love, karaoke style…

by santoki

rock4.gifAn ever revolving group of us like to head up to the Hidden Cove every now and again for some karaoke. The place is super laid back, lit by beer sign neon, and filled with hipsters, creepy old dudes, and the occasional musical theater types. Only on the rarest occasion will the drunken frat boy belt out “Friends in Low Places,” and it is mainly to the horror of all those in attendance. Happily, most of the performers don’t take themselves very seriously, and everyone is wonderfully supportive. Pretty much, if you ham it up, you will find yourself with groupies gallore!

In any case, I have come up with the keys to a successful karaoke outing:

1. Go in a pack. You need a minimum of three people to make this night fun. Otherwise, one person is sitting alone while you go and indulge in a rock star fantasy. Four is better, as duets might abound, and bonus: you have a built in cheering section.

2. Plan a “go-to” song. Pick one out before you go in, that way you don’t spend all of your time going through the binder. It is usually too big to rifle through for your first tune anyway. Save the browsing for when you really can’t make eye contact with your horribly off key friend.

2.1 Picking your go-to is not as easy as it seems. If you have a good voice, don’t be obvious. I don’t care if you can sing the love theme from Titanic better than Ms. Dion. If there is no irony in it, no one will be amused. Think unexpected. If you are a cute little girl, belt out some Aretha. If you are a big burly dude, nothing brings down the house like “I will survive.”

2.2 80’s tunes are always crowd pleasers. Particularly hair bands, e.g., Bon Jovi, and GNR.
2.3 “Never gonna give, never gonna give.” Rick Astley goes over surprisingly well. Don’t ask.
2.4 Save Sinatra for the end of the night. Preferably after 4 drinks. That’s how he did it.
2.5 Nobody wants to hear another song from Grease.
2.6 Pick something you love.
2.7 Don’t pick Janis. She is mine.

3. Rock out. Get your crew to act as back up dancers, pull out the air harmonica, and go for it. Otherwise, it is just sad.

4. Tip the karaoke DJ. I am sure she would appreciate it after hearing “Son of a Preacher Man” for the 5th time that evening.

5. If you really can’t sing, go for songs that don’t require it, like Gin and Juice, Love Shack, or Devil went Down to Georgia. Just know the words before hand, huh?

6. Accept your applause. Think Martin Short. No false modesty, or post game analysis.

So go and be that Karaoke Star you were meant to be.

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