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The Spin I’m In: Where’d You Get Those Peepers?

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I went to a New Year's Eve Party where the very funny and entertaining host was absolutely insistent that everyone there participate in a game. When you arrived, he put your name in a hat, when your name was randomly pulled you had to perform a song chosen by you. A pianist who knew "every song by ear" (not by a long shot), a guitar, and even a cane were provided. If one were to cower or hem and haw over their task, they would face the ridicule of the host.

I know this sounds like a nightmare to some but it was actually a total blast. Sure, there were a couple of guys hiding in the kitchen, but for the most part everyone got up there and performed, even those that I mistook as "the wall flowers." I was very impressed. Standards, Show Tunes, Country, 80s Pop, even Smoke On the Water were covered.

I only knew about half the people at this party. A few close friends, a few acquaintances, and quite a few strangers. A pretty famous actress that I really dig performed her rendition of Everybody's Talkin' from Midnight Cowboy just before my name was called. I noticed that during her somewhat shy but charming performance a few people that I didn't know took out their cellphones and took aim at her. I thought, well, I guess that's cool. I'd probably take a photo of this too if I didn't know better. When I got up to do my little song and attempt at a dance I noticed that cellphones were coming out and taking aim at me as well. I was loose, I didn't really care about it I was just having fun. 

About ten minutes later when I noticed that cellphones weren't coming out anymore for other peoples' performances a wee bit of paranoia hit me. Not  a big deal, but I did flash to Michael Richards' now infamous "N-word" cringefest and Saddam's creepy execution. "Oh my God" I thought, "those cellphones could have recorded my entire silly performance. I really hope this doesn't end up on YouTube."

I enjoy letting it all hang out in certain intimate situations. I'll make a total ass of myself just to get a laugh out of my friends. Being a somewhat public person, I just don't want to see this "out there". Recently, I've taken photos with fans only to see them pop up on the Internet to my horror. Looking like shit in a photo never meant so much! Now, when fans ask to take a picture with me I have to say, "OK, if you promise not to put it up on the Internet". Jeepers creepers it's a Brave New World out there.

 

The Spin I'm In: Where'd You Get Those Peepers?

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Artist

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Jeepers Creepers

Ethel Waters

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Ya Ya Ya (Looking For My Baby)

The Detroit Cobras

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It's Raining

The Detroit Cobras

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Midnight Voyage

Ghostland Observatory

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Sweet Cherry Wine

Tommy James & The Shondells

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Cash on the Barrelhead

Dolly Parton

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It's A Sin To Tell A Lie

Slim Whitman

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Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks

Donita Sparks is a singer/songwriter living in Los Angeles, CA. Her first solo record, Transmiticate, has been released nationwide and a US tour is booked for Spring and Summer 2008. Donita is also the co-founder and front person of the rock band L7 who have released six studio albums.

Her original scores can be heard in the upcoming feature film The Life of Reilly starring Charles Nelson Reilly and in online projects for Activision and Microsoft. In 1991 Sparks and L7 formed Rock For Choice with the Feminist Majority Foundation staging numerous concerts benefiting pro-choice organizations.
Donita has been a contributing writer at Firedoglake since July 2006 with her music column The Spin I’m In.

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