Muse 08.05.21

Q: What’s your go-to karaoke song?

A: “White Rabbit,” by Jefferson Airplane.

Randomly, it’s “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane. I always love a good, belty song. I mean, also anything by Morrissey. It’s weird being a singer. There’s a lot of pressure on you when people know that you’re a singer. They’re all thinking, “Oh what song is she going to pick?” I have no idea why I picked that song, but I always land on it.

Ameena Khawaja (above right) is the executive director of Youth Orchestra Salinas and co-founder of California Central Coast Orchestra and Jazz Academy (COJAC), along with her husband and YOSAL music director Danko Drusko. She is also a professional singer, a trained mezzo-soprano, and a cellist. Learn more at

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