Cowboy Karaoke, from Boston

"Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love and Karaoke," is Rob Sheffield's second memoir. The first, "Love is a Mixtape," also examined the Rolling Stone writer's intimate relationship with pop music - and pop music's role in his relationships. In this excerpt, he finds himself in an unfamiliar land - Yucca Valley, California - singing to cowboys, bikers, and some very demanding karaoke mammas.