Karaoke allows us all a moment in the spotlight whether on stage, with your friends, or in a very private room by yourself. A karaoke “anthem” is a preferred song. The one you go to every time because it’s familiar, or because you love it, or to impress somebody with your performance. Even if you aren’t confident in your own singing abilities, it can be fun to do karaoke. Why is that? At the Workshop, we talk a lot about making the classroom a “safe” space for young people to express themselves. Only once a student feels comfortable sharing their creative choices will they be able to fully participate in the art form, whatever it may be. There’s something about the performance of karaoke that makes it a safe space for most people. No matter what happens, as long as you’re having fun your audience will appreciate it. You can listen to past, present and favorites from Workshop karaoke parties, here.

What is your karaoke anthem?

  • Beverly, Individual Giving Manager – The Mamas and The Papas “California Dreamin’” It’s the only song that allows me to sing and jump around and rock out at the same time.
  • Karena, Program Director – “California Dreamin’” The Mamas and The Papas.
  • Larry, Program & Administrative Assistant – “Walk On By” Dionne Warwick. Every knows it. Every sings along and it’s not Journey or Total Eclipse of the Heart.
  • Anne, Program & Communications Manager – “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” when we did holiday karaoke at the Workshop with costumes I had a perfect blond wig. I’m thinking about doing “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac, because I have a not so secret desire to make people cry.
  • Ivy, Finance & Operations Manager – “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles. Easy time.