I’m not big on singing. I’ll occasionally sing in the car, but only certain songs and when I’m in the right mood. That said, I never expected I’d do karaoke. If I don’t even like singing that much when I’m by myself, why would I subject myself to singing in public?
Then one of my coworkers arranged a staff karaoke gathering at Voicebox in Portland. I teetered back and forth between going and not going for days, and that internal debate didn’t stop until I arrived at Voicebox. At that point, I didn’t really have a choice, so I stayed. I told myself I could choose not to sing along and I could leave whenever I felt done.
Our playlist included:
- Classic Disney songs (Once Upon a Dream, Part of Your World, Just Can’t Wait to Be King)
- Throwbacks to 90s bands (some NSYNC, some Destiny’s Child, some Spice Girls)
- Bohemian Rhapsody (which had the most acid-trip-inspired lyrics screen)
- I’m on a Boat (which I was partially proud and partially ashamed to know so much better than the rest of them)
- Once Upon a December from Anastasia (only one of my coworkers could actually hit the notes)
- The Safety Dance (the Voicebox employee who set up our room came in to congratulate us on our choice of song)
- Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo (our 2Chainz rap was flawless)
- Mr. Brightside by the Killers (which I think I’ve only sung louder once, at a club in Madrid with my sister)
I ended up having an amazing time dancing and singing with my coworkers. Our playlist was awesome and I’m glad I conquered a bit of my fear of singing in public. The others ended up extending the room reservation another hour, but my voice was too tired to continue. I kept my self-made promise and left when I felt done.
Given that I didn’t expect to enjoy karaoke as much as I did, I highly recommend it if you haven’t ever been before. All you need is a handful of friends and a few dollars, and you have an evening of silliness and bad singing awaiting you.
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