Amidst all the drama, trauma, tears, angst and unrequited love we put our characters through, sometimes we like to let them let loose to have a little fun. So it was that six of the characters in book 3 have a great night out at a karaoke bar!
We had a lot of fun researching the top 50 karaoke hits of all time, and then proceeding to work out which songs we would sing at a karaoke bar (Caro says she wouldn’t but we all know how well she sings, so maybe a field trip for research is on the cards in the not-so-distant future!).
We decided against such gems as ‘Born in the USA’ (Caro and Bruce Springsteen are not the best of chums), ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon’ (utterly too cheesy) the TNMT theme (heroes in a half-shell may not resonate with people of a certain age) ‘I’m Mandy fly me’ by 10CC (I’d never heard it), Barry Manilow’s ‘Mandy’ (also too cheesy) ‘S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT!’ by Bay City Rollers – too repetitive, anything by One Direction, the Macarena, These Boots are Made For Walking – good fun but done to death. We liked A Whiter Shade of Pale, The Night Chicago Died, Born to be Wild, Love Shack, The Lion Sleeps Tonight and various others but discarded them as being actually too hard to sing. Well, the choruses were easy enough but neither of us knew the verses…
We then tormented some of my children with various songs – if they were lucky, it was YouTube, but many of them were sung by us. Do you know they hadn’t heard Dreadlock Holiday by 10CC until we played it for them? Clearly a lack in their musical education!
To find out what the men sing, what the women sing, and what they sing together you’ll have to buy the book when it comes out!!
In the meantime, Caro and I have picked our go-to karaoke songs. Caro would take on Alison Moyet’s ‘That Old Devil Called Love’. I would go for ‘Total Eclipse of the Heart’ by Bonnie Tyler, which I would do very badly, or Bohemian Rhapsody, which I would do even more badly.
Or maybe my current ear worm, not something to be easily sung on a karaoke night, but I reckon I could have go (the children are cringing at the mere thought)!…