I believe I’ve mentioned before that Beth and I are karaoke junkies. Now, usually, when karaoke is mentioned, most people groan and say that they would have to be drunk to get up onstage and sing. This is not the case for Beth and myself. In fact, Beth mentioned last night that any student of Human Nature should walk into a bar on any night, sit back with a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage and observe. We subscribe to the belief that you don’t need to be drunk to have a good time.

With that said, let’s talk about our rules for karaoke. They aren’t difficult, in fact, I think you’ll find them to be quite simple.

Rule #1 – It takes a lot of guts to get up and sing. If someone is pouring out their soul onstage, please have the common courtesy to make sure they can be heard. While it may be great fun for you and your buddies to discuss past football games or have an argument with your girlfriend at the top of your lungs, not everyone cares, okay? If we didn’t like karaoke, if we didn’t want to witness it being performed, we wouldn’t go to a karaoke bar. Okay? I certainly don’t come here for the Diet Coke.

Rule #2 – No matter how bad the person singing is, they deserve applause. You don’t have to give them a standing ovation, you don’t have to hoop and holler, just clap, okay?

Rule #3 – This is actually more of a suggestion. If you know you suck, are really drunk or have never sang in public before and want to try singing, you may want to pick a song that everyone knows and loves. Some suggestions are any of the Dixie Chicks more bouncy songs, “Cecelia,” “Build Me Up, Buttercup” and anything by Neil Diamond. Neil Diamond rocks.

See? Simple, straight to the point and makes it fun for everyone.