Playing Karaoke is like Having Free Singing Lessons


Free Singing Lessons

Free Singing Lessons

My nephew got a karaoke system for his birthday. He was happy because now he could sing. Hooray. He opened presents, after which we had cake. We sang “Happy Birthday” and I realized why I could use some free singing lessons when we used my nephew’s new karaoke system.



Singing the Blues

To be frank, I sang terribly. My key was way off, and my range isn’t that of a 12 year-old virginal adolescent. I couldn’t sing, and after the song was finished, I honestly thought the room was going to fall apart people were laughing so hard.

The night wore on and the karaoke came out and people were laughing and singing. I felt stupid and dejected. I am a smart man with a PhD. I teach philosophy at an accredited university, I’ve worked with the greatest scholars in the world, and I can’t sing “Happy Birthday” without looking a fool.


The Gift of the Magi

So it came to be that it was my niece’s birthday – daughter of the same sister. The spring had passed from Richie’s birthday to this one in July, and I hadn’t sung a single tune since my past public atrocity. Everything was going along swimmingly until we got to the last part of the song when my niece pointed to me as said, “Sing it!”

I was in the spotlight and I wanted out. I opened my mouth, and someone in the back of the room shouted, “No! Please don’t do it again!” Then another screamed, “Someone give him free singing lessons!”


A New Tomorrow

The whole room erupted and once again, I was the fool. A man of less Machiavellian leanings would shrug it off, but I demanded justice, and went to my niece and nephew with a proposition: Teach me to sing!

We started using the karaoke system every week, twice a week, for four months until my sister’s youngest had her birthday. And I sang. And it was glorious! The free singing lessons had paid off. And, with my family around me, oh did I ever sing.


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