. I would love to hear more.

While you did say "umm" a few times, you also projected yourself in a confident way, both while speaking and singing (even when you forgot the words!). Some people get so nervous while speaking or singing that it is uncomfortable to listen to them. I think that you did very well. I think one can train themselves out of "umming". Knowing is the first step, and now you know. ;)

I have wanted to sing more. I have not sung in ages, since I was a kid. I need vast quantities of practice, but I want to work on that more now. You have inspired me!

I will have to look into Matthew Rohrer's poetry. Did you go canoeing with him?

hoteltuesday said...

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

Chris: You used to sing?? Post a video! I think everyone in the world should sing, even if they're not good singers. And yeah, for some reason I feel really comfortable on stage, even when I used to be really shy in general. Performing is fun.
And no, Matthew Rohrer and I didn't go canoeing, but that would have been awesome.... I just found that pic online and thought it was funny.

Anonymous said...

You were great. I loved both videos. It 's ok that you messed up single ladies. It is not a serious song you guys had fun with it.


Ryan said...

Cool performance. Don't hesitate to post any that you do in the future.

Now I have to adjust the voice that I hear in my head when I read what you write.

hoteltuesday said...

Was the experience of hearing what I sound like as startling as when Craig revealed what he sounds like on Puntabulous? lol

Ryan said...

I expected Craig's voice to be lower and your voice to be higher. I don't know why.

Right now, I'm consciously trying to adjust the voice in my head to match your actual voice, but it doesn't sound right yet.