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February 15, 2018

Good Enough LIVE Karaoke are playing our 30th and 31st shows of 2018 tonight!

I’ll be playing keys and guitar at the Dakota Tavern from 10pm to 1am with Danny Gorman on guitar, Del Cowsill on bass, and Doug MacGregor on drums. Out in Mississauga at the Lionheart British Pub it’ll be Will Gooch on guitar, Mihoko Koga on keys and guitar, Mike Small on bass and Braeden Craig on drums. Yes! That’s 2 versions of Good Enough LIVE Karaoke playing in 1 night!

We added another 50 songs to our repertoire 2 weeks ago, bringing our total song-list up to 350 songs, and we added another 20 songs for our Valentines Day show at Supermarket last night:

Al Green – Let’s Stay Together*
Bee-Gees – How Deep Is Your Love?
Ben E. King – Stand By Me*
Bryan Adams – (Everything I Do) I Do It For You
Cure – Friday I’m In Love*
Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me*
Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender*
Extreme – More Than Words
Fine Young Cannibals – She Drives Me Crazy
Fleedwood Mac – Landslide*
London Beat – I’ve Been Thinking About You*
Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves A Woman*
Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody*
Roxette – It Must’ve Been Love
Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
Spin Doctors – Two Princes*
Tiffany – I Think We’re Alone Now*
Troggs – With A Girl Like You
Urge Overkill / Neil Diamond – Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon*
Whitney Houston – I Will Alway Love You

We played 12 of the 20 songs (indicated with a *) last night and they all went well, so we’ll be offering the Valentines list at the Dakota tonight too! I did not share this 20-song list with Del Cowsill yet and he’s playing bass tonight (Mike Small was on bass at Supermarket last night), but he knows how to play most Top 10 hits from the early 60’s to late 90’s so it’s probably fine.


We’d hit a wall, and our repertoire had been stuck at around 300 songs for the past 2 years, while we solidified the line-up of musicians in the band (currently sitting at 14 members) strengthened our chops and worked on the songs we had, but after playing 178 shows last year and averaging 20 shows-per-month since August 2017, it’s feeling like the time is now to rapidly add a bunch more songs to our list. Our goal is to have 500 songs on our list by the beginning of May. #goodenough500

It’s Been Awhile

October 12, 2017

2017 has a been a banner year for Good Enough LIVE Karaoke! We’ll be celebrating our 4-year anniversary in early December, and I expect we’ll have played 175 shows from beginning of January to end of December this year. We’re at 131 shows for the year right now.

In honour of our upcoming 4 year anniversary I’ve put together this collection of photos that track the bands history together.

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Double The Pleasure, Double The Fun

March 22, 2017

We tried an experiment a couple weeks ago. On March 10th, Maurie Kaufman, Danny Gorman and Mike Small and I had a Good Enough LIVE Karaoke show at Doogie’s in Guelph, which we often do on Fridays the past 6 months, but I was also approached to help round out a 2nd annual David Bowie Tribute called Stardust To BlackStar II at the Garrison scheduled for the same night.


I don’t like turning down gigs, or saying no to Shaun Bowring, so I made some calls and enlisted longtime GELK vets Del Cowsill, Craig Mailman and Eric Woolston who’ve each played over 100 shows with me over the past 3 years, + more recent recruit Ruhee Dewji (she’s only played about 10 shows so far) on sax and keys, + brand new recruit (and Mike Small’s roommate) Jeff Dixon on guitar to play the Bowie tribute. We were asked to pull together 15 to 20 Bowie songs for members of the audience to sing on fairly short notice, but the crew I assembled pulled it together!! It was the first GELK show in the history of the band that I didn’t play, BUT it was still me who coordinated it, and I had confidence in my players that they’d pull it off. All reports that I heard back were that it went over really well.


A month from now on April 22nd, we’re taking it a step further, playing 2 full-repertoire GELK shows at once. Jesse, Mike, Maurie and I will be playing a student union awards show after party at the University of Waterloo, while Del, Craig, Fraser McEvoy, Danny and Ruhee play the Gladstone Hotel. We’ll have 2 bands each billed as Good Enough LIVE Karaoke playing in 2 different cities at once! After breaking in so many musicians to accommodate the number of shows I keep booking, to work around everyone’s availability and interest, I now have enough members to form 2 full bands each with a very very solid lineup! I’m curious to see where this new development will take us.

In case anyone asks, the current official membership of Good Enough LIVE Karaoke is:

  1. Tim McCready – keys, guitar
  2. Jesse Bellon – guitar
  3. Craig Mailman – bass
  4. Fraser McEvoy – drums
  5. Maurie Kaufman – guitar, drums
  6. Del Cowsill – bass, guitar, drums
  7. Eric Woolston – drums
  8. Danny Gorman – guitar
  9. Mike Small – bass
  10. Ruhee Dewji – saxophone, flute, keys

I like to imagine us as the Wu-Tang Clan of live karaoke bands. It’s like an exclusive club or gang as much as it is a band. I reserve the right to sub in additional players when needed, but the 10 of us listed are the core group of musicians I draw on when I’m scheduling gigs. I feel very fortunate to have them all in my life.

Tears Dry On Their Own

March 20, 2017

Good Enough LIVE Karaoke are performing a tribute show on Wednesday to Amy Winehouse’s album Back To Black. It’s not actually a live karaoke night because Michelle Treacy is singing the whole album, but whatever, read the fine print. I’m not going to have a bunch of wildly different names for the same band just because we’re doing something different here and there. My events are always about the details.


