Home away from home (Singing Nebraska, #10)

I’m not sure what to say about my Nebraska experience, except that I enjoyed the bar quite a bit. I could see going there on a regular basis. The KJ was a little older than me, a current/former hippie with a beard, dark-rimmed glasses, and a rope necklace. He has a beautiful voice and sings country music unfamiliar to me. Most of the singers are my age, and choose non-obvious, but familiar songs — Voices Carry by ‘Til Tuesday and Everybody’s Talkin’ by Harry Nillson. For the most part, they have really good voices.

Some singers are gone by 10, and others replace them. It’s a small but steady crowd with almost everyone either singing or there to accompany someone who is. I’m as comfortable here as I would be in my hotel room so I stay to watch the baseball game, and appreciate the show. I get the KJ to do a duet with me, which is always fun — I like singing with others, but rarely get the chance to do so.

As I get ready to leave, I say goodbye to the KJ and we chat for a bit. He said he used to KJ at a karaoke bar, but to him this bar is more like a bar that has karaoke. Sure, people come here to sing, but they do other things. I think I understood what he meant. Even though most people put at least two songs in, they also phased in and out of focusing on karaoke to go about their business– watching the game, chatting with friends, shooting pool. There wasn’t really a sing-a-long, but there was always clapping. A relaxing Monday night in Omaha.

  • The basics:
  • Location: Moe & Curly’s, Omaha, NE
  • Miles Traveled: 168
  • Songs sung: Keep on Loving You (REO Speedwagon), Gloria (Laura Brannigan), Leather and Lace (Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty)
Obligatory shot of the bar.