The lecturer is a local art curator who happens to really enjoy karaoke. He would talk a little about authenticity, ownership and participation and then invite someone (a ringer) to sing something they had worked out beforehand. It was fun. Before and after the lecture it was just regular karaoke. I didn't do it. I was shy.
But, later in the evening, the lecturer got up and said that someone had signed up for "Stroking". Wow, it true. It is in the book and someone does want to sing it. He announced that he does not allow that song to be performed. He was sorry, but the person who requested it is free to request another song.
Well. I can't say I didn't see it coming.