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The First 5 Songs I will Sing when ‘Icy Snow Karaoke’ Opens

204 West College Avenue — a place shrouded in equal parts mystery and intrigue. A musical, magical, icy, snowy place, to be sure.

We have all seen the super-legit hand-drawn sign in the window, “ICY SNOW KTV COMING SOON”. We have all wondered what KTV even stands for anyways (this could just be me). And we all have felt that rush of restless anticipation while staring into the dark ominous store-front window that holds so much potential for our happiness. Or that also could just be me. Whatever.

For those of you who still don’t know what even I’m talking about, Icy Snow Karaoke is going to be State College’s first and only all-ages karaoke bar. All-ages folks! Get pumped.

Sadly, no official date has been announced for the grand-opening of this elusive, mysterious, sure-to-be hot-spot. The last (and only) Facebook post dates back to October 27, and previous e-mail correspondence with the public relations representative promised a late November, early December opening.

I waited all winter, casting expectant glances in Icy Snow’s direction, employing the same inner monologue with each new stroll down College Ave, “Maybe, just maybe, today will be the day.” This is what got me through January and February, but the name Icy Snow served no indicator and it made no promises.

Now it is April, and the window at 204 West College remains as ominous as ever, save the day last week when the door was propped open to reveal a dim stair-case leading straight into the belly of the beast. Sheer curiosity almost drove me right thought the open door, but somehow I kept my cool. I need to be on good terms with the management after all.

Still, nothing can stop me from anticipating the glorious day in which I will waltz down those dingy stairs, down, down into the bottomless void of 90s pop songs and synthesized love-ballads — the  same void that will undoubtedly drain the sad remainder of my spending money.

I am not kidding around; here is the list of the first five songs I plan to sing at Icy Snow:

1. “What’s Up” by 4 Non Blondes

It is alarming how much I actually like this song. Sorry, world.

2. “All I Really Want” by Alanis Morissette

Alanis got me through this past winter; I owe her this. Also, the lyrics to this song are great, okay? Also, I have a lot of pent-up rage.

3. “Brand New Key” by Melanie

I sang this once on a cruise ship with my family. Despite the sip of my “cool aunt’s” mudslide, my performance was pretty sub-par. Upon walking back to my seat, one man from the audience remarked, “That song is older than you are.” I still need to do this one justice.

4. “I Dreamed A Dream” from Les Misérables

Les Mis is so hot right now.

5. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler

Can somebody say crowd pleaser? Who doesn’t love a classic 80s ballad?

I get the feeling Icy Snow is going to have its own crowd of “regulars”, and let me just say, I’m pleased to meet you all in advance. The fact that you’re still reading this might very well be warning sign one. Hey.

Comment with your personal most-anticipated song selections, and perhaps, I’ll be seeing you at Icy Snow before the semester is out. Fingers crossed.

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