06 March 2010

Ol' Mackie Is Back!

Last week was quite stressful for Mr. B. The head farmer of the pfunny pfarm together with his entire executive staff were in town and Mr. B. had to give a big business presentation. He only had about a week to prepare and an evening to rehearse. If that was not stressful enough, the group also had to be taken out to field visit, then wining and dining. I think humans call it corporate entertainment. Part of that entertainment is cramming together in a small space and singing to music backtrack - a Japanese invention called karaoke.

While I know that Mr. B. is a decent singer, him being with a band in his youth, he is not very keen on this kind of entertainment. He calls it a 'corporate cat and dog show' - i guess it means things that you do to make the head farmers happy and entertained.

"Mack The Knife" is one song that Mr. B. really enjoy singing during these karaoke nights for two reasons: one - he like how the song progressively changes key in every paragraph; two - the song allows a wide range of interpretations so he could sing it differently each time. (Called 'one of the greatest song ever written;, "Mack The Knife" was actually adapted from the opening number of a German opera about a serial killer Mackie Messer.)

Back to real life, Mr. B.'s stressful week ended with a big row in the boardroom on Friday afternoon with him as one of the main target. He actually comtemplated for all of 3 minutes before he decided to lash back. I applauded with my paws as he told me the details of the story. Not because he succeeded in anything but because I could see that Mr. B. is progressively changing his key now. He understands that he can say what is on his mind without any fear, to sing his song the way he wants, in as many different ways as he desires.

Video: Bobby Darin with Mack The Knife

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