Why Go to Therapy When you Can Go to Karaoke?
Illustration by Mike Gorman
Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodious mutterings and minimizing your friends' pain. Ask her stuff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or hashtagging #rftkaraoke on Twitter.
Can we get DJs and KJs nationwide to unite and delete "Wabble With It" from their filler list of songs? -- Wabbly Wabbit
Confession: I have no idea what this presumed song is. No one has requested it, I've not heard it on any of the terrible radio stations we have around here, I don't go to clubs that encourage women to wear shiny clothing and six-inch heels, and I'm not going to YouTube it and get an earworm. But I'm guessing that I'd be proud to be part of your movement. Start a petition, and let's secede from the union!
[Update: Oh god, I looked.]
Should I be tipping my KJ? I haven't yet, but I sort of feel like I should. -- Just the Tip
Tipping the KJ is a touchy subject, as is tipping in general, but it's really sweet of you to consider it. Personally, I believe that you should show appreciation for bar folks who do good things for you. Sometimes that means giving a dollar a drink, sometimes that means offering a sincere "Thank you."
Like the bartenders, we KJs remember you and give you perks if you occasionally ply us with money. "Occasionally" can depend on your bar or city's customs, of course. Every once in a while, a guy will shove $10 at me to bump his song up before his girlfriend has to leave, but more often, customers just give me gift cards around the holidays to show their appreciation for the fun they've had throughout the year. I never expect this and am always quite touched when it happens.
To answer your question, just do what you think is right. Consider your relationship with your KJ, your frequency at the bar and what you get out of being there. Continue to live by my motto, "Don't be a douche."