Karaoke-not so dokey on Day 6 – June 13th
at The Grapevine in Scottsdale
If you read Day 5, you know it ended with my starting to feel sick. So I spent most of the next day taking it easy. I also took plenty of some generic version of Zi-Cam (my go to medicine when I feel a cold coming on). I had symptoms like the onset of a cold, but usually when that happens, I take Zi-Cam or its equivalent, and I’m fine after a couple days. I also drank plenty of hot herbal tea. Tea for “throat coat” and with Echinacea, and for “cold care”. Also mint, I love mint tea.
When it was time to go out, I felt better, but not 100%. Suze and I decided to make a short night of it. I would need to recuperate if we were going to complete the entire run of 22 days. I was still determined, so we were off to the Grapevine!
The Grapevine has karaoke every night. That’s right, every night. And the place has been doing so for years. All the karaoke fans I know are familiar with the Grapevine. Hell, we had been there before too. It is a very eclectic place – an ornately decorated restaurant / bar. There is a patio out front, and then you pass through a narrow area, to a back room. It’s kind of cozy – or cramped, depending how full it is – back in the karaoke room.
There is a bar on one side of the room. In one corner is a little mirrored stage area, with bongo drums. Across from the “stage” is the KJ area, which looks to be a piano bar. There are stools around the piano, and the KJ sits at the keyboard (although I’m not sure it’s an actual functional piano). There are tables throughout the small room, and barely space to maneuver between.
Our KJ was James, and he’s an independent. There are binders of songs, but you can also just ask James to look up your selections. The crowd of two dozen or so singers and their supporters was diverse and friendly. Since the room is small, it felt as if you were in a large living room with some of your friends. It didn’t matter that you had never met them before, you were about to. The mic was passed around by the singers, so when it was your turn, someone from the crowd would call out your name. After a couple rounds, you got to know some names, some faces, and helped cheer on your new friends.
It’s unfortunate that I wasn’t feeling better, and my throat was still a bit raw. I love this kind of cozy atmosphere, and conversing with strangers. KJ James was a cheery man, with a great voice – claro! Suze sang two songs, and we also sang a duet together (Bette Midler’s The Rose). In addition to the duet, I only sang one song (Rita Coolidge’s We’re All Alone), and didn’t feel good about the high notes. I know. Prima dona much?
Suze said she couldn’t hear anything wrong, but my throat felt trashed after only two songs. We had arrived around 8 pm, but left shortly before 10:00. I vowed to get a good night’s sleep, drink more hot tea, and ingest more cold medication. We must forge ahead….right?