Sunday, June 2, 2013
My coworker who is white made an observation, "Asians love karaoke." Yes... yes we do. What is it about being trapped in a room for a couple of hours singing poorly, at some points screaming to pop songs that's so addicting? I guess it's an opportunity to perform and act silly and not have to worry about neighbors complaining.
And these two were the stars of the evening. Kevyn doing a near perfect Nikki Minaj rap and Charles doing an enthusiastic Japanese pop song with choreo. It was obvious - these two practiced. But I guess that's what you do when you're stuck in LA traffic for hours. If I can't be a good singer, I can work on my performance - need to work on connecting with the audience when I sing Enrique Iglesias.
Our karaoke place of choice: Max Studio in Little Tokyo. Sneak in alcohol and they will charge you a dollar a head and look away. Just don't destroy their equipment. Remember to put in all-sing songs and follow this rule: you are only allowed one "nobody knows this song" song. Don't waste precious karaoke time with obscurities!! And make sure those shy ones sing too - they are paying for the room too after all.
We are all stars.
Afterwards we celebrate musical success with shared McDonald's fish mcbites on the trunk of someone's car. Mmmmmmmmm/
Empty road realness.
A couple of shots from March's Karaoke event.
I detest Wicked songs, but Sean killed it. He surprised me with his love for musicals.
I've realized that the same Road Trip Songs also make good Karaoke Songs:
Our group manages to sing the following every time:
- Seasons of Love - Rent
- Back Here - BB Mak
- More than Words
- Defying Gravity - Wicked
- A Whole New World - Aladin
- Summer Nights - Grease
- Don't Stop Believing - Journey
- Neyo - Because of You
Artists to remember
- Bon Jovi
- KC and JoJo
- John Legend
And if your neighbors don't mind. Youtube Karaoke is always fun too!