Until last night, I had no idea that this video was posted online: it’s of me performing AC/DC’s Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap on accordion, my finalist number at the Karaoke Apocalypse competition at South by Southwest 2011.
Watching this video, it’s hard to believe that two months prior, I was a newly-separated guy gasping for breath in the intensive care unit. How quickly and completely things can change.
This took place in the back room of Austin’s The High Ball, a Mad Men-esque bowling alley straight from the 1960s, and my performance landed me second place, for which I won an iPad. I much preferred that prize to the first-place one: a year’s worth of Fandango tickets, which would’ve been useless to me since I’m in Canada.
The following year, I was invited onstage to reprise that performance: