Annie is a Karaoke-aholic
She appreciates loud patterns and even louder activities.
Growing up, knitting whiz Annie Larson was all about the music. “When I was in high school, I was in the band. I was first-chair saxophone. I was a drum major. I was a student accompanist. I played piano for 12 years, and I almost went to college for piano performance,” the 27-year-old Minneapolis designer explains. It turns out the skills she picked up in music translate directly to her design work. “I have compared knitting to playing the piano—the physical relationship that you have with an instrument,” Annie says. “The machine I use sort of resembles a keyboard, too, and there’s the way that you use your fingers in pre-orchestrated, planned-out motions.” These days, though, she mostly shows off her musical talent through her devout dedication to karaoke—as in, for two years, she went every Friday. Here, she speaks from experience.
Annie (right), in the zone
On mixing things up:
“My friends and I really pride ourselves on always trying to pick different songs and repeating as little as possible. So, yeah, I don’t really have a signature song. I’ve sung a lot of songs.”
On killing it:
“One of my best performances of all time was ‘Give Me One Reason’ by Tracy Chapman, and I’ve had others tell me that my version of ‘Rocky Raccoon’ by the Beatles is really good. The thing is, I’m not even a very good singer, but I’m very enthusiastic—and serious. I take it very seriously when I do it.”
In a few extra-special (and extra-bizarre) costumes
On the appeal:
“I work at home and spend a lot of time by myself, so sometimes I’m in the mood to embrace that more performative part of my personality. I like activities, and it’s fun to be able to go out and do something that’s specific. There’s a tradition aspect of it, too. And I just like singing.”
On songs she wants to sing that no bar ever has:
“‘Honey Pie’ by the Beatles, ‘This Must Be the Place (Native Melody)’ by the Talking Heads, ‘Pepper’ by the Butthole Surfers, ‘Dear Yoko’ by John Lennon, ‘Brokedown Palace’ by the Grateful Dead.”
One of the designer’s dynamic creations.
On getting the crowd going:
“I saw this woman do a Tina and Ike Turner song once, and she had three backup dancers and a choreographed number. I thought that was really great. So I think about stage presence, choosing songs to motivate people to get up and dance.”
On taking her show on the road:
“I sang ‘Escapade’ by Janet Jackson at Pianos in New York—yes, the song where she shouts out to Minneapolis.”
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Images courtesy of Annie Larson