I challenged myself to sing 200 different songs during karaoke in 2011. At the end of the year, I estimated I sang about 226 songs at karaoke — that’s about 14 hours of non-stop music. Here’s the list:
I think I did right by many of them, although some were challenging. I sang many of the songs by myself, even the duets, although I preferred a partner.
And, yes, all of them were love songs.
I’m planning to expand this later with thoughts about specific parts of my playlist, but it was a great year to have a song in my heart. I got to meet many new friends, and renew or expand current relationships. I sang in five Chico nightspots, plus locations in Paradise, San Francisco and Salt Lake City. In Oroville, I had a live band backing me and performed on a giant ballroom stage.
Thanks to Spotify, I was able to keep track of the songs (based on my tweets, notes and other recollections). It’s not a complete list because I started it in September. Despite my best efforts, I don’t think I remembered all of the songs. Also, Spotify is pretty good, but not all of my songs were in their library (and sometimes I had to substitute a cover version of the preferred one).
I haven’t started a list for 2012, but if you have a song you’d like me to sing, please let me know in the comments.
Photo: I sing a song at Quackers Bar in north Chico in October 2008. Photo by Olivia Drake.