Barbershop Harmony Gone Awry

C7853B58-CA47-4A44-AEE3-EE9307C6C634My buddies and I decided to go to a karaoke bar, have a few drinks, and show off our singing prowess. After all, the four of us regular performed as a barbershop quartet at various local carnivals. So why not strut our stuff in front of the karaoke crowd?

We arrived fairly early, maybe an hour or so before the singing was scheduled to start. So naturally we started out with tequila shooters and beer chasers. By the time bar got crowded and the karaoke performances were ready to commence, my buddies and I were all three sheets to the wind.

We had signed up to sing the Crosby Stills & Nash song, “Wooden Ships,” a great song for a group of four a cappella guys to beautifully harmonize. At least that was the plan.

When we got up to sing, each of us was drunk as a skunk, and rather than a beautiful harmony, our singing was rather more of a discordant cacophony. We were unused to being confronted by boos and very tactless jeers from our audiences. And quite frankly we were shocked. We decided that the best thing to do was to stop singing, to sit down, and to shut up.

As we left the stage, the audience members started applauding our departure, displaying a mean, sarcastic gratitude for our leaving the stage. “Another round of tequila shooters and beer chasers,” one of my buddies yelled to the server when we got back to our table.

I woke up the next morning with one of the worst hangovers I’ve ever had. I walked to the bathroom, looked in the mirror, and was shocked to see that I had a black eye and a cut and swollen upper lip. I had no recollection of getting into a fight or falling the night before. But I did come to the conclusion that excessive tequila shooters with beer chasers are not good for one’s health.


Written for these daily prompts: Word of the Day Challenge (karaoke), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (cacophony), Your Daily Word Prompt (tactless), Ragtag Daily Prompt (gratitude), and The Daily Spur (health).

11 thoughts on “Barbershop Harmony Gone Awry

  1. Sadje July 17, 2019 / 7:08 pm

    Good story! Must have been a relief when the singing ended.

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong July 17, 2019 / 9:11 pm

    Good think you figured out that getting wildly drunk is unhealthy. I think we all have one memorable drunk that tuned us into reality. Except for those who liked it.

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  3. Don July 17, 2019 / 10:39 pm

    I used to sing barbershop. I loved it. Which is your voice?

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      • Don July 18, 2019 / 8:05 am

        Me too! It’s the best part. I was able to sing bass, but it’s almost predictable while baritone has the most challenging (hence fun) harmonies.

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  4. msjadeli July 18, 2019 / 11:55 am

    Hilarious story. When I saw the sign I thought you were headed to prison for singing 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  5. leigha66 July 18, 2019 / 7:23 pm

    I used to try a little karaoke from time to time. There were a handful that were really good, but mostly just ok, having fun! Good story!

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