Last Sunday during choir practice, our director handed out invitations to a choir party. This wasn't just any kind of party, either. It was going to be at a new place in town called The Karaoke Cafe. Well, let's just say they had me, right then and there. I do love karaoke, and I don't even have to get drunk to participate. Just hand me a microphone, and turn on a Karen Carpenter song, and I'm the superstar I always pretended to be.
So Friday evening, my pal Marianne and I met up with everyone at the Karaoke Cafe. And immediately, I was in karaoke heaven. This is no amateur establishment. They must have about 5,000 songs to choose from, and there's even a DJ who spins the tunes and calls out the singing order. And it really is a cafe, so there are burgers and fries and drinks you can order. I even knocked back a couple of raspberry lemonades.
The place was pretty packed, and everyone was really enjoying themselves. It's a family joint, so there were even little kids who got up and riffed on the latest from Taylor Swift and Avril Lavigne. I only sang on a couple of numbers - one being "Close To You", by the aforementioned Carpenter's (an Edwards family favorite). I happened to look into the other room while I was up there, and it was pretty sweet to see some couples out there dancing while I sang. Later, several of us from the choir even got up to sing "Take a Chance on Me" - really, who can resist ABBA?
Three hours later - yep, three hours, we finally left. We were both pooped, and I'd spent my voice in singing along with everyone else. But I hope all my friends are prepared, because my birthday's coming up in May, and I'm giving advance warning that this may just be where I need to celebrate.