And I am Telling You – to bow down to Jennifer Holliday, or else.

26 Aug

I am posting the below video for multiple reasons. This is an homage to Jennifer Holliday, a sharing of my obsession for this song and also because I somehow came across this video, today though I can’t remember why…

Oh, yes I can.

Here it is: Tonight I will be partaking in karaoke and I was piecing together my set list along with my dressing room demands. (They had better not forget my Diet A&W Root Beer or heads will roll.)

Karoake is something I love that a lot of people despise. I get it – you don’t want to sing in front other people, especially because you likely suck at it. As my mother describes it, she hears the tune in her head perfectly but can’t make it come out right. Is that it? I wouldn’t know because my voice is like rainbows and sunshine to all surrounding me.

But anyway, I was telling my boyfriend, who also creates colorful arches upon singing (especially with his rendition of “Creep” by Radiohead), that my set list closer is going to be “And I am Telling You (I’m Not Going)” by Jennifer Holliday.  Particularly, I am going to sing, note for note, the below version.

FYI – The rest of the set list is confidential and you’ll have to make an appearance to find out more.

I think after watching this video, one of the best musical performances of all time, you will understand why I never say the word “karaoke” without “and OMG I’m so singing Jennifer Holliday” immediately afterwards.

Go ahead. Feast your senses with this cornucopia of sound and visuals.

I have created the below display for you lovely readers so you may bask in all the glory of JH’s facial expression. Rest assured I will be replicating these, too, during my performance tonight. I have this down to a science, don’t think I don’t.


Favorites? Have a little fun and put some captions to the above. You’ll get a giggle, I promise.

Here’s an example for bottom row, center: OM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM NOM!

Any other recommendations for tonight’s karaoke sesh or any other future ones??


6 Responses to “And I am Telling You – to bow down to Jennifer Holliday, or else.”

  1. Kris August 26, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    I have the original Dreamgirls CD, and I play that song by her over and over and over. If you can take on that challenge (and do that little thing she does with her voice that almost sounds like a break but it doesn’t break), I will worship at your altar. Wish I could be there in person. I am impressed

  2. Kris August 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    In my repeated posts, I forgot to suggest Hallelujah by KD Lang.

  3. Benjamin Andrew Moore August 27, 2010 at 5:47 am #

    FYI, she did not sing the above song, much to my disappointment…

    • Kris August 27, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

      What happened?

      • Zanna August 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm #

        Welllll, I WOULD have, but for some reason the people entering song numbers decided to throw out a bunch of our songs or “lose” them and we had been there for 4 hours already, waiting for an hour for our next song, which never came up. It was a process, and after 4 hours, just time to leave.

        I’m slightly embarassed that this is what my whole post is about and I didn’t even sing it. But I’m going back! Rest assured.

  4. Kris August 27, 2010 at 7:36 pm #

    You were ready. That’s what counts, and I’m still impressed that you even considered doing that song. Wow.

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