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Inhaltsangabe: In Harold Taw's entertaining, sometimes bawdy, and often moving novel, Adventures of the Karaoke King, readers are quickly pulled into the vortex of the extremes of human emotions: passion, fear, hope, despair, and the longing for redemption and clarity. Guy Watanabe is a thirty-something man who is marginally in touch with his Asian heritage and completely out of touch with his own needs and desires. Recovering from a divorce, Watanabe is unsure of himself and the course his future might take. When he wins a local karaoke contest, he discovers not only a newfound confidence, but the courage to take risks. With the victor's medallion in hand, he seizes the moment...and his life changes dramatically, albeit not as he might have hoped. From a weekend romp with Megumi, a former hooker, comes a physical beating and the loss of his beloved medallion. Stung by this humiliation, and yet able to muster a courage long dormant, his quest begins. From the western states and on to Asia, with a return trip in a shipping container, we follow his wild ride. Will a Korean barmaid be his downfall...or his redemption? Will Billy, a closeted gay man, or Milt, a heavily-armed dwarf, help Guy on his journey? And what about the patricidal Chinese businessman who will stop at nothing to create a global karaoke empire? So many people seeking the light, desperate to attain their dreams. And at the heart of their internal wars is Guy Watanabe's quest for truth, hope, and self-discovery.
Amazon Exclusive: Harold Taw's Karaoke Songs for the Adventurous
Author and karaoke lover Harold Taw was kind enough to compile a selection of his karaoke favorites (from Beck to Van Morrison to Kool and The Gang) for every occasion--and a few to be sure to avoid. You can read Harold's comments on select tracks below, or use our custom MP3 playlist to sample and download your favorite tracks, and read Harold's notes on even more karaoke classics.
Best Songs for Newcomers
"Don’t You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds
You’d have to be tone deaf and suffering from auditory hallucinations to screw this song up. The sheet music for the vocals reads, “monotone.” But it’s a great song and gets extra credit for its association with Molly Ringwald.
"With or Without You" by U2
Any pre-Fly U2 song is a winner, but most demand a vocal range that trips up newbies. This song is the exception. Like Bono swinging the guitar in the music video, you don’t have to do much to look good here. It’s as complex as an Adam Clayton bass line (dum-dum-dum-DUM-DUM-DUM).
"Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison
This song’s so well-written that Krusty the Clown could sing lead vocals and it would still sound great. The only real downside is that you’re likely to hear it several times before the night is through.
Best Karaoke Pick-Up Songs
"Honesty" by Billy Joel
Let’s face it, if you’re in a karaoke bar late on a weeknight, even with a group of friends, you’ve got no one to spoon at home. Then a guy or gal ascends the stage to explain why you’re both so darned lonely: “Everyone is so untrue” (except for the two of you).
"Constant Craving" by k.d. lang
If you’ve ever been to a k.d. lang concert and feared you would be trampled by women with really big key chains, you know this song is a favorite with the ladies. She’s debonair and profound... maybe her coolness can, through association, rub off on you.
"Dreams" by Fleetwood Mac
A hat tip to Brian Raftery, author of Don’t Stop Believin’: How Karaoke Conquered the World and Changed My Life, because I was skeptical about this selection. I’m an enormous Stevie Nicks fan--a "Night Of A Thousand Stevies," Welsh-witch-level fanatic--so the thought of a karaoke performer attempting to replace the 20th Century’s sexiest voice and hair with his or her own kind of pissed me off. Then I tried it. The startled looks and spontaneous applause meant Brian was right.
See all of Harold Taw's Karaoke Songs for the Adventurous
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