Updated: Aug 25, 2019
So, the karaoke went well, we each did a couple of numbers to a generous and kind crowd, but as high octane petroleum fuels rockets, so lager fuels ambition, and husband decided that Bohemian Rhapsody would be a good song choice. Let us be very clear, Bohemian Rhapsody is never, ever a good song choice. Thankfully I was able to intervene and thought I had convinced him to change his song to Moondance but, using the secret code of Karaoke jocks, he then got the karaoke man to switch his song to The Wonder of You at the last minute.
It was a triumph, he had them in the palm of his hand from the very opening bars with a chorus of woah-oah-oah-oahs ringing out into the street. It's a skill he has, after decades of entertaining crowds as a musician and DJ - he can read a crowd just by looking at them, knowing exactly the right songs at the right time to whip them up and calm them down again, so everyone has a great time, but no one starts a fight. It's a skill I don't possess.
I play the music I want to hear and I expect that everyone else will also enjoy it, because it's great, right? Wrong. He once let me have a half hour slot as a guest DJ and I played all my favourites, but the crowd in the pub started to drift off. It seems that sometimes the Teardrop Explodes followed by the Smith is not the answer to a great night out in Mile End. Who knew?
Anyway, my point is that doing what you love doing is great, but the real art is doing what other people love too. Finding ways of making others happy instead of focusing on your own pleasure is a difficult thing to do, but when you manage it, the joy of creating pleasure and happiness in others is so much more rewarding. Obviously, if you're a DJ, it's financially rewarding too - no one's going to pay you to turn up with your spotify list and a laser light from Argos.
And so with that in mind (the generosity of spirit message, not the argos laser light), I asked the kids what they'd like to do on Saturday, with a promise of no shopping.
So guess who's going to Thorpe Park tomorrow?