To Take You Into the Weekend, Me Singing “Redshirt” With Jonathan Coulton and His Band

And I’m on key at least 60% of the time!

If you just want to see the part where I fall on my ass, fast forward to 4:15 and wait a couple of seconds. This was during the JoCo Cruise Crazy 3 trip, incidentally.

I had a blast doing this (which I think comes through), although the video reminds me that I am becoming increasingly pear shaped as I go along. I blame the cruise buffet. Yes, that’s it entirely.

Video recorded by Glenn Badsen.

41 thoughts on “To Take You Into the Weekend, Me Singing “Redshirt” With Jonathan Coulton and His Band

  1. This makes me so happy.

    An excellent performance, sir, with perfect redshirt dance moves. ;)
    Yet another reason I regret missing this particular karaoke out of the approximate 5 billion karaoke events that week.

    Also, your spontaneous accompaniment to the fellow singing “Rainbow Connection” was quite fantastic and is now one my favorite things ever.

  2. Awesome. Hey, that person whose head we see at the beginning… was that just someone with a cute hairdo, or were they wearing a bear head?

  3. Ass-splat aside just one more reason for me to regret not being there. Perfectly lovely voice and the enthusiasm was exquisite.

  4. What? It wasn’t planned, the fall? I thought that’s when the monster alien is supposed to be eating you. What was strange was the jumping. Did you have to go to the bathroom or something?

  5. Thank for this. I have spent some time over the last week trying to wrap my mind around the insane at RSHD’s website, and I think my mind was about to break. He is perhaps the most arrogant and narrow minded blogger I have ever read.

  6. Have you considered a treadmill desk? I set one up, and it’s working well. Although, so far I’ve been using it when doing passive things like reading, not writing or coding. Easy way to get your “10,000 steps a day” in just 2-3 hours of walking.

    My treadmill desk consists of a LIfeSpan treadmill and some wire shelving from Home Depot. The treadmill is just the treadmill and a control panel at the end of a cable. There’s no upright structure as is usually the case.

    I bought an elliptical in 2011, but have used it less than I’ve used the treadmill in the brief time I’ve had it.

    This weekend I’ll find out if I can play Baldur’s Gate while walking.

  7. Is this like the Web 2.0 version of showing vacation slides?
    Also, what Mary Robinette Kowal said, you’re making audible progress before our very ears.
    I do, however, feel the most important moment of the performance is being tragically overshadowed by your grand decent to ground level. I refer, of course, to miming squeezing the giant “pair” which “they” are to grow. That was a nice touch…you know what I mean!

  8. I know pear-shaped people who would like to be shaped like you. Don’t worry about it.
    At “almost 50″ I can tell you it just sort of happens.

  9. Forgive me, John:  that was not “falling on your ass”; that was a flooring malfunction, or a shoe malfunction, or something. You cannot fall on your arse while continuing to hit every fricking note dead solid perfect.

    Let the record note that you can be – and are – every bit as manic, jumped up and lovable even when you are not in Performing Monkey mode.  Guess you will need to come with another reason to hand out when you want some downtime…

  10. I already knew I loved how you think. I knew I enjoyed how you write. But you know what I love the most? I love how much freaking FUN you have doing just about everything and how you just embrace what’s in front of you and go for it. Package that, my friend. Awesomeness in one pear shaped package. Hope the rest of your cruise was unimpaired by ass bruising. ;)

  11. You guys were having way too much fun with a song that has such depressing lyrics. Of course, Coulton put a catchy tune on it to make up for it.

    And, yet again, I am bummed about not being on that cruise.

  12. Re pear-shapedness: Dunno about you, but i was born quite pearlike – big big head, tiny little torso etc.

    It’s just that the pear has inverted these past decades, and people who refer to “the big end” aren’t talking about my cranium anymore. Dang.

  13. The hell, John. Not bad for a front man. Nervous, sure, but that was a fair amount of performing as well. I don’t mean the Fall either. That’s on a ship so big you can’t get a reference for the horizon, and with all the rocking and rise and fall it’s enough to bring anyone falling who’s not careful. Just please don’t tell me the ship was docked when you had the gig…

    In any case, looks like you had a blast.

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