Another karaoke evening, the year’s last, and good company saw several abrupt final shifts, earnest sonic tributes and valiant nods to upcoming holidays and most favored anthems. I warmed up with Beach House and Corinne Bailey Rae, and followed with Radiohead and Peter Schilling.

A tapestry hanging on a white wall, black in color with multicolored letters sewn on it that say KINDNESS IS VITAL. Next to the tapestry, built into the wall, is a small wooden bookshelf with books on it. The room this is in has a black and soft gold checkerboard pattern. In the next room, a broad stretch of wall completely covered with 12-inch vinyl records is visible. It's Saturday, December 17, 2022 at Stay Gold Deli on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, California.

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