My Stage Debut.

Thursday, March 18, 2010



On Monday night, I had one hell of a birthday party. (More on this in an upcoming post.) After the clock struck midnight and it was officially my 7th consecutive 25th birthday, my friends and I all headed down the street to the Beauty Bar for a little karaoke and some (more) drinks.

Now, let me tell you, I have only started singing in front of my friends and family very recently. The first time I ever gave karaoke a whirl, it was eight years ago for my sister's birthday. About ten of us rented out one of those rooms, got ourselves a little liquor license and sang our hearts out until the sun came up. I chose Britney's "Oops I Did It Again" for my karaoke premiere and was fairly confident I would kill it.

I did not, in fact, kill it.

What did I do? Well, I'm still figuring that out all these years later. I went up there and what came out of me was a heavy metal scream set to Britney music. It was like Ozzy Osbourne had taken over my vocal chords, but what I lacked in ability, I made up for in dance moves. It was like I was having an epileptic seizure. I'm fairly sure my friends still haven't recovered. I know I haven't.

Years later, my sister and her husband got their own karaoke machine and then later, of course, Rock Band. Slowly, but surely, I found my voice. Vodka and Fleetwood Mac's "Landslide" helped. I became more comfortable, but I still wasn't ready to sing in front of strangers.

Until Monday night.

Yep, that's right. I mustered up all my courage, instructed my friends to (please, please, please) cheer me on and said what the hell. My friend Adriana - who works at the Beauty Bar and has a beautiful voice - sang backup and without her, I couldn't have done it.

If I do say so myself, we brought the house down to John (Cougar) Mellencamp's "Hurts So Good."

See for yourself...





Now I can't take all the limelight. You see, there is a new boy band in the making. You might think that is a blonde woman (or one of the Village People) singing up on stage with my friend Justin, but - no - that's my boyfriend. (In his defense, it was a costume party and like everything he does, he excels in the art of costume.)





Last, but oh-my-god-not-least, Autumn Vegas and our gorgeous friend Ana got up there and informed us all through song that we give love a bad name. Those two are natural performers. Check it out.





It was one fantastic night that I may or may not have paid for the next day, but you know what? It was worth it.

I felt like a (slightly tone deaf) star and everyone should feel like a star on their birthday.

In other news, Tillie over at the adorable she waits for whispers featured me on her blog (and made the cutest collage I just have to save). Please check it out. Xoxo

19 comments:

  1. You looked totally beautiful kathleen!! :) Glad you liked the little photo collage :)

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  2. It looks like this opened Pandora's Box. A star was born, you found your calling :)

    You look as hot as your hot pink tights!!

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  3. yup, shes lost it!
    I hate it when she does that!
    haha you've lost that lovin feelin!

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  4. It totally doesn't matter how you sound because you look stunning! I love it! Happy Birthday!

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  5. I am slacking and way behind on wishing you a Happy Birthday. But my google comments have had PMS lately. (So have I. Go figure.)

    I get massive stage fright when it comes to karaoke. I freeze up. But I love to sing and I love to be the center of attenion.

    Looks like you had an amazing night!

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  6. you look so cute! glad you had a good party!

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  7. CRAZY FUN!!! love it <3 and you!! can we celebrate your birthday again when you get back from seattle?!?! xoxo

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  8. I can't believe Monica's karaoke birthday was that long ago, wowza! That was a great night and that particular Britney performance will not soon be forgotten by this girl. Do you remember the first time we sang karaoke? I'll give you a hint... GHC Health Dept. Long live the nerd herd, my friend.

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  9. Sounds like a lot of fun. Love your outfit in the photos, so cute! Happy belated Birthday!

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  10. love ittttt!
    and i second with autumn we must continue the celebration for your birthday and where else but San Diego :)

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  11. HAHAHA You're so funny. Looks like it was a blast.

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  12. You are awesome!! :)Sounds like you had a blast!

    I have only done Karaoke once.. Shoop by Salt n' Pepa! Haha it was crazy. If I ever do it again Don't stop Believin will be my song of choice! Classic.

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  13. omg i love it. I'm not so good at karaoke myself, but depending on how many drinks I've had I will bust out some Safety Dance song, and the only thing I can sing pretty damn well is good-bye earl, even though I am not a country fan. I totally would have sang some JCM with you, jealous!!

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  14. You look like you had a fantastic time, darling. I could never do karaoke myself, I would be so nervous and all the vodka in the world would not convince me to go up there. Well done on your performance!

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  15. this looks like such a fun night.

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  16. It's never too early or too late to discover a hidden talent! Glad you had a good time dear!

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  17. Thank goodness you documented it with pics!

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  18. Yay! Good for you... karaoke in front of strangers is definitely something everyone should do at least once. It looked like you guys rocked! Ow!

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