Karaoke for a Cause


The New York Times writes about how Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat Pray Love, overcame her fear of singing in public to raise money for a nonprofit that helps orphans in Nepal. Gilbert recalls:

I said to myself, “You’re not allowed to [be afraid] anymore. You spend your life telling people they have to take creative risks, and you’re about to publish this book that’s essentially a manifesto.”

Her singing paid off. “Gilbert, through her karaoke stunt, was able to raise more than $100,000 for the organization,” the article notes.

Stephanie Bento is a writer, classical cellist, and photographer living in Washington, DC. In her writing, she is interested in exploring the musicality of sound and form, and our connection to time and place. Find out more about her creative work at saudadebelle.com, or say hello/bonjour on Twitter @saudadebelle. More from this author →