The wise and wonderful Knackered Mother of Wine Club fame (who has recently been voted one of the five blogs to watch by no less than The Guardian), has tagged me in a meme to write about karaoke, and which song I would pick if I were to partake in this particular activity.
Now this is a little tricky. I haven't sung karaoke for years (unless you count warbling along to the radio in the car, which normally provokes shouts of 'Be quiet, Mummy!' from the Littleboys). I was also wondering to myself how my time in America has also influenced my taste in music, because although you might think we listen to much the same music on both sides of the pond - and to some extent that's true - it is different in many subtle ways.
For a start, American radio does not play British pop stalwarts such as Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue or Girls Aloud. There are British artists who have definitely made it here and are played constantly on American radio (eg. Coldplay) - but others who haven't (eg. the brilliant Elbow). Our local radio station plays a lot of Billy Joel - he's from Long Island, so perhaps it's not surprising - but it's impossible here to hear the latest from Take That.
In America, even mainstream radio tends to include a little bit of country. (Do they play Lady Antebellum on British radio? I doubt it.) and I think this has come to influence my musical taste. I've always liked Sheryl Crow and Shania Twain, but since coming here I've discovered Taylor Swift. So I guess you might find me warbling along to Taylor's Love Story, or (to be even more All American) about being on the bleachers and wearing sneakers. But I fear I'd be outdone by the ultra-confident nine year old girls who I heard belting out these numbers up on the karaoke stage at our town's summer festival recently.......
So, I think I'd have to settle for a song that sums up my time in New York so far. I may not have seen my name in lights down on Broadway, but I definitely share Alicia Keys' sentiments in this one.