Rob Sheffield on The Morning Mix

Rob Sheffield, contributing editor at Rolling Stone, talks to Joey Spehar about his latest book: 'Turn Around Bright Eyes', "the rituals of love and karaoke" – a tale of how karaoke helped a widowed pop-culture addict find true love again. They also talk about some of the most essential karaoke songs of all time.

Karaoke is more than a happy at a bar Rob Sheffield.  After the unexpected loss of his wife over 6 years ago, Sheffield was able to found comfort and happiness through karaoke.  “It’s something that has really changed my life.  Karaoke is something that lets anybody participate in music even though most of us have no talent whatsoever.  Once I figured out that karaoke was something that even with a terrible voice like mine you could actually get up there and sing in front of people and experience that sort of that pop star fantasy, that musician fantasy.  I began doing every chance I got.  I felt like it really transformed my entire world-view.

Sheffield points out’s the universal bond that karaoke can provide.  You don’t need to have a particular song you always sing, you just get up there and go with the flow. “The beautiful thing is karaoke is a forgiving environment where everything is permitted,” adds Sheffield.

Joey asked Robert Sheffield to chose three essential karaoke songs for his Guest DJ set.  Sheffield chose “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler for his first song.  “It’s one of those songs that tells you that we are here to sing karaoke, and this is what were for.  It’s got that big, epic atmosphere to it and it’s kind of a can’t miss karaoke jam,” adds Sheffield.

Robert Sheffield chose the Neil Diamond song, “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show.” “It’s one of the Neil songs that really lets you belt.  It really makes you feel like you are Neil Diamond and you have all that Neil Diamond bravado in you for a few minutes,” explains Sheffield.

For the final song on his Guest DJ set Robert Sheffield chose, “Little Red Corvette” by Prince.

“It really lets you transform into a total star for a few minutes and that’s really all you can ask from karaoke.  There are moments in his life where a man realizes he’s not Prince and this song is one of them,” Sheffield jokingly adds.  You can check out Robert Sheffield’s Guest DJ set list below and look for his book Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke in stores and online now.

Bill Deasy's Guest DJ set:


1. Bonnie Tyler "Total Eclipse of the Heart"


2. Neil Diamond “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show.”


3. Prince "Little Red Corvette"