Myths About SQL Karaoke

As the PASS Summit approaches, we are already getting excited for SQL Karaoke! Interestingly, some of the talk on twitter leads me to believe that there are many crazy rumors out there about what happens on #SQLKaraoke night. I want to assure you, this is a night for EVERYONE (well, except for children).

Here’s what I hear people saying about Karaoke night:

“But, I can’t sing!”

Believe me, hardly anyone there actually “can sing.” It’s all about having fun. If you want to sing, you can. If you don’t want to, you should still come. You will be entertained. No one is there to judge anyone else. In fact, as you will see, the crazier you are, the better – on stage and off! :-D

“But, I don’t drink”

While some people do drink (and drink a lot) during SQL Karaoke night, not everyone does. It’s definitely ok to do what you are comfortable with! We just want people to come and enjoy themselves. Whether they choose to drink alcohol or not, it doesn’t matter.

It’s such a late night!

SQL Karaoke does tend to end pretty late in the evening, or should I say early in the morning? That said, no one is forcing anyone to stay super late. We like to think that you will be having so much fun, that you will want to stay late. If you are someone who likes to go to bed early so you are bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the keynote in the morning, feel free to leave when you want. If you do decide to stay out late one night, remember: the PASS Summit is in Seattle, there is a Starbucks on every corner (literally).

I don’t know how to get there!

The great news is this: almost every night, there will be a group of people sharing large cabs (I’m talking vans full of people) to Bush Garden. The more people sharing the cab fare, the better. There are also groups of people who will walk there to and from together. We all welcome anyone into the group, as we certainly don’t want anyone walking alone. It’s only about 3 miles away, but not all the neighborhoods are the greatest, especially not in the middle of the night. We never let anyone leave alone.

All in all, SQL Karaoke night (official and non) is a great time to hang out with a bunch of fun-loving Geeks. You should plan to check it out!

Originally posted 2012-08-29 08:30:37. 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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Rock N Roll Lifestyle

You’ve been there, you know this is true.  Find a good SQL Karaoke, just plain karaoke, picture?  Send it to pictures@sqlkaraoke.com.

Originally posted 2012-09-28 10:00:25. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Interview with Josh Fennessy

When you go out to a night of SQL Karaoke, there are a lot of people that you’ll meet.  For our interview this week, I sent a copy of the interview to Josh Fennessy (Blog | @joshuafennessy).  Unfortunately, I forgot to change the email introduction from when I sent it Denny Cherry (Blog | @MrDenny).  Josh, though, forgave me for the blunder and was still willing to answer the gut wrenching SQL Karaoke questions.  Without further ado, here’s what Denny, I mean Josh, has to say about SQL Karaoke.

Who are you?

Not Denny. I’m Josh. BI Guy, User Group leader. I take myself very seriously. I’m kind of a big deal.

When did you first SQLKaraoke?

Probably sometime in 2010? It’s all a blur.

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke song?

Paradise by the Dashboard Light, no…wait, Poker Face. RA RA RAMAMA

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke singer?

Who wrote these quetions? My favorite karaoke singer is someone yet to shine, Hope Foley (Blog | @hope_foley). She owes me a Lodi Dodi duet.

Do you SQLKaraoke?

Only with pants on. Mostly.

What was the best SQL Karaoke moment that you’ve experienced?

I’m pretty sure it was Barbie Girl, but I don’t remember all of it.

What are you thinking right “meow”?

I’m so relived the laxitives started working. Oh shit, I’ve got 45 minutes until my meeting. The cat needs to get off the desk. Damn, I have to do laundry. Screw that.

Anything you want to add?

Don’t do SQL Karaoke because everyone else is doing it, do it because ALL THE FUNNY.

I’m looking for the Barbie Girl video to see if we can find a copy of Josh and Sarah Strate (Blog | @DanceM0m) singing this song – hopefully, it will be up soon.  Want to be interviewed?  Contact Jason Strate through twitter.

Originally posted 2012-09-20 10:00:39. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Paradise by the Dashboard Lights – Colin

Colin Stasiuk (Blog | @ColinStasiuk)  and the restaurant owner singing Paradise by the Dashboard Lights at PASS Summit 2012.

Originally posted 2013-03-05 10:00:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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It Isn’t Always Jager at #SQLKaraoke

If you’ve been to a SQLKaraoke night, you may have noticed a shot of jager or two on the tables.  Earlier this year, down at SQL Rally, Jorge Segarra (Blog | @SQLChicken) showed us all that sometime we need a little Gin & Juice.

