So I sang karaoke on Thursday night.
It took a while for the party to filter over to the place where the karaoke setup was, so I had plenty of time to ascertain that the huge book of available songs contained AC/DC's "Highway to Hell." I filled out a slip and handed it to the karaoke guy with the caveat that I was NOT going to sing first.
I sang second.
The song was extremely well-received, but considering the hideous caterwauling that most of the other participants were inflicting upon the room, I didn't know how flattered to be by the compliments.
I kept flipping through the songbook trying to find something else I knew and liked, but the selections, although ample, were rather strange. There weren't many songs by hard rock bands and the ones there were often leaned toward the ballad-y or obscure. I couldn't figure out why there was only one Guns 'n Roses song but about ten Alice Cooper songs, including such guaranteed party-stoppers as "The Ballad of Dwight Fry." (Because nothing says, "Aren't we having fun?" like a little ditty about confinement in a mental institution.)
One of my dad's friends came up and suggested that I should sing Melissa Etheridge's "I'm the Only One." I've always liked that song, but since it's not really a style I ordinarily do, I'd never sung it before. I spent some time thinking through the song to make sure I knew how all of the sections went and eventually submitted my name to sing it.
By the time I was called up to sing again, everyone was all extra drunk, so I got to feel like a complete rock star as people cheered through every chorus. I managed to pull off the song pretty well, even though it covers almost my entire singing range. My vocal teacher would have been proud of me for singing something loud and powerful that isn't straight-ahead metal. She's been trying to get me to vary my technique.
I guess I made a lasting impression on my audience because different people kept mentioning my singing the next day. One class even clapped when I came in to give them some paperwork. I guess I'll know who to invite when the band finally starts getting gigs!