Some of you noticed that the recordings from the past few weeks were not matching up with the songs listed. The issue started when I had to restore my laptop from my backups. It turned out that I lost about 500 records, so there are a couple of weeks worth of songs missing. I still have those recordings, but they are currently stored as orphaned files on my server. I may or may not try to restore the links to those files. If there is a particular one you want restored I may be able to restore it for you. You can find them at: kjpaul.com/songs/2011/orphans/
UPDATE: I moved the files into their individual nights, so now they are in the flow by date, but they are named “Orphan”. If I actually find the missing records I will add the names and titles etc. In the mean while, it is pretty easy to scan through the nights if you want to grab your songs…just hit “Play All” and click the >> until you hear the song you are looking for.
The orphaned files start at http://kjpaul.com/11/09/21/ and go though http://kjpaul.com/11/10/03/. As always you can see the list of all the nights at: http://kjpaul.com/karaoke/recordings/
I recently had to restore my karaoke laptop from backup and in the process an error occurred in the file numbering, so some of the recordings are out of sync with the song pages. So, when you play a karaoke recording it may not be what it says it is. I am aware of this and will fix it soon.
The good news is that I fixed a lot of the file names so the naming of the songs will be better and I created new song books. You can see the books online now at KJPaul.com/files/books/.
I will be printing new books soon. I will print By Artist books and By Song book. I will add the “Potential Duets” pages to the front of the “By Artist” books and the Spanish pages to the back of the by Artist books.
I am now trying to put the singer name and song title in the file name so people can identify them. Let me know if I put the wrong name of on the files.
Here is the back story:
The day I was leaving for Burning Man I got an urgent call from Scott, my sub, because he was having software issues. He was not able to pull up songs and there was a crowd waiting to sing! I could not help him over the phone so I rushed down to Deco.
It turned out that Just Karaoke failed in a major way. I could not fix the issue, so I had to download a new version of the software and reinstall it while everyone was waiting! In the heat of the moment I wound up corrupting the local backup of the database so I installed Just Karaoke fresh, without its history or any of my custom edits!
F#$%! All the data that was suppose to be there for the search functionality on kjpaul.com was now gone and I have to retrieve it from my backup hard drive! To make matters worse, Scott needed to use the software in the mean while and I have to merge the two if I want to keep the old history!
That really puts a monkey wrench in my plans to create the search feature for my site, so for the time being your will need to retrieve your songs from the temporary directory structure:
I will leave the songs I upload so people can link to them.
This also means that I can’t post any playlists until this is fixed.
I think it is funny how people often ask me what it would take to become a KJ. Here are the steps I tell them:
Step 1: Spend $20,000 on karaoke music
Step 2: Spend $5,000 on karaoke equipment
Step 3: Learn the skills required by doing free parties for your friends for a couple of years
Step 4: Find your self some paying gigs, but don’t expect them to cover the costs of steps 1 and 2 any time soon
Step 5: Marketing, Marketing, Marketing
Step 6: Make the party happen every single night and hope the tips make up for what is missing in Step 4, which they won’t
Step 3 can happen while you are working on Step 1 and 2, but you really need to finish steps 1-3 before you can get to Step 4.
You become a KJ because it is FUN. That is the bottom line. The hand full of successful KJs in San Francisco are there because they have all been at it for many years and have completed steps 1-3 in various ways.
KJPaul created the Karaoke Kart out of components from Car-E-Oke and a baby jogger. KJPaul, Scott Annechino, Breezy and Max took the Karaoke Kart out for the 2010 SF Carnival parade. After the parade we parked on Harrison Street which was closed to cars for the weekend. Here is what people sang.
Karaoke Songs Sung:
Singer Artist Title
Scott Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love
KJPaul Presley, Elvis Don´t Be Cruel
Scott Gin Blossoms Hey Jealousy
carnival Lauper, Cindy Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Carnival Lauper, Cyndi Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
KJPaul Williams, Hank Hey Good Lookin´
Scott Simon, Paul Late In The Evening
Elvis Richie, Lionel Dancing On The Ceiling
Scott Red Hot Chili Peppers Otherside
KJPaul Withers, Bill Ain´t No Sunshine
KJPaul Beatles, The With A Little Help From My Friends
KJPaul Yazoo Only You
KJPaul Bowie, David Soul Love
Samanta Charles, Ray Hit The Road Jack
Scott Meatloaf You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth
Scott Cohn, Marc Walking In Memphis
KJPaul Cliff, Jimmy I Can See Clearly Now
Breezy Prince Kiss
Scott Grass Roots, The Temptation Eyes
KJPaul John, Elton Candle In The Wind
Breezy Notorious B.i.g. Big Poppa
KJPaul Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love
gals Jackson, Michael Beat It
Danny Snoop Dogg & Pharrell & Uncle Charlie Wilson Beautiful
The Jaminator is the ultimate air guitar! No only does it feel great in your hands, but it has a built in keytar and drum kit! Yes, you read that right. This thing is amazing. You can learn more about the Jaminator in the SFkaraokeDJ.com blog post Jaminator, the Ultimate Air Guitar.
Come give the Jaminator a spin at one of my many karaoke nights.