SQLRally – SQLChicken – Gin & Juice from Jason Strate on Vimeo.

Originally posted 2011-09-07 05:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Interview with Wendy Pastrick

SQL Karaoke is a place to meet up with a number of people in our SQL Server community.  Some of them like, Wendy Pastrick (Blog @wendy_dance), bring a bubble of life to the party and belt out some great songs.  In today’s interview, we’ll hear what she thinks about SQL Karaoke.

Who are you?

Wendy Pastrick

When did you first SQLKaraoke?

I don’t recall the year but it was at Bush Garden in Seattle

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke song?

I’ve branched out a lot over the past couple of years, but I still love singing ‘I Will Survive’ or ‘U Oughtta Know’

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke singer?

Human (?)

Do you SQLKaraoke?

Based on answers above…Yes!

What was the best SQL Karaoke moment that you’ve experienced?

The first night I went to SQL Karaoke and we all got up and sang at the end “Bohemian Rhapsody” But the one that I still makes me laugh the hardest is our young KJ from Bush Garden singing ‘In Da Club’ , oh and then there was Colin Stasiuk (Blog | @ColinStasiuk) doing “Safety Dance” and he spelled SAFTEY wrong….and ….and…sooo many good times :)

What are you thinking right “meow”?

“I hope we can SQLKaraoke at SQL Saturday in Kalamazoo

Anything you want to add?

Putting in your friends names anonymously and picking songs for them can end up with varied results. One of my favorites was singing with Christina Leo (Blog | @christinaleo) “Welcome to the Jungle”. It could have been a disaster. We could have refused. We didn’t – we got up there and owned it and had a blast! If you end up getting called to sing, just go with it – no one cares if it sucks, as long as it’s FUN!

Want to be interviewed?  Contact Jason Strate through twitter.

Originally posted 2012-09-10 10:00:57. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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I Got You, Babe!

There may be a lot of background noise, but here’s a SQL Karaoke clip that shows that some of us actually have some talent.  In this clip, Kathi Kellenberger (Blog | @auntkathi) and Tim Mitchel (Blog | @tim_mitchell) are belting out a karaoke classic.

 
Tim and Kathi – I Got You Babe from Jason Strate on Vimeo.

Want to get in on some SQLKaraoke action? Get registered for the PASS Summit…

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Originally posted 2011-09-14 08:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Welcome to the Jungle – Christina, Wendy, and Sarah

Here a look on the wild side with Christina Leo (Blog | @christinaleo), Wendy Pastrick (Blog @wendy_dance), and Sarah Strate (Blog | @DanceM0m) belting out a little Welcome to the Jungle.

Originally posted 2013-01-29 10:00:02. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Interview with Mark Vaillancourt

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 Mark Vaillancourt (Blog | @markvsql), or for those that know him already, just interviewing him.  Mark has made quite an impact when he comes out to SQLKaraoke.  One thing that I’ve heard Mark say when it comes to karaoke is that he can sing, but only in someone else’s voice.  So now, let’s see what Mark has to say on the subject.

Who are you?
I am Mark Vaillancourt, and information management consultant focusing in the BI space. I have degrees in English and Theater, so naturally I am a database consultant. I also spent 3 years in a TheatreSports Improvised Comedy troupe, which was an awesome outlet for the just flat out weird stuff that goes on in my head.

When did you first SQLKaraoke?
I first did SQLKaraoke at SQL Saturday #31 in Chicago back in 2010. I hadn’t really heard of SQLKaraoke before and it took me a bit before I felt comfortable trying it.

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke song?
My first song was Louis Armstrong’s It’s a Wonderful World. The twist was that I did it AS Louis Armstrong. My Louis is actually pretty good, so it went over well.

What is your favorite SQLKaraoke singer?
In the Talent category, David Maxwell (Blog | @dmmaxwell) can rock out Pearl Jam like nobody’s bidness.

In the “oh my gawd that’s seom funny sh..stuff” category, that would be the one and only Jason Strate (Blog| @StrateSQL).

Do you SQLKaraoke?
I SQLKaraoke at every opportunity. With the improve comedy over and done with, SQLKaraoke is a great way to let off some nutty steam.

What are you thinking right “meow”?
Having a cat is like having a two-year-old with no thumbs.

Anything you want to add?
SQLKaraoke, for those who don’t know, is an AMAZING way to network with people. There are people that only know of my existence because of SQLKaraoke. I hope, one day, to be known for more than that, but it’s a great start.

Want to be interviewed?  Contact Jason Strate through twitter.

Originally posted 2012-10-04 10:00:33. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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