TABEToday’s read captured my attention just by its title, Turn Around Bright Eyes: A Karaoke Journey of Starting Over, Falling in Love, and Finding Your Voice. Seriously, how could any child of the 80’s pass up a book named after the epic Bonnie Tyler song?

Anyway, beyond the compelling title, author Rob Sheffield takes us on a wonderful journey of self-discovery and healing with popular music as the soundtrack. A follow-up to Mr. Sheffield’s memoir of loss, Love is a Mixtape, Turn Around Bright Eyes is one man’s story of coming to terms with love, loss and what happens when life gets in the way through the lens of music.

About Turn Around Bright Eyes: A Karaoke Journey of Starting Over, Falling in Love, and Finding Your Voice by Rob Sheffield: “’Once upon a time I was falling apart. Now I’m always falling in love.’ When Rob Sheffield moved to New York City in 2001, he was a young widower trying to start a new life in a new town. One night, some friends dragged him to a karaoke bar—and that night turned into many nights in many karaoke bars. Karaoke became a way to be someone else if only for the span of a three-minute song, and through the sublime ridiculousness of karaoke, Rob began to find his voice. And then the unexpected happened. A voice on the radio got Rob’s attention. And the voice came attached to a woman who could name every constellation in the sky, every Depeche Mode B side, and could belt out a mean Bonnie Tyler. Turn Around Bright Eyes is a journey of hilarity and heartbreak with a karaoke soundtrack. It’s about finding the courage to move on, clearing your throat, and letting it rip—and how songs get tangled up in our deepest emotions.”

It is truly amazing how music can soothe our souls, make us remember times gone by and let us know everything is going to be alright. While Mr. Sheffield tells us his personal story we can’t help thinking about our own lives and how we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and persevere.

Turn Around Bright Eyes: A Karaoke Journey of Starting Over, Falling in Love, and Finding Your Voice by Rob Sheffield is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.