Tonight we sang. All of us, as a family. Not all together, at once, but we took turns on the microphones.
I played the role of DJ and selected songs per request for everyone. We had a blast.
My daughter got a karaoke machine for Christmas. It’s not super fancy, or of high quality, but me being the karaoke lover that I am, I rigged it up to where it sounds pretty decent for what it is.
I got a set of laptop speakers and a subwoofer for Christmas and connected it to the karaoke for better sound.
On YouTube you can find the karaoke version of almost any song you can think of with lyrics on screen, for free, so that’s what we did.
I’ve been rocking out on home karaoke systems for as long as I can remember. A lot of people find it strange to come over and watch people sing at home, but I can assure you, it’s more fun when you participate (as opposed to being a spectator).
You don’t have to be a great singer either because it’s all about having fun. You know what else? I have found it to be a great way to de-stress as well.
So, there were a few songs that Ryan and I sang together. He started getting really into it, and I couldn’t help but follow his lead.
At one point, during the instrumental break of an Audioslave song, we found ourselves taking turns extending our arms out along with the guitar solo, and it reminded me a lot of how Beavis & Butthead danced when they rocked out watching MTV music videos.
I couldn’t stop laughing. I needed that. We both did.
It’s hard, at times, to really let loose nowadays. We are parents. We have responsibilities. We have kids who are constantly in need of things; Attention, food, love, and interaction. We are constantly worried about things. It’s hard to be ourselves around one another because we are always too busy being responsible adults and parents.
But, there are those times when you have a night that’s simple, and so much fun. A night that involved your family, yet you could still be you, and still be respectable as mom and dad.
Tonight was one of those nights.
Tonight was a good night.