I can think of dozens, but one that sticks out in my mind right now is Alone by Heart.
(But before I continue, a sidenote: I don't know if I should call him the one that got away, because he did get away but he didn't stay away.)
The reason it reminds me of this particular person is because I once sang it to him: one night I was out with a friend on Broadway (San Francisco's Broadway, not New York's) and I ran into him and a female friend of his. I suggested he and his female companion join my friend and I for karaoke, and so they did. Fun times, right? Sure, except that he happened to say "[Female friend] is hella good at karaoke, she's gonna kick all our asses!!" Now, I'm not so pretentious as to call myself a ~singer~ when I have never done so professionally, but I have been singing since before I could talk (such is the life of a Filipino, but especially me) and took classical training for several years. So yeah, I sing.
Suddenly, despite my friendliness towards this girl (she's really cool, honest!), a competitive flame ignites inside me. Or, as the other friend I was with that night would say, I went into CHALLENGE ACCEPTED mode.
We get to the bar and enter our songs. There is only one obvious choice for me: Heart's Alone, which I then considered my showpiece. (I've moved on to other signature songs since then, although this still remains one of them.) My intent was not really to show this girl up - she didn't deserve to be upstaged - but really to show him who's the real singer in this group. We'd grown up together, but he'd never seen me perform and I was never really sure if he knew I could sing. But more importantly, I felt sort of territorial about this - why was he praising her instead of me?
Alone begins playing and I step up to the mic, Tokyo Tea in hand. I begin confidently - the low notes don't faze me, and I've sung this dozens
The other girl's song comes up (an NSYNC song, if I remember, and her voice is just okay) and I cheer for her because she's a cool person. Then we duet on "Total Eclipse of the Heart," and have fun with it. However, for the rest of the night he seems distant. I then feel like a complete douchebag - the whole night and for weeks afterward - for getting so competitive, but it was a matter of honour for me. And more than just trying to show him what I could do, I realised at the end that I meant every word of what I sang.
Plus it was kind of cool to get free drinks for being able to sing.
- Current Location:North Beach, San Francisco, CA
- Current Mood: nostalgic
- Current Music:Nights on Broadway - Bee Gees