How to Feel Good About Your Singing Ability or...?

Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
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Trip End Mar 28, 2010


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Flag of China  , Beijing,
Friday, February 26, 2010

Can you guess the topic?  It's "karaoke"!  Yes, the beloved evening activity which usually involves alcohol. Now in China, this is one of the most popular pastimes.  While most of the Western world goes to the local pub or bar, the Chinese like to hop into a room and sing their hearts out.  To be honest, I had been avoiding the karaoke experience for quite some time... not because I can't sing but because... well, it seemed cheesy.  Finally, after going on two occasions (one with foreigners, another mixed foreigners/locals group), I can give some deliberation.

What I liked:
- Songs available > who knows if it is all legally purchased (most likely not), but there is an impressive number of songs which one can pick - Chinese and English.  Too bad the good ones don't get picked often enough.
- Food and drinks > it's cool that you can eat and drink while you sing.  And sometimes, you need it because singing takes a lot of energy.
- Being with friends > no matter what you do sometimes being with friends is enough.  Even terrible singing can be fun.  Ok, well I still have my limits...

What I didn't like:
- Song selection > depending on how your group is... this could go well or horrible.  Let's say I am 1/2.  The first time was good... the second... ugh, was almost torture.
- Cramped room > both times, we filled the room beyond the fire department's recommendation.  Not only was this uncomfortably sweaty, it meant that some people had to stand.  I guess the crowd atmosphere can make it feels like a min-concert.  And people smoking didn't help with the fresh air either. =/
- Bad singing > ok, I accept that most people can't sing well... including myself.  BUT there are certain things you can do to avoid showing it.  1)  don't pick a song too far out of your range 2) pick one that people know so they can sing along  3)  don't sing as loud as you can into the echo-y mic... although this may be a lost cause because being drunk does interfere with the judgment side of the brain.

So which song did I pick?  "American Boy"  Yep... I did the rap, haha.  That's my song, yo.
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