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Tales from a Babysitting Lolo: Day 3


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Karaoke King


Nineteen-year-old Miguel was known throughout the city for his unique talent—a master of dance, he can moonwalk like Michael Jackson, and gyrate like Elvis Presley. But there was one catch: Miguel cannot sing a tune.

Miguel’s feet had an uncanny way of tapping to the rhythm of any song that played, much to the delight of his friends and family. He dances effortlessly, carrying an energy that would light up any room. But as soon as he opened his mouth to sing, he can’t do it to save his life. His voice was a monotone—a flat and unchanging note that stretched like an unending drone.

Despite his singing struggles, Miguel’s passion for music never waned. Jovially known as Karaoke King, he would often be found at the heart of every karaoke pub in the city. With a microphone close to his lips, he’d sing his heart out—or rather, recite lyrics like spoken poetry. His friends found his performances both amusing and endearing.

Little did anyone know, Miguel’s family had its own unique musical legacy. His mother, Cecilia, had been a renowned choir conductor at the local Protestant church for years. Her voice could soar to the highest notes, captivating the congregation with its power and beauty.

Cecilia had noticed Miguel’s talent from an early age and recognized his struggles with singing. But she refused to let her son’s limitations define him. She encouraged his love for dance and taught him to channel his passion into his movements. While she supported his musical endeavors, she never let him forget the importance of music’s emotional expression.

One evening, at the city fiesta, Miguel found himself on the plaza’s stage once again, microphone in hand. This time, however, something was different. As he looked out into the crowd, he saw his mother in the front row. A surge of newfound determination welled within him.

He closed his eyes, imagining his mother’s melodic voice guiding him. He initiated his motion—his feet gracefully sliding across the stage, his hips swaying akin to the fluid moves of Jabbawockeez.

And then, with the mic close to his lips, he unleashed his rap, a fusion of Snoop Dogg’s swagger and Drake’s lyrical finesse, all delivered in his distinctive powerful monotone. The audience surged to their feet, caught in a collective trance, their heads bouncing and arms waving with each resounding thump of the beat.

Upon the culmination of his gig, his mother’s eyes were moist with tears of pride.  She ascended the stage to embrace him. “Son,” she affectionately whispered, “you’ve found your own melody—a melody that speaks to the heart.”

And so, in the city where music and passion intertwined, Miguel became a legend in his own right. His tale is a reminder that sometimes, it’s not about having the perfect voice or hitting the right notes—it’s about finding the unique melody within, the melody that resonates with the heart.


Author’s email: efren.padilla@csueastbay.edu



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