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Friday, December 11, 2009

Sing, Sing a Song

I was on a plane a while back, and the Carpenters version of the Sesame Street song "Sing" came on the audio program ("Sing, sing a song, sing out loud, sing out strong...") I've always loved the clarity, the purity of Karen Carpenter's voice.

Good advice that: Sing.

It doesn't really matter if you're Caruso. Just sing. Do birds think, "I wonder if they'll like it?" No, they just belt it out.

Just sing.

Once, in a restaurant in Tokyo, a woman rose up from her table and started singing an old-time tune a capella. I asked my friend, the restaurant owner, what was up. He said she was making pitch for customers.

She was a lounge singer, I asked? No, she was a karaoke coach.

A what?

It seems that some Japanese see the "karaoke box" as a source of social advancement. She would coach them in a song or two, so they could impress the boss, or the customer, or whomever.

How odd, I said. Wasn't karaoke supposed to be fun?

"Yeah," he replied. "When I go to karaoke, I just sing."

Exactly.

Try it. Just sing. Sing a song. You'll be happier.

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