Craig, Jesse, Fraser and I have done a learned a number of albums over the past 2 or 3 years, each performed live only once each. We’ve done Minor Threat – First Two 7″‘s, Minor Threat – Out Of Step, Descendents – Milo Goes To College, Buck 65 – Neverlove, Pearl Jam – Ten, Nirvana – Nevermind, Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill, and THIS time we’re doing Amy Winehouse – Back To Black featuring Michelle Treacy on vocals! We’ve also added Patric McGroarty on trumpet, Ruhee Dewji on baritone sax and flute, and Maurie on guitar.


I was interviewed in the current issue of NOW Magazine, currently on the street around Toronto! Hooray I’m famous now, for something other than throwing house parties!!


Yes I’m Changing

February 5, 2017

I’ve decided to add lite weight training to my routine, to go along with my daily 5km runs, so I set up my weight bench in the spare bedroom upstairs.


Good Enough LIVE Karaoke played at Doogie’s in Guelph on Friday night, and to a sold out crowd at Junction City Music Hall on Saturday night which was our 12th show of 2017!


Next Friday we’re up at Heartwood Concert Hall in Owen Sound for the 3rd time, and playing a private party at a curling club in Sarnia on Saturday Feb 11th.


It feels like playing 3 or 4 hours a night (2 or 3x a week) ain’t no thang anymore. + “What song are we playing next?” OR “Hmm, that’s not on our song-list is it? You guys heard it before? Whatever, let’s wing it” It’s what we do. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


Now if I can just add 2 or 3 hours/day of practicing and reviewing songs on keys and guitar then we’ll really be in business.

New Rose

February 1, 2017

I’m back from Las Vegas! I lost $200 or $300 (who’s counting) playing blackjack this year which totally sucked, but what can you do? Stop playing blackjack? Here’s a picture Nobu took of me bug-eyed and shitfaced after 4 tiki drinks at Frankie’s. Getting some sun for a few days did me some good.


Tonight we’re launching Good Enough PUNK Karaoke at the Baby G. It’ll happen the first Wednesday of every month. I’ve got a total of 9 shows currently scheduled for this month (including shows in Guelph, Owen Sound and Sarnia), but the song-list for tonight is totally separate from our regular Good Enough LIVE Karaoke repertoire. Our working definition of “punk” for the night has as much to do with the era it was made as it does with how it sounds. It’s my personal definition, I’ve got my reasons, and nobody else has to agree with me. We’ve tried to stick between 1969 to 1985…because that’s what we’re doing. Here’s the song-list:

Bad Brains – Pay To Cum
Bauhaus – Bela Legosi’s Dead
Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl
Black Flag – Drinking and Driving
Black Flag – Nervous Breakdown
Black Flag – Rise Above
Black Flag – TV Party
Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone
Blondie – Call Me
Blondie – Heart Of Glass
Blondie – One Way Or Another
Blondie – Tide Is High
Buzzcocks – Ever Fallen In Love
The Clash – I Fought The Law
The Clash – London Calling
The Clash – Should I Stay Or Should I Go
Cramps – Bikini Girls With Machine Guns
Cramps – Fever
Cramps – Goo Goo Muck
Cramps – Human Fly
Crass – Do They Owe Us A Living?
Cure – Boys Don’t Cry
Damned – Neat Neat Neat
Damned – New Rose
David Bowie – Jean Genie
David Bowie – Rebel Rebel
David Bowie – Suffragette City
David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
Dead Boys – Sonic Reducer
Dead Kennedys – California Uber Alles
Dead Kennedys – Too Drunk To Fuck
Dead Milkmen – Nutrition
Descendents – Bikage
Devo – Mongoloid
English Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom
Exploited – Punks Not Dead
Fear – I Don’t Care About You
Fear – New Yorks Alright If You Like Saxophones
Flipper – Sex Bomb
Flipper – Way Of The World
Gang Of Four – Damaged Goods
Generation X – Dancing With Myself
GG Allin – Bite It You Scum
Iggy Pop – Nightclubbing
Iggy Pop – The Passenger
Joan Jett – I Love Rock And Roll
Joy Division – Love will tear us apart
Joy Division – Control
Joy Division – Transmission
Joy Division – Atmosphere
MC5 – Kick Out The Jams
Minor Threat – Filler
Misfits – Hybrid Moments
Misfits – Last Caress
Misfits – She
Misfits – Where Eagles Dare
New York Dolls – Personality Crisis
Lou Reed – Perfect Day
Lou Reed – Vicious
Patti Smith – Because The Night
Patti Smith – Frederick
Patti Smith – Gloria
Ramones – Blitzkreig Bop
Ramones – I wanna be sedated
Ramones – rock and roll high school
Ramones – do you wanna dance
Ramones – Judy Is A Punk
Ramones – I wanna be your boyfriend
Ramones – pet cemetery
Replacements – Androgynous
Replacements – Bastards Of Young
Richard Hell and the Voidoids – Blank Generation
Runaways – Cherry Bomb
Runaways – Roadrunner
Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the UK
Sex Pistols – EMI
Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
Sex Pistols – Holiday In The Sun
Sham 69 – If The Kids Are United
Siouxsie And The Banshees – Hong Kong Garden
Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog
Stooges – No Fun
Stooges – Search and Destroy
Stooges – TV Eye
Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalized
Suicide – Ghost Rider
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place
Talking Heads – Road To Nowhere
Teenage Head – Picture My Face
Television – Marquee Moon
T Rex – 20th Century Boy
T Rex – Children Of The Revolution
T Rex – Get It On (Bang A Gong)
Undertones – Teenage Kicks
Velvet Underground – Run Run Run
Velvet Underground – Sweet Jane
Velvet Underground – Waiting For My Man
Violent Femmes – Add It Up
Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun
X-Ray Spex – Oh Bondage Up Yours
XTC – Making Plans For Nigel
Wipers – Telepathic Love
Wire – Ex-Lion Tamer