Spin Cycle: That’s What Friends Are For

September 10, 2009 12:01 am

We were going to be famous, I just knew it. I was only eight and my brother ten when the chance of a lifetime fell into our laps. Our friend Demetri’s dad owned a local night club and had agreed to let us perform on stage. All we needed to do was learn and rehearse a song. The night club had real live radio commercials so to my eight year old self, they were the shit. I was sure a talent agent would see us perform and scoop us right up.

We settled on the popular Dionne Warwick cover “That’s What Friends Are For”. Every day after school, the three of us met in Demetri’s living room and belted out the cheesy tune. We donned those big puffy headphones while we sang our hearts out. I remember doing the Stevie Wonder head sway during my solo and pouring everything I had into it. The truth is, we were all horrible but we thought we were the coolest kids in town.

My brother and I kept our big performance secret from everyone, even our parents. We were going to wow them on the night of our show and blow them away. A week before the big event, we found out that Demetri was a lying bastard who had made the entire thing up. His dad had never agreed to the show and didn’t even know we existed. Demetri pulled stunts like that all the time and I should have known better then to trust that evil fucker but still, I was heartbroken.

I never did get the chance to perform that song we’d worked so hard on. In fact, I never performed anywhere again. I’ve never even done karaoke. Although my singing voice is horrible, I still belt out the tunes for my kids whenever I get the chance. Hell, maybe I’ll invest in some singing lessons and then perform my childhood song on American Idol. You guys would vote for me, right?
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29 Comments

  1. anymommy
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    I would absolutely vote for you. That story broke my heart a little. Such disappointments.

  2. Zip n Tizzy
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    Without a doubt, you’d have my vote.

    My best friend and I stayed up many long nights discussing how we were going to win Miss “Young Miss.”
    We never got around to entering, but you wouldn’t know it for all the preparation we put into it!

  3. ymK
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    I will vote for you! Poor eight year old you.

  4. Michele
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    Absolutely! You really should record and post that wonderful tune right here. We could be your admiring crowd.

  5. kyooty
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    oh we’d totally vote, just as soon as I get the authorization for being out of country, oh wait we’ll travel down to maine rent a hotel room with cable and vote from there! does that work?
    Kids can be so mean!
    What if you did a youtube of your song for us so we recognize you when you get there?

  6. Cat
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    You ARE the weakest link. GOODBYE!

    Wait, wrong show. Hey, at least you can count on making the season premiere – they’re always looking for wack jobs on that episode. Wear your silver cape!

  7. Sprite's Keeper
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    This Saturday. You. A microphone. A Karoake bar. They may not be open, but we’ll break in. You will get your chance to shine!
    -This offer brought to you by someone who obviously hasn’t had enough coffee to know that a possible felony may screw our afternoon up.
    So, how about bowling?

  8. A Tired Wife
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    Awwww.

    I used to think I could sing … then one day when I was about 10, my cousin told me I couldn’t. I’ve NEVER sang in front of anyone, ever again. I’m not sure if she was telling the truth or not … doesn’t matter, really, because I just can’t bring myself to sing in front of anyone.

  9. Blogging Mama Andrea
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    Absolutely!

    And while you’re at it give me that Demetri’s number. I’m thinking we should have a few ‘words’.

  10. The Stiletto Mom
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    We should form a bloggy band. I also have a horrible voice…think of all the people we could torture!

  11. Cape Cod Gal
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    I’m a professionally trained singer but I have horrible stage fright. How about I sing, you lipsynch! We’ll make a fortune.

  12. Maureen@IslandRoar
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    Oh, what a slime-bucket thing to do!
    I loved that song. I was 23, my 14 year old cat had just died, and every time I heard it I thought of her and cried. Pathetic, I know. I would’ve loved to hear you perform it, even now. Bet I’d still cry…

  13. WickedStepMom
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    I would totally vote for you! I don’t even watch the show and I would call in every chance I got!

    P.S. With a name like Dimetri, you know he is a jerk… it means jerk in Russian or something.. 😉

  14. robin
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    You do have a video camera, right? Cause I am thinkin’ we NEED to see some of your brilliance right here on this very blog! 🙂

  15. jenni
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    dimitri = ASSHOLE!

    I’ll be on your side forever more!

  16. K
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    How sad is that.

    I think you need to have a few beers and do it Karoake style. It would bring closure.

  17. Kirsty @ Gone Bananas
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    I think you should sing it, record it and put it on here so we can be your biggest fans! You’ll have to come to my next Karaoke party for sure!

  18. leigh
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    You were made for the stage…I can just feel it. I would vote for you and I just met you.

    Stop by my little bligitty blog if have a chance. You will be all like, this girl kicks so much ass, why are we just now finding eachother?

    It’s a travesty, really!

    XO
    Leigh

  19. HeatherPride
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    If we ever meet, I’ll expect you to perform that little ditty for me, cheesy Stevie head swagger and all. Dang that Demetri.

  20. Lin
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    I would totally!! How sad that jerk let you down like that.

  21. Captain Dumbass
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    I think you should tape yourself and post it.

    BTW, I lawnfucked my neighbour this afternoon and thought of you.

  22. Keely
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    Aw, that fucker.

  23. Mad Woman
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    I would totally vote for you. That other guy was an asshat.

  24. Cara
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    What an asshole.

    My vote is for you video taping this spectacle & posting it up here. Then you’ll get your 15 minutes!

  25. Krystal
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    What a little shit!! I swear the 8 year old you should have kicked his little ass!

  26. FoN
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    I think you’ve mentioned Demetri here before. He liked to fuck with you a lot, didn’t he?

    That sucks. Go karaoke – it’s fun! Get drink first though.

  27. Jessica Bern
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    I’m going to guess that today Demitri is a lonely, pathetic man with small parts and an 18 year old tabby cat who spits up furballs on his neck while he sleeps

  28. cyndi
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    Absolutely, you’d have my vote! Reminds me of a talent show dance to Rockin’ Robin I tried with friends :cringe:

  29. Lisa @ boondock ramblings
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    Ah man. That stinks. What a jerk. You should sing again. And yes, I’d vote for you!

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