Singing the night away

Last night, I checked another item off my bucket list. I sang karaoke in public.

Deejay J.T, my pal Jennifer and me.

It all started at Are you familiar with this website? Click the link, select “find a group,” and search to your heart’s content. Whether you’re interested in speaking a foreign language, learning some dance moves, knitting, reading, or bicycling or hiking, chances are there is a group in your area where you can meet like-minded people. And if you don’t see what you’re looking for, you can create your own group. It’s that simple.

Anyway, I discovered Moondance Lounge while I was searching for East Coast swing lessons; I am looking forward to my first dance class there in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I saw that there was a karaoke session scheduled last night; I couldn’t resist. I asked my pal Jennifer if she wanted to join me and she was game. We arrived promptly at 8.

With its positive vibe, friendly staff, delicious food, music of all kinds, and gleaming dance floor, Moondance is my new favorite local place. I ordered a glass of red wine and a crab cake and settled in for some fun. But I know myself; I was afraid if I procrastinated I might talk myself out of singing altogether, so I quickly made my selection and ended up second on the list. I was pretty shaky during that first song, Falling Slowly from the movie Once, but my confidence grew as the night wore on. By the time it was all over, I had also sung Tik Tok and Your Love Is My Drug by Kesha, Hand in Pocket by Alanis Morisette, This Kiss by Faith Hill, and Soak Up the Sun by Sheryl Crow (with Jennifer, above). The crowd was small but supportive. The applause and cheers were enthusiastic. I felt like a rock star.

Looking back, I don’t know why I put this off for so long. And I wonder how many good times I have missed out on because of petty fear. Moving forward, I am going to fight that with everything I have. To quote Mark Twain, I’m going to dance like nobody’s watching; love like I’ve never been hurt; sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth.

Have a great weekend!