Drunk singers unite!

Until this past weekend, my experience with karaoke had been exclusively in the privacy of someone’s home or (Korean-style) a room full of friends. Well, a friend of mine took me and my wife to a karaoke place, and even though there were moments of fun, I think I’m going to stick with singing with friends I know can sing. Let me just say that one of the Yelp! reviews for this place includes this snippet:

Now I am not the type of person that usually sings karaoke. i guess i am what you would call tone-deaf, but at Rick’s the people are so supportive and nice, that i feel comfortable going up and singing my little heart out to my favorite go-gos songs!

I didn’t use to think supportive and nice could ever be bad, but now I’m thinking it definitely can be. There were a couple of standouts that night, but most of the performers were of the tone-deaf variety. Maybe I’m going out on a limb here—if you know you’re tone-deaf, please stay at home and sing in the shower… or cough up some dough for voice lessons. Please don’t sing in public. Thank you.

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  1. Is not the point of Karaoke that tone-deaf people can have fun without being judged?

  2. That’s what they made Korean karaoke for.

    In Korean karaoke, you rent a private room with your friends and sing to each other. There’s a screen, a loud sound system, a couple of cozy couches, a coffee table, and spinning lights… but the room is more or less sound-proof, so you don’t have to subject others to your bad singing.

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