Wednesday, December 21, 2005

There Is A House In New Orleans...

They call the Rising Sun...

Aah, The Animals. A great band if there ever was one.

Not that they wrote the song, of course, but their version of "House of the Rising Sun" kicked serious amounts of ass.

The four gaijin band (Jack, Chris, Nikolai, me) performed a version of it today for Starfish High's Christmas assembly. Since the band name "Foreigner" was taken, we went with "1, 2, 3, 4 Gaijin" (courtesy of Nikolai).

Jack was on bass, Chris handled the keys, Nikolai was on guitar, and yours truly...sang.

Another attempt to follow in my father's footsteps. When my dad was younger, he was in a band, and they covered "House of the Rising Sun", too.

The first verse got a few cheers, but when I cut loose on the second verse, the crowd went wild!

Or not. The crowd went slightly less domesticated.

I felt pretty good about it, even after watching the video.

Plus, yesterday was the first time for the first year students to get on stage and perform the play. Sure, it was just one scene, but they did a good job.

It's been a weird trip so far, working on this play. Neither Jack nor I really had much idea about what we were doing at first. It was hard to get the students organized and motivated. But as practices continued and we watched our students more, things started to improve. The various directors started coming into their own and are now able to motivate people in their groups. We even have a girl doing makeup, and she know what she's doing. We even have a boat! Dancing, props, costumes, makeup, acting...it all came together really well.

Our main actor has got his part SO nailed that it's scary.
Things are good.

Now all we have to do is keep up the pace and complete the rest of the play.

The Christmas assembly was a lot of fun overall. There were some good musical performances from the students, including four third year students who are putting out a CD next year. Self-made, but they're putting one out all the same.

After classes finished, I went to the kitchen with the third year alpha students and made...

DAH DADA DAAAAAAAA!

TACOS!

AND NACHOS!

Good stuff. Very good stuff.

It was a fun final activity with the alpha class.

A little more work at school, then back home. [Editor's note] where I was going to type this up yesterday but instead fell asleep (see also: passed out) on the floor around 10 PM and woke up at 4.

The Bachelor's Life. It's FAAAAAAAAAAAAAN-tastic! (Line stolen from the NBA)

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