Ok…so I’m a pill-pushing Egyptian. A drug dealer from the Land of the Pharaohs. King Tut’s apothecary. So that leaves one more interesting fact to share.
My aspiration: To play the guitar and get a gig at a local bar
So you’re probably thinking that since I’m a pharmacist, my aspiration would be to find a cure for cancer or invent a pill that makes flatulence smell like freshly baked apple pie. Or maybe you’re thinking that since I’m Egyptian, my aspiration would be to work towards ending the oppression of women in Middle Eastern countries or finding more uses for hummus, such as body moisturizer, dog shampoo, or hemorrhoid cream. But if that’s what you’re thinking, you’re wrong.
I want to be that person playing the guitar and singing in the corner of the bar you frequent. I don’t know how to play the guitar yet, but I have my first lesson tomorrow evening (Jamey’s Christmas present to me). Jamey seems to think that after a month of lessons, I’ll be able to rock out to “Stairway to Heaven.” I’ve informed him that if he’s lucky, I’ll be able to bust out some “Kumbaya” or “Row Your Boat.”
I have had some experience singing in public. My first experience was in the fourth grade when I was asked to sing [“Reach Out and Touch Somebody’s Hand”-Diana Ross] in the school play that our entire elementary school would be attending. I never once practiced out loud. I assumed that singing the song in my head was just as effective. When the day came, I walked out on stage and began my solo. I immediately saw my elementary school crush sitting in the front row laughing hysterically. I ran off stage crying before I could even get to the first chorus/refrain. It was horrifying.
I have numerous other performances on my record, including some wild nights at karaoke bars that inevitably result in me singing “Welcome to the Jungle” at the top of my lungs.
Despite my past performance, I believe I’m ready to give it another shot. Here is my first playlist:
Walk on the Ocean-Toad the Wet Sprocket
I’m Yours-Jason Mraz
Free Fallin’-Tom Petty
Everyday-Dave Matthews Band
Another Lonely Day-Ben Harper
Is This Love-Bob Marley
This Love-Maroon 5
Ragoo-Kings of Leon
9 Crimes-Damien Rice
By Your Side-Sade
Carolina In My Mind-James Taylor
Where I Stood-Missy Higgins
Three More Days-Ray Lamontagne
I Can’t Make You Love Me–Bonnie Raitt
Beautiful Thing–Sister Hazel
Have You Seen Me Lately (acoustic version)–Counting Crows