First Karaoke

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.

karaoke 2Our 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)

karaoke 3I did so much singing that my voice was exhausted after the first hour but I continued for another 1.5 hours. I have no idea how I managed to not lose my voice, but I’m definitely grateful I didn’t.

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. 


This is the third entry in my “Firsts” series. I’ve also written about about my first pizza delivery and my first VidCon.

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12 thoughts on “First Karaoke

  1. I’ve never done a karaoke like this but have gone to karaoke bars and have actually won a karaoke competition when I lived in Saudi. I’m not a great singer, but you will be hard pressed to find anyone more entertaining while he’s pretending to be awesome.

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  3. Glad you enjoyed karaoke and had a good time stepping out of your comfort zone! Even though I kind of detest the 2Chainz rap in “Talk Dirty,” I feel like it would be quite amusing to watch in karaoke form.

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