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Grab a mic - it's National Karaoke Week!

Grab a mic - it's National Karaoke Week!

Some of you already read "karaoke" and were instantly enthralled, while others were likely just as instantly...mortified. Such is the nature of karaoke it seems. For many of the extroverts out there, it's a perfect way to blow off steam, recite your fave tunes and just have fun. For the more introverted among us, karaoke exists on the polar opposite end of the fun spectrum: it can be daunting, nauseating and downright fear-inducing. Regardless of where on the spectrum that you consider karaoke lies, I'm here to tell you that it is officially National Karaoke Week and it's our duty to brush off those golden pipes and sweet melodies that you hold within you.

I didn't always have such a bright opinion of the pastime, no sir. I'll be honest: I used to hate it...well, what I knew of it. Which wasn't much.

All I can remember were a couple humiliating moments at some overcrowded bars in college that involved persistent urging of friends that I stand petrified in front of what seemed like thousands of rowdy on-lookers, shaky voice and beads of sweat in full force. (In retrospect, attendance was probably no more than about 50 people...alas, our memories embellish a bit, don't they?) It was nothing more than a frightening exercise in embarrassment and blushing.

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And then, years later, having avoided karaoke bars like the plague, I met my wife, who after a few dates revealed that one of her favorite activities with friends is karaoke. "Of course..." I thought to myself. "Everything was going so well - there had to be a catch." And this was no small one. However, this was one special woman and I'd have done just about anything to continue dating her...so, I embraced my fears and humbling memories of the mic and headed to do karaoke with her and some friends.

Well, little did I know (and, boy, I wish I had years earlier) that there are karaoke bars and karaoke rooms (or, as they're occasionally called: karaoke boxes). All I had ever know were karaoke bars with the eyes and smirks of strangers abounding. What my wife, Kim, knew from time in Japan and here in New York City were karaoke rooms. And what a difference there is. Surrounded by friends and no one else, you're free to belt-it-out, laugh, eat, drink and enjoy to your heart's delight...without the judgement ofothers.

I was staggered and I was having a BLAST. Journey, Dave Matthews Band, The Beatles and more were pouring forth. I never knew karaoke could be so much fun! Disclosure: That's right, I have my lovely wife to thank for opening my eyes up to karaoke ;)

So, whether you love the public forum of a karaoke bar or enjoy the intimacy and friendliness of karaoke rooms, there's a karaoke flavor for all. If you're a pro, get out there this week and let loose and if you're like I used to be - fearful and dismissive of the hobby - give the karaoke rooms a try. You might just be surprised to find yourself, as I am now, constantly looking for an excuse to fit in an hour or two of karaoke.

Celebrating

If you're looking to celebrate this week, here are a few ways:

Your jams

Here are some of your go-to karaoke songs, too. Be sure to consider these classics as you celebrate this week!

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Sing on, superstars, sing on...

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