National Karaoke Week doesn't start until Sunday, but we've been mulling over our seven-days-of-singing options for months. Should we do Joan Jett or Lita Ford? Van Halen or Van Hagar? Justin Bieber or... wait, no, never mind.
The point is, we're looking forward to next week. We're not going to keep a diary of our crazy singing shenanigans like we did last year, but we're definitely going to make the most of our mic time.
That's why we're excited that St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay is singing the same tune!
In the prologue to this week's mini poll, which was published Thursday, Slay says that "karaoke is a popular St. Louis pastime, with dozens of bars, restaurants, clubs, and lounges offering patrons a chance to sing their hearts out on a weekly or nightly schedule." The mayor also claims that "a lively karaoke culture reflects our vibrant local music scene."
It's like our brains are in harmony, Mayor! Heck, even the more theatrical members of the St. Louis Cardinals might agree!
Slay's poll goes on to ask St. Louis residents about the world's most annoying inventions, popular karaoke songs and bars that have hosted readers' memorable versions of "Baby Got Back" and "Daydream Believer." As of Thursday evening, only ten percent of poll participants hate karaoke machines (honestly, some of us karaoke DJs do, too, but probably for different reasons). Most respondents have been to a karaoke bar, with popular locations being Tom's Bar & Grill and Mangia Italiano. They also belt out "Somewhere over the Rainbow" and "Love Shack" when they're in the mood.
And what gets everybody through the night? "Plentiful beverages," according to 54 percent. We like these people.
But how does Slay get his songbird kicks? And where might we find him crooning?
Continue for Slay's answers.