Hey Mr DJ: Sing-A-Long Edition

There I was: reading an online article about the Oklahoma tornado just a couple of hours after the tornado passed through earlier this week. It described how two elementary schools had been hit and I thought, “Oh, no. Not that. That is depressing.”

Then I stupidly scrolled down to the comments section.

Christians who called for prayer were chided by atheists for supporting a god who kills kids. Pro-gun conservatives behaved like shits and asked aloud why we don’t simply create Tornado Free Zones around schools. Left-wing dickheads bitched about the sequester impacting the National Weather Service.

I’ve lived on one side or the other of the Kansas/Missouri state line for over 30 years. Tornadoes are a fact of life here. They come down, damage things, and move on. Believe it or not, but this has happened and will continue to happen for a million years regardless of the sequester or Eric Holder or anything else we do or don’t fund. Grown-ups used to understand this. Instead, disgusting people in the media followed suit and started posting similar stories within 24 hours. Elementary school kids killed by one of nature’s most powerful and unpredictable agents are used as political props before they’re even found. In my life, I have never seen anything like this.

It’s very, very bad and one of those many things I sometimes point to (usually after the third beer) for proof that American society is so sick and twisted that we would do the human race a favor if we got the 2nd Civil War started and went full nuclear already.

It appears that we’ve reached the point that nobody really gives a damn about what happens to other people unless it somehow benefits their preferred corrupt political party or rigid ideology. Partisan assholes just plant their flags into the chests of the nearest corpses and make their stands. Suffering is something that little people do and when they do, they are turned into props.

We, the People, of course have also gotten a federal government that is fitting for a divisive, uninformed people. Elected and appointed officials have no clue when it comes to performing their duties, much less even a basic concept of the meaning of public service. Not only do these scandals make us look bad, but half the country is willing to tolerate lies, abuses, and political vengeance under color-of-law because doing otherwise would make their own side look bad. It’s amazing what nonsense people will tolerate from their allies simply because their “enemies” are so, so intolerable. The Israeli-Palestinian thing will get fixed before Fox News and MSNBC viewers can just learn to shut up and settle on watching a rerun of “Frasier” on UPN together.

What I am suffering from is a serious case of politics poisoning. There is only one cure: Harmony.

Share songs that people like to sing. Karaoke favorites, arena music, great ballads to sing along with on the car radio, etc. Videos with lyrics are helpful but not required.

Bipartisan Bonus: One dedication for each commenter on the tread with a selection you know each one likes.

That’s all I want. Superficial agreement from everyone, coming out in one voice for a change. Just for one weekend.

Mississippi Yankee: You know when it would totally pay off to be a humorless shit? Poker.

Santino: I happen to believe that one should give for what he takes.

Biggie G: TOuCHIN’ MEEEEE; TOUCHIN’ YOOOOOOOOU!

West Virginia Rebel: When you die, don’t be found naked.

stogy: Get your parachute pants.

pfluffy: Baby, you better watch out. Because you are heading right for a zone that is dangerous.

Iconoclast: Just when things went bad doesn’t mean they were always wrong. Except maybe for that line.

InsipiD: No Romance.

bgeek: Somewhere in between my love and agony

Enjoy the three day weekend, America. Try not to hurt anyone.

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  1. HARLEY

    I do not have any music to ass, but i do have to say i agree with you thrill…. so much negativity out there , it seems that every other commenter has their knives out and ready to plunge into someone of the opposing sides, back………..

    Thanks Thrill for your efforts to bring harmony with music, its much appreciated.

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  2. stogy

    A simple dedication to all the folks at Right Thinking. One of my favorite songs ever – never tried to find it at Karaoke (with my voice, I wouldn’t do it justice). Have a great weekend.

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  3. Mississippi Yankee

    This may be too old for most of y’all but I’ve sung along with this song since I first heard in in 1964.

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  4. stogy

    I was only going to post one this week, but I can’t resist putting up a few karaoke belter faves. No dedications, just sharing…

    Steppenwolf – Born to be Wild: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIfvwwPSHCI

    Nina Simone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYSbUOoq4Vg

    Bowie’s Space Oddity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaOC9danxNo

    Jefferson Airplane: White Rabbit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWWsfrfq69A

    And the ultimate feel good karaoke song:

    Men at Work, Land Down Under:

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  5. stogy

    MY, Sukiyaki is one of the best songs ever! Can’t believe I didn’t think of it! The original Kyu Sakamoto version is so much better. I hate all the overproduction on the cover version.The Japanese version has nothing to do with Sukiyaki either btw, I think it was about the only Japanese word most Americans knew when it came out. (it actually means something like, “I’ll walk looking up”, or less literally, “I’ll keep my head up high”).

    Here are a couple more Japanese belters to keep everyone singing along:

    SMAP (They can’t sing, dance or act, but I’m pretty sure they are still the world’s number one band after 20 years):
    夜空ノムコウ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFhMpuoavDE
    世界に一つだけの花 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdkJ96vmQ7c

    Some Hikaru Utada:

    It’s Automatic http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_QVB4Qdh6o

    And AKB48 (not work safe, watch in HD if you can):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkHlnWFnA0c

    And a little Okinawan music (all the best singers in Japan come from Okinawa). This is about my favourite Japanese song ever – and has a nice translation and lyrics) to finish up

    Nada Sou Sou: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=np1vjc35wDY

    And of course, Furusato (the song that makes all self-respecting Japanese people tear up):

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  6. Thrill *

    I see I’m not the only one who needed some antidote. I’ve added all to the playlist (Santino, you have a couple of broken links. Let me know what your selections were so I can fix it for you) but will have to listen tonight when I get back.

    Now for the anti-RTFLC theme (but right on point):

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  7. Thrill *

    Last one before I head out. If you want to see something fun and downright endearing, crank this up in a room of drunken American soldiers, sailors, airmen, or Marines:

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  8. Santino

    Santino, you have a couple of broken links. Let me know what your selections were so I can fix it for you

    In order of appearance…

    Patience – G’N’R
    Don’t Follow – AIC
    Closer to the Heart – Rush
    Light My Fire – Doors
    Free Bird – Skynyrd
    Born in the USA – Springsteen
    Down WIth the Sickness – Richard Cheese
    New York, New York – Sinatra
    American Pie – Don McLean

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  9. Thrill *

    Just for you Thrill

    If I could only pick one song for the post to best exemplify the spirit of this thread, it would have been that song. I can barely think of one more universally loved than Don’t Stop Believing.

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  10. Hal_10000

    Agreed with you on the sentiment of the post: the amazing thing about the coverage is how matter-of-fact and down-to-Earth the residents of Moore are about this whole thing.

    No song to add this week, but enjoying the ones above.

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  11. Mississippi Yankee

    If I could only pick one song for the post to best exemplify the spirit of this thread, it would have been that song.

    See…just when you thought I was a Redneck Punk ;-0

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  12. Thrill *

    And now for a song about people who utterly disagree with you and spit in your eye….but you love them anyway.

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  13. Iconoclast

    For Iconoclast – Geddy up!

    Sorry for being so late to this party — just wanted to note that Santino simply nailed this. If I had contributed to this thread, that would have been my choice.

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