If you ask LL, there’s no better way to celebrate a birthday then getting your friends together at a bar and singing karaoke. Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry apparently agrees, as he celebrated his 76th birthday last night at Player’s Lounge (Ok, technically Georgena’s).
Barry’s party did not get in the way of the regularly scheduled Tuesday night karaoke, which provided the night’s soundtrack of Motown, country, and, as you see in the above video, some blues.
After Barry was finished singing T-Bone Walkers’s “Stormy Monday (But Tuesday is Just As Bad),” he asked LL and the Post‘s Tim Craig: “You like my singing?”
LL and Craig both agreed that they did, and LL suggested Barry record an album, an idea the former mayor-for-life appeared to seriously consider. (Paging HBO: release a Barry album when the Spike Lee/Eddie Murphy biopic comes out. Send LL a check for the idea.)
As for turning the big 7-6, Barry gave the crowd a variation of the ol’ age-is-just-a-number routine:
“Somebody asked me the other day, ‘How does it feel to be 76?'” Barry told the crowd. “I said, ‘It feels like it does when I was 50.’ Except I can’t walk as fast, I can’t see as far, but my mind is as sharp as ever. My mind is as sharp as ever. Sharp as ever. My vision is as clear as ever, as big as ever.”