I have to admit, one thing I never expected to learn about Paraguayans is that they have an undying love of KARAOKE! I think I have sang more karaoke in the last month than EVER before in my life! (Which might have included three times over the last 25 years.) We’ve been to at least 3 different “singing bars” and then recently had a Karaoke party at one of our coworkers homes for her birthday.
Now here’s the thing about being the only American at these events, I speak English. I “know” the English songs, so everyone wants to hear me sing them. Of course if I knew the songs they all got excited about I’d happily join in, (and with so much practice these last few weeks I am learning!) but when a Paraguayan is struggling through “No Woman no Cry” or “Mamma Mia” Amanda is called on to jump in to save the day.
What am I learning about myself in these instances? a) I can’t really sing b) I don’t know the words!!! How many times have I picked an American song that I “know,” take U2’s “It’s a Beautiful Day” for example, only to realize that I really only know the chorus! You try putting on the music and singing along to all of the words. And then try to sound good doing it!
How to make it better in the future: Sit at home on cold, rainy weekends and practice, practice, practice, for the next time my heritage is called into play at a night of karaoke!