I was asked to perform a corporate show for a well-known air conditioning company in Sydney, Australia. One of my hypnotised performers was a Filipino man. I asked him who his favorite performer was. He said Frank Sinatra. So I hypnotised him to believe that he, the Filipino man, was Frank for the next two days. They later told me that they could not stop laughing, because for two days he was singing Frank Sinatra songs and signing autographs.
“I Did It My Way” was a hit for Frank Sinatra in 1969. It is still a hit in the Philippines where it is sung in Karaoke and Videoki Bars everywhere. For some unknown reason the incidence of people being attacked and killed while singing this song is high. Opinions differ over whether the possible connection is due to the coincidence that the song was simply frequently sung amid the nation’s karaoke bars where violence is common or to the aggressive lyrics of the song itself.
“The lyrics evoke feelings of pride and arrogance in the singer, as if you’re somebody when you’re really nobody. It covers up your failures. That’s why it leads to fights,” said Butch Albarracin, the owner of Center for Pop, a Manila-based singing school.
The song has been removed from Manila Karaoke machines to avoid the killings, which still occur arcoss the country from time-to-time.
On May 29, 2007, a Filipino karaoke singer at a bar in Manila was shot dead as he sang “My Way”, by the bar’s security guard. The guard complained that the rendition was off-key, and when the victim refused to stop singing, the guard pulled out a .38-caliber pistol and shot him dead.
Having heard people singing in these Manila bars using high-powered amplifiers, late into the night, I can understand how some people might be driven to kill the out-of-tune singer.