Bill has been asked to accompany some of the other teachers where he works in an amateur rendition of "Hit the Road, Jack." Some of the female teachers are singing, another male teacher is playing the piano, and Bill has been "volunteered" to play the guitar with them. This is for a talent show kind of thing tomorrow night.
Bill is in the living room with the kids, playing his guitar and trying out different renditions of the chorus. Alex is joining in, which is cute, because he has a little boy voice and even if he's totally off key or the rhythm is off, he still sounds cute.
Bill is a very white male. I just have to say that, so you don't think I married, oh, Jamie Foxx. He is a classically trained guitarist who, as I listen, has just now switched what he's playing from "Hit the Road, Jack" into some Renaissance-sounding piece. He can't help it. He also teaches chorus, so, when he is singing, he can't help articulating everything clearly and pronouncing his vowels in the "correct" choral way....
Anyway - it doesn't really gel with "Hit the Road, Jack."
He sort of sounds like Peter, Paul and Mary singing Ray Charles. As themselves. Dreamily. Like it's really "Puff the Magic Dragon." I know. It's hard to imagine. You'd have to hear it for yourself to understand.
When he sings along with songs from the Jungle Book, he sounds sort of like a cross between a member of the Vienna Boys Choir and Steven Tyler. It's odd, to hear the song "I Wanna Be Like You," as originally performed by Louis Prima, as if it's being sung by Steven Tyler. Who has, for some reason, joined the Vienna Boys Choir.
And now he's singing harmony to an imagined other person singing the melody of "Happy Birthday"...and he's strumming away on the guitar, taking other requests from Alex...but the thing about "Happy Birthday" is that, if you are in middle school chorus anyway, you don't pronounce it "birthday" when you are singing it. You pronounce it "buhthday." You know, like it sounds.
Anyway, he's back to "Hit the Road, Jack" now.
Ice, Ice, Baby....