Turn Around Bright Eyes

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Once upon a time I was falling apart. Now I'm always falling in love.

Pick up the microphone.

When Rob Sheffield moved to New York City in the summer of 2001, he was a young widower trying to start a new life in a new town. Behind, in the past, was his life as a happily married rock critic, with a wife he adored, and a massive collection of mix tapes that captured their life together. And then, in a flash, all he had left were the tapes.

Beyoncé , Bowie, Bon Jovi, Benatar . . .

One night, some friends dragged him to a karaoke bar in the West Village. A night out was a rare occasion for Rob back then.

Turn around

Somehow, that night in a karaoke bar turned into many nights, in many karaoke bars. Karaoke became a way out, a way to escape the past, a way to be someone else if only for the span of a three-minute song. Discovering the sublime ridiculousness of karaoke, despite the fact that he couldn't carry a tune, he began to find his voice.

Turn around

And then the unexpected happened. A voice on the radio got Rob's attention. The voice came attached to a woman who was unlike anyone he'd ever met before. A woman who could name every constellation in the sky, and every Depeche Mode B side. A woman who could belt out a mean Bonnie Tyler.

Bright Eyes

Turn Around Bright Eyes is an emotional journey of hilarity and heartbreak with a karaoke soundtrack. It's a story about finding the courage to move on, clearing your throat, and letting it rip. It's a story about navi- gating your way through adult romance. And it's a story about how songs get tangled up in our deepest emotions, evoking memories of the past while inspiring hope for the future.


  • 001 - Turn Around Bright Eyes

    Duration: 32s
  • 002 - Chapter 1

    Duration: 14min
  • 003 - Chapter 2

    Duration: 07min
  • 004 - Chapter 3

    Duration: 08min
  • 005 - Chapter 4

    Duration: 17min
  • 006 - Chapter 5

    Duration: 16min
  • 007 - Chapter 6

    Duration: 14min
  • 008 - Chapter 7

    Duration: 15min
  • 009 - Chapter 8

    Duration: 12min
  • 010 - Chapter 9

    Duration: 13min
  • 011 - Chapter 10

    Duration: 12min
  • 012 - Chapter 11

    Duration: 21min
  • 013 - Chapter 12

    Duration: 15min
  • 014 - Chapter 13

    Duration: 43min
  • 015 - Chapter 14

    Duration: 23min
  • 016 - Chapter 15

    Duration: 20min
  • 017 - Chapter 16

    Duration: 10min
  • 018 - Chapter 17

    Duration: 10min
  • 019 - Chapter 18

    Duration: 14min
  • 020 - Chapter 19

    Duration: 13min
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