This past weekend I went to a karaoke bar. Let me be clear, I am not a singer and I have only attempted to sing karaoke once in my life. I did OK but what was most important about the experience was that I had a blast and I was able to do it with my friends.
While there a young couple and their friend came up on stage and sang a song that I had not heard in a really long time.
It was a song by the Tams called What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am). It was funny because everybody – and I do mean everybody – in the bar started to sing along.
Me and my friend sat there throughout the night talking about how they just don’t make fun, happy, all-American music like that anymore. How, in the good old days, music inspired positive emotions. Music made you feel happy.
In fact, the night must have made quite the impression on me because throughout the next day, I kept singing it.I sang it while doing the laundry and the dishes, while reading and even while on the phone talking to my mom.
What’s funny is while I was talking to my mom, she got off the phone for a moment and asked me to hold on. When she returned, of course, I was singing. She laughed aloud, and said, “Cher Renee’ Best, what do you know about the Tams?”
I told her I knew very little about the Tams but what I did know I liked. I knew that they sing beach music and were big in the ’60s, ’70s and early ’80s. I also knew they would be performing in the area soon and that I had heard one of their songs performed as karaoke.
“Mom, that song was so funny and fun and made me feel good, I’ve been singing it all day,” I told her.
She replied, “That’s what music should do. Life is too short to be anything but happy.”
My mom is always saying profound things to me that are just plain true. Shouldn’t music make you feel good; and isn’t life too uncertain to be anything but happy?
The Tams will be performing at Lady Antebellum Pavilion at Evans Towne Center Park on July 13 for the Summer Beach Blast.
Beach music and old-school music enthusiasts will get a chance to not only enjoy the Tams but also performances by the Swingin’ Medallions and the Drifters.
There will also be a lot of beach-themed activities, volleyball, possibly a sand box to dig for prizes, lawn chairs, dancing and singing.
Summer Beach Blast promises to be a good old-fashioned fun and happy feel-good time, just like the good old days. I, for one, can’t wait!