Wicked Game by Colin

Colin Stasiuk (Blog | @ColinStasiuk) kicking out the baby-making music with a little Wicked Game at PASS Summit 2012.

Originally posted 2013-02-21 10:00:54. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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My First SQLKaraoke Experience

Once upon a time (12 or so years ago), I thought karaoke was geeky. Who would want to stand in front of a bunch of people and sing? I could understand if it was a choir event, or you are starring in a musical, but really? At a bar???

Then, my two best friends, brought me to karaoke for my bachelorette party. It was pretty fun, but then again, what isn’t in that situation? Fast forward a bit, and singing in front of strangers became one of the main things those two friends and I did when we got together. Karaoke is a lot of fun. Even more so when you have some really BAD people that think they’re really good! Also, alcohol coming into play can really enhance the experience!!

The fun of karaoke cannot possibly be understood until you have experienced SQLKaraoke!!! Last year, I went to my first SQLSat in Chicago. I had NO idea how much fun it would be, or that I would meet so many AWESOME people!!

SQLKaraoke is not just about standing up, singing karaoke… it’s hard to put into words just what kind of experience it is… you might get @Markvsql singing a Star Wars version of Copa Cabana, or @StrateSQL and @Grrl_geek singing, “By the Dashboard Lights.” You might even be lucky enough to hear various people changing lyrics of songs to make them into SQL songs… There seems to be an element of making fun of yourself that seems to be closely tied into the night, which adds another element of fun.

In short, all those years ago, when I thought Karaoke was for Geeks, I was so right! I was right in the most fun way possible!!! If you are at a SQL event, and don’t go to SQLKaraoke, you are missing out on the best part!

Just for fun – here’s a video of our whole group doing “We Go Together.” This was at the end of the night – not that they would have let us go on after this performance!! HAHAHA!!

Originally posted 2011-06-11 15:47:55. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Picture – Colin

Colin Stasiuk (Blog | @ColinStasiuk) kicking out the baby-making music with a little Wicked Game at PASS Summit 2012.

Originally posted 2013-02-28 10:00:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Interview with Tim Mitchell

As we’ve mentioned here before, SQL Karaoke is a great place to meet up with people in the SQL Server community.  This week, we are meeting Tim Mitchell (Blog | @tim_mitchell).  Tim is one of those that comes to SQL Karaoke and is a pretty decent singer.  Without further ado, here is what Tim thinks about SQL Karaoke…

Who are you? Tim Mitchell

When did you first SQLKaraoke? I think it was 2009, on my first trip to PASS in Seattle.

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke song? Without question, it’s “In This Club” done by Allen, the karaoke DJ at Bush Garden.

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke singer? That’s tough – there are so many good entertaining singers at SQLKaraoke… Arlene Gray doing the Rocky Horror Picture Show song… Jason Strate with the “da ba dee da ba di” thing, Patrick LeBlanc making up his own T-SQL lyrics on stage… Rick Heigis and Chuck Heinzelman singing, uh, whatever the hell it is they’re singing.

Do you SQLKaraoke? Of course! I do a mean Elvis (“just a hunka hunka burnin’ love…”) and some smooth Sonny and Cher with my friend Kathi Kellenberger.

What was the best SQL Karaoke moment that you’ve experienced? The MVP summit of 2010. We had just about every SQL MVP on the planet in Bush Garden, almost everyone sang, and we capped it off by everyone doing a monster rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody”. It was epic.

What are you thinking right “meow”? Chinese food.

Anything you want to add? SQL Karaoke is for everyone. If you’re a singer, you’ll fit in. If you prefer not to sing, there are lots of others just like you who simply come to laugh at the rest of us. Don’t know anybody there? You might arrive not knowing anyone, but I promise you that you’ll leave with some new friends. Don’t care to stay out all night? No worries, it’s come-and-go, stay as long as you like. Worried about getting back to your hotel? It’s a short cab ride, and you can usually find someone to split a cab with. Have to get up early and you’re worried about being out late? There’s coffee at the summit. No excuses! Get out to SQL Karaoke.

Want to be interviewed?  Contact Jason Strate through twitter.

Originally posted 2012-10-11 10:00:17. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Some MVPs at the MVP Summit

I’m not sure how I missed this video, but it seems someone found out about the SQL Server MVPs sneaking off to Bush Gardens at the MVP Summit.  The video is about 15 minutes and it’s a pretty dang good compilation of the night.

Got a video of SQLKaraoke? Shoot it over to videos@sqlkaraoke.com.

Originally posted 2012-09-04 14:00:58. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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PASS Summit Timewarp

In just a few months, it will be time for the PASS Summit again.  If you are on the fence on whether to go, then put yourself into a “time warp” to imagine the kind of fun you could have doing some SQLKaraoke at the summit.

Originally posted 2011-06-14 14:18:46. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Tik Tok – Colin and Jason -

Colin Stasiuk (Blog | @ColinStasiuk) and Jason Strate (Blog| @StrateSQL) kicking out the baby-making music with a little Wicked Game at PASS Summit 2012.

Originally posted 2013-02-26 10:00:56. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Another Look at SQL Karaoke

Karaoke is for everyone. It’s not just about picking a song and singing to background music. It’s not about trying to be the best singer in the group. In fact, part of the fun of karaoke is watching people who can’t sing!

As someone who attends karaoke every few months, I have come to realize that many people have their standard songs that they do every time. I usually sing Madonna and Shania Twain (though I’m working on some new ones), my friend Katie always sings “These Boots Are Made For Walkin'”. The same may be true with #sqlkaraoke. Jason Strate (twitter|blog) usually can be found singing (if you can call it that) “Blue”. (I’m not going to post a video… you’ll have to come to PASS Summit or a SQLSat to experience that) I have heard that there are also times when people literally close their eyes and randomly choose songs to “sing”. I have not yet had the joy to experience that, but I’m guessing that when I go to the Summit this fall, I will.

As much as SQLKaraoke is fun and goofing around, there really are some talented people in the SQL Community. Besides the fact that there are some great singers (so I’ve heard), there are novice chefs, amazing artists, and fantastic impersonators. Mark Vallaincourt (twitter|blog) happens to have a background in improv. He can impersonate (and do it well) characters such as Yoda, Louis Armstrong, and Bob Dylan (though, that one might be considered a bit annoying by non-Dylan fans). Here is a video of him singing “Wonderful World.”

Originally posted 2011-07-08 10:30:19. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Desperado – Tim MItchell

Check out Tim Mitchel (Blog | @tim_mitchell) dishing out some karaoke with Desperado.  While a couple years old, this is a good clip, none the less.

Originally posted 2013-01-17 10:00:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Singing in the Key of Someone Else

Lots of people can sing at SQLKaraoke. Some people can’t sing. Others, like Mark Vaillancourt (Blog | @markvsql), can sing in other people’s voice. Here’s a clip from SQL Saturday Chicago 2010.



Originally posted 2011-05-31 07:00:41. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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