The Old Soldier tries to catch Charlie Rose every week day night, except for Friday nights. Friday nights are for karaoke at Del’s in Bloomfield (Little Italy). Del’s is about a 15 minute walk from my apartment.
Charlie Rose does in-depth interviews with the movers and shakers of the world. Pittsburgh is lucky. Every city in the United States does not have a public television affiliate; but the other major networks can seldom match the quality of programming that public television (QED in Pittsburgh) carries.
Well, maybe the Old Soldier is actually getting wiser with age. Even though I consider myself a karaoke performance artist, I’m going to have to get use to the idea that I’m going to have to compete with televisions on mute tuned to sports events and sometimes even dart players while karaoke is going on at Del’s on Friday nights. The dart players force the karaoke singers to stand in a tight corner to sing.
I understand why The Recovery Room in Bloomfield, which has karaoke on Saturday nights, has won the Best Karaoke Bar in Pittsburgh Award from the Pittsburgh City Paper over 10 years in a row now. The Recovery Room has karaoke in its dinning room. The one huge screen TV shows the lyrics of the songs that the singers sing. And there is nothing else going on in the dinning room but karaoke.
It’s just that I like Del’s better. I like the coziness of the small bar where the DJ sets up his karaoke equipment. I like the customers. I like the staff. And I like the owners, too. Friday nights mean karaoke at Del’s.
Keep reading and keep writing that flash fiction.
- Karaoke As Theater: Don’t Make This Mistake (pittsburghflashfictiongazette.com)
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