If I was putting together an application to be on the Jimmy Fallon show for a lip sync battle, I think I would have a pretty competitive one. Well, competitive in the category for non-professional, untrained (but very passionate) goofy dancing people.
Lip syncing (or as some may say lip dubbing) is my favvvvorite past-time. I have willingly been participating in this activity most of my life. Some people think it is embarrassing but I grew up doing theatre so being in front of strangers who think you are odd and overly dramatic is very normal to me. People ask why not karaoke but it is such a let down because I am not a very good singer AND someone sang it really well already.
Here is a look back on my personal history of lip sync. It goes something like this:
Belinda Carlisle: Heaven is a place on Earth
When I was six, I remember listening to this over and over and over again and performing it with great conviction in our living room.
Tiffany: I Think We're Alone Now
I remember performing this in my BFF's bedroom in 1st grade. Who didn't?
Mariah Carey: Make it Happen
This is one of the first lip syncs I performed publicly, at an elementary talent show. We wore white t-shirts, tucked into our pegged jeans. If we could have had phones back then...I'd love to see this baby.
Jackson Five: ABC
When I think back on little ole me performing this in front of a crowd and my 6th grade peers, acting like a young Michael Jackson, I feel a little embarrassed but then I think, "Go, little Chris, go!"
ABBA: Money Money Money
For my 16th birthday, I got an ABBA box set and a disco ball. I can basically lip sync all ABBA songs but this was a particular favorite.
Sister Act: Salve Regina
Luckily for me, my high school had a lip sync competition every year called "Air Band". One year a group of my girlfriends put on the most amazing rendition of "Salve Regina" from Sister Act. We even had habits that we whipped off to sequin outfits. It was sooo fun. We came in second.
ABBA: Happy Hawaii
I wasn't kidding when I said I basically knew every single ABBA song. For my high school graduation party I performed this obscure ABBA gem. It fit as I was going to school in Hawaii.
Nsync: I Want You Back
Turns out there was a lip sync competition at my college as well and I joined forces with some of my awesome dorm friends to put on a pretty great rendition to this Nsync classic. Nothing like 5 girls dressed as N'sync.
Bonnie Tyler: I Need A Hero
The following year we came back with a vengeance and brought the mother of all lip syncs with this Bonnie Tyler classic. Now, I reeeeeaaaaalllly wish we had a video of this because it my mind it was amazing; we even had a lift and you know what? We won! We won a big stereo that we cherished in our off campus house and blasted tunes for many dance parties to come.
ABBA: Thank you for the Music
I think for a birthday party with my friends, I brought this ABBA classic out as a way to say thank you to all of them. Yeah, not sure that message came across as well as it did in my head.
Queen: Don't Stop Me Now
In the last year of college, I listened to Queen alllll thhheeeee tiiiime. I loved the following song and did, in fact, prepare it for my graduation party but didn't end up doing it so I performed it a few months back at a dance party at the Inn. So you can imagine by pure joy when Paul Rudd came out with this piece of awesomeness the other week. It also meant I was going to need to retire that song and come up with a new one.
I have been more behind the scenes the last few years when it comes to putting together lip syncs. The Inn videos are pretty fun and then there is, of course, the most wonderful lip sync I will ever be apart of, CHaD Roar. That lip sync literally changed my life.
This past Thursday I was having one of those days but I was trying to snap into a better mood since I was hosting a DPLSO ( Dance Party & Lip Sync Off and this was the second of such events so it now has it's own acronym that doesn't cut down into an easy to say word. Dipleso?). It was time to pull out a song I had been wanting to do for a while and although it is a pop ballad about a dysfunctional romantic relationship (what song isn't?) , the over all message is one that I like, a lot. So I spent my birthday, filming and editing this.
Today I turn 33 and for my birthday I worked on this all day because I wanted to tell all of my family, friends (new & old), people from schools, my teachers, mentors, co-workers, people that I may have only spent a brief time with and others who have been in the thick of it with me, people spread across the country and the world.... my life would indeed suck (sorry Mom, I know that is not your favorite word) without you.
Is it cheesy? Yes.
Do I care? No.
Is this song actually about a dysfunctional relationship? Yes.
Do I care? No, it is pure pop ballad perfection.
Am I ecstatic that Jimmy Fallon brought lip sync into our current vernacular? Yesssss!!!!!!
Next to my crazy little kids, nothing brings me more happiness than a good ole fashion lip sync and it's my birthday so I can do this. Thank you Kelly Clarkson for the song.