Okay, so after yesterday's story about my audition fuck up with a song from the musical Chess, I teased about doing something similar with a Lenny Kravitz song. I wont keep you in suspense any longer!
It was some time around '95 or '96 and I had an audition for the European tour of the musical Fame. As mentioned, I have a rock voice and had a few good Bon Jovi and Aerosmith tunes in my repertoire. Even a Journey one or two. Fuck you if you act like you're too cool for Journey or Bon Jovi. You know you love them. I would often bump the Lenny Kravitz CD in my CD player. Yes, I know it was released in late '93, but that shit was still rockin'. I got the sheet music for the song "Are You Gonna Go My Way" and figured I'd rehearse it and eventually use it as another rock piece. Well, I never got around to rehearsing. You all know the song, but if not...take a few to rock out.
Listen to that hard guitar and kickin' percussion. Sweet! So, the audition for Fame comes around and I'm trying to figure out what I want to sing. I bring my Bon Jovi music with me. I also had the Lenny Kravitz music in my book as well. As I sat there, I thought, "I should just sing the Kravitz song. Whatever, I know it and can rock that shit!". Mind you, I never rehearsed it with piano. I only sang it along to the actual song or in the shower. Sure, I thought I rocked the shit out of it and felt I knew it well, but still.
I go into the audition room and introduce myself and give the pianist the sheet music. I've heard piano players rock out songs, so I was expecting some hard pounding or something. Remember that awesome hard guitar at the top of the song? Well, what came out was basically the piano player hitting one key at a time and literally sounding like "doo-doodle-loot doot doot doo. doo-doodle-loot doot doot doo." So, instead of me belting out in my best rock voice, I started crooning the song almost. Imagine Frank Sinatra singing, "I was born, long ago. Hey...I'm the chosen I'm the one."
Embarrassing and needless to say, not what they were looking for. I grabbed my music and walked out in shame. Suddenly, I remembered the Chess audition and Ron LaRosa quote and smacked myself in the head confirming that I was indeed an idiot.
Moral of the story: Practice! Practice! Practice! Or even simpler....don't be a cocky jackass.