When I was living in Central New York, my wife and I attended a wedding reception/barbecue that included, of all things, a karaoke bar.
I never participated in karaoke in my life. Nervously, I trotted along to the stage to find a song I was familiar with. I chose the song we danced our first song at our wedding, Luther Vandross’ “Here and Now”. I belted the song and my voice never cracked. I received a standing ovation, afterwards.
Talk about a new experience?
For those you you who don’t know, karaoke is a form of interactive entertainment or video game, in which, singers sing along with recorded music (and/or a music video) using a microphone and public address system.
Karaoke music is typically a well-known pop song minus the lead vocal. The lyrics are usually displayed on a video screen, along with a moving symbol or changing color and/or music video images, to guide the singer. Karaoke machines, or “boxes” are relatively inexpensive, costing less than $200 dollars. In Asia, most notably, Japan, where it originated, karaoke bars are common.
Would you believe there’s a website that helps you become a karaoke DJ? KaraokeTutor.com has all the tools you need to make a career in karaoke. Not that I want to become one. Let’s just say that karaoke is strictly for amatures!