We have it on good authority that Seattle Times Executive Editor David Boardman was at a bar called Recessions in downtown Washington, D.C., on Friday night, where he delivered what's being described as a "pretty awesome" karaoke rendition of Bob Marley's iconic track "No Woman, No Cry."
From Denver, Colo., where he's due to see the nearly-impossible-to-karaoke Chris Cornell and the rest of Soundgarden perform at Red Rocks Amphitheater, Roman writes:
"No Woman No Cry" is a great selection that has the potential to bring the house down, but it's sneaky tough. Marley's got a deceptively great vocal range. I haven't seen anyone nail it yet. Drunk dudes that are too chicken to take the stage solo like to pair up to that one. They butcher the shit out of it every time.
I learned to lay off of it years ago. It was way tougher than I thought it would be. I started out singing it high but it was so far out of my range I had to bail and take it down an octave (a move in karaoke that basically means you're admitting defeat)."
Our source inside the Beltway tells us that Boardman avoided the frequent and unwelcome trap of attempting to sing Marley with a Jamaican accent. He also is apparently no stranger to the karaoke microphone, and has something of a passion for the art.
So perhaps a challenge is in order: Times versus Weekly, with Boardman and Roman each captaining a team of their respective publication's three best singers. Loser (as judged by the audience) picks up the tab.