Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Remote Control

I have a friend, who shall remain Nameless, who has a problem. His problem is this: when he goes to sing karaoke, once he gets his hand on the remote to punch in a song, he cannot stop at one. Sometime there are 3 or 4 songs put in at once, mostly under the rationale that these are songs "for the whole room to sing." Now i love, Nameless, I do, but this is a problem. He is something of a Remotaholic. Just like an Alckie can't take just one drink he can't pick just one song. I feel there is a courtesy rule of karaoke that you put one song in and then pass the remote to someone else so that song distribution is even among party members. If someone else puts in a song after you and asks you to duet, that is also acceptable. But then you have to give it a rest.

What should not happen is this: Nameless sings a song, everyone appaluds, a new song comes on , the whole room gets confused and says "wait... who put this song in?" and then Nameless says "oh, it's mine again!" UNACCEPTABLE!

I don't know why this makes me so irrationally angry but it turns out I'm not alone. I recently read an article about people being killed in Eastern Asia at karaoke bars for singing certain songs over and over again. You can read all about it here.

In conclusion, karaoke can be dangerous. Change up your song choices, don't always sing the same favorites. And sometimes it's best to just put down the remote. Listen to someone else belt out The Theme From Ice Castles or Baby got Back. A little courtesy can go a long way. And on the flip side, if you know someone is a Remotaholic, try to be understanding without enabling. It could save a life!

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