January 21, 2009
Karaoke Practice: Drink Your Sorrows Away Version
This song happens to be the first enka I learned, and I still sing it about every time I go out. Not only is it pretty easy to remember the words, but I leaves a lot of room for personal interpretation of how it should be performed. Also, singing a love song to your drink is about as Japanese as a foreigner can get, at least by enkai standards, so you will charm your fellow party goers.
I recommend the 演奏 version of the song, where the old guy plays it out on a guitar, giving it an almost Latino flavor.
Here is a live version for the ladies to practice with.