Rocking the 80s with Rock Me Amadeus

Sometimes it takes a couple backup dancers, such as Mark Vaillancourt (Blog | @markvsql) and Doug Lane (Blog | @thedouglane), to make a song a bit bearable.

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

Originally posted 2012-09-25 10:00:16. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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Karaoke Sighting at SQL In The City

Sometime last week an e-mail slipped into my mailbox… looks like the SQL in the City event in L.A. included some karaoke madness.  This in turn led to some video taping and the obligatory upload to YouTube.

I was also stunned to find out that aren’t that many karaoke bars in the UK which is quite sad.  I feel as though we should have more SQL Server conferences on the other side of the pond and bring our karaoke machines with us.

Originally posted 2011-11-07 09:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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The End of the World with Eddie

Here’s Eddie Wuerch (Blog | @EddieW) knocking out The End of the World by R.E.M.  Definitely great to see him nailing the tempo on this one.

Originally posted 2013-01-22 10:00:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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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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Even Spouses will SQL Karaoke

Were you aware that SQLKaraoke is a family event?  If so, then you are a bit more wrong and twisted than I am.  It is, though, open to spouses.  What’s fun for me is getting Sarah Strate (Blog | @DanceM0m), my wife, to go up and sing songs that I think make her sound cute.

Here’s Material Girl…

And Spider Webs…

And a wrap-up with Lovefool…

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

Originally posted 2012-10-04 10:00:52. 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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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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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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How We Feel About SQL Karaoke?

Sing It!

Courtesy of Josh Fennessy (Blog | @joshuafennessy).  Find a good SQL Karaoke, just plain karaoke, picture?  Send it to pictures@sqlkaraoke.com.

Originally posted 2012-08-31 10:00:45. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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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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