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Karaoke Pusher

I love Karaoke.  And it’s not because I’m some great singer.  I just love to sing.  And when it’s done in the privacy of your home in front of the people who know you best, it’s not as scary as you might think.

This Friday we are having our second Decade Karaoke Party.  Not everyone likes Karaoke.  At least that’s what they claim.  So I often have to trick people into singing.  Everyone has an inner rock star, and one of my missions in life is to help people let this part out.  I would have been a great drug dealer, but fortunately I choose to use my powers of influence for good instead of evil.

Here’s how I do it:

  • I start off the party with a hard song and sing it badly.  Not on purpose.  I’m really just not that good.
  • I ask them what kind of song they would sing if they were brave enough to do it.  I have a huge repertoire of songs so there’s a good chance the song will be in there.
  • I suggest that we play the song, just to see what it sounds like.
  • I volunteer to sing it.
  • I have 2 microphones, so I coax them into holding the other mic, or at least touch it, just to see how it feels.
  • I suggest that the whole group sing and that the person hold the mic far away from their mouth and sing quietly.

By the next Karaoke party, they’re usually singing solos.  In fact, one person bought a Karaoke machine and hid it so his wife wouldn’t know that he had become a closet Karaoke singer.  He hosted the first Decade Karaoke Party.

If I could, I would have a Karaoke machine in my office and I would use singing as a therapy technique.  Kind of like what Tracy Ullman did as Ally’s therapist on Ally McBeal.  She made Ally choose a theme song, but I think it’s more important to sing in front of someone.  It’s freeing to know that you can enjoy doing something without worrying about being good at it or looking foolish.

Once you let go of those fears, anything is possible.

About Christy Barongan

I didn't know it at the time, but I wanted to be a psychologist so that I could figure out how to be normal. I think many people come to counseling for the same reason. What I've come to learn is that feeling good about myself is not about trying to be normal. It's about trying to be me. But it's a constant struggle for me, just like it is for everyone else. So I thought I would approach this task with openness and honesty and use myself as an example for how to practice self-acceptance.

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  1. Just wanted to let you know how your blog made me smile today, and I needed that after hitting a curb and getting a flat tire! Looking forward to the next Decade karaoke party.

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  2. I remember when I was in drug rehab we had to sing a song solo at the morning meeting
    I remember singing the theme tune to 'Home and Away'
    I've only sung karaoke once, I wish I could sing but I don't have a note in my head

    Great photos! x

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  3. That sounds like great fun! How does one get an invite to these events? Unfortunately, I'm going to a Cub Scout camp out this Friday, but this is something I would love to do!

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  4. Next party will be open to the public. No singing ability required!

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  5. It's definitely easier to sing Karaoke wearing a wig and makeup!

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  6. Yes, It is a good thing that you are pushing Karaoke then drugs……

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  7. I am also smiling from ear to ear from reading this marvelous blog-post. As someone with a “severe mental illness” I would love to have the option of “singing therapy” offered to me as I can relate totally to everything you mentioned in this blog-post except I only have myself to sing to but have never let that stop me. Hmm I've just had a thought (maybe my awful singing is the reason I only have myself to sing to ) !

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  8. Everyone can sing. Some people just do it better than others. I think of Karaoke as singing for myself but forcing my friends to listen 🙂

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  9. Pingback: Inner Children and Rock Stars | Normal in Training

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