The Karaoke Kid

I don't go out much, I pretty much like to hang out on my back patio, drink beer, sip bourbon, smoke cigars, and watch my favorite sports shows on Tivo. You might think that I live a quiet, boring life, but I am plenty happy to just relax when I'm not at work.

However every two weeks I like to get out, kick back a few beers, and belt out a few songs. I like to sing karaoke. I'm not claiming to be a great singer, but unlike many karaoke singers, I can carry a tune.

I used to sing a lot when I was younger and in school. I even was told many times that I looked like Peter Tork of the Monkees. It gives you some idea of how OLD I am, and the songs I sing are pretty much oldies, because I am familiar with them.

There is nothing quite like the adrenaline rush you get, when you can go up in front of a bunch strangers, and just ace the song you are doing.

Bombing, however, is another story. Bombing a song is a very distinct possibility anytime you try out a new song for the first time. There is no rehearsal time, no advance on the key, just sing!

Since I abhor to do the same songs all the time, I put myself at risk quite a bit. Nothing ventured...

I remember that I really wanted to try "Unchain My Heart" by Joe Cocker. I was so afraid of ruining that song, that it took 2 months and 3 shots of tequila, to get me to try it. It was a natural song for me, and now I still sing it from time to time, because it is really a fun song to do.

That's the thing that keeps me coming back, singing is fun. One night every two weeks, I go out and have a few drinks,(I have a designated driver) and sing as if I know how to.

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Comments (5)

  1. Bettymom

    That sounds so wonderful! I’d never have the nerve to get up there by myself, but I’d try a duet. Unfortunately, my voice (which was passable) was ruined when I had my left thyroid gland removed. When I asked the doctor beforehand if I’d be able to sing once he was finished with me, he just laughed – thought I was telling the old joke.

    August 12, 2017
    1. muley12

      Hi Bettymom, so sorry you lost the ability to sing. Your doctor didn’t realize how important singing is to many people.

      August 13, 2017
      1. Bettymom

        What’s worse is, some days I CAN sing, and others I can only croak, and there’s no way to know in advance which way it will behave on any given day.

        August 13, 2017
  2. WalkinOnSunshine

    At least you’re having fun Mike. I’ve been going into the Houston area for the last few months about twice a month. The traffic! Yikes!

    August 16, 2017
    1. muley12

      Hi Dani! I have heard many horror stories about Houston in general. I live in Miami, and I can tell you many of the same horror stories.

      August 17, 2017