If music be the food of love…

24 May

KaraokeSince the dawn of time music has been love’s tool. If you listen to commercial radio, almost every song you hear has something to do with love…or sex at the very least.

Music offers women a huge range of opportunities to connect with men. There’s something to suit every mood and budget. At concerts and gigs you’ll have at least one common interest with fellow attendees, festivals draw massive crowds and encourage you to move around and mingle, live music in local pubs attracts non-locals and karaoke builds a certain camaraderie.

I can imagine some of you thinking:

Karaoke? Thanks, but I can do without the public humiliation.

The good thing is, you don’t need to get behind the mic to reap the benefits.

Head to any pub with karaoke and you’ll find three sets of people: hardcore karaoke lovers who work the Sydney circuit, locals who enjoy a beer and some light entertainment and passers-by who are drawn in by the music. All these groups have members of the male, straight and single variety. You’d be surprised by how many men love their 3.5 minutes of limelight on a Saturday night.

Approaching guys at karaoke is easy. Make sure you’re around when your eye-candy steps into the spotlight, so you can sing along and cheer him on. Then all you need to do is wander over and say, ‘You sing really well,’ or (if he didn’t), ‘I love [insert band’s name]. What’s your favourite album?’

If you’re a good singer, karaoke is the perfect opportunity to stand out. Don’t overdo it though, keep it light. Karaoke tends to attract a fun crowd that can laugh at itself. Remember the scene from My best friend’s wedding? No one cares if you’re not Alicia Keys. Guys will be more attracted to women with a good sense of humour than to pitch-perfect prima donnas who take it too seriously.

If you’re not confident or vocally talented, a good strategy is to take along a wing-girl who does sing well. I have a number of friends who are brilliant at belting out a tune. Often their talent has ended with me chatting to a nice guy who’s come up to pay tribute to the performance.

Karaoke might not be the most glam or classy way to spend your evening but if you get into the spirit, it is good fun. If you’re lucky, you might find someone to serenade you.

My top five Sydney karaoke venues are:

  1. The Edinburgh Castle, CBD. Saturdays from 8pm. Good mix of ages, lots of friendly, single guys.
  2. The Attic, Unity Hall Hotel, Balmain. Thursdays from 9pm. One of my friends got together with her now husband during a Unity karaoke session.
  3. Kelly’s, Newtown. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10pm. Attracts people from all over the inner west, along with a decent serve of Irish guys ready to take on U2.
  4. Pickled Possum, Neutral Bay. I have a feeling karaoke starts as soon as they open. The limited space in this iconic little pub means you’ll definitely make some new friends.
  5. Covent Garden, Haymarket. Fridays and Saturdays from 8.30pm and Sundays from 5pm. A slightly older crowd blended with out-of-towners and post-concert goers needing a beer after an Entertainment Centre event.
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3 Responses to “If music be the food of love…”

  1. beachblogger May 25, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    Keep up the good ideas Lucy …

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