Karaoke: Get a good laugh and have a good time

By Marianne McKim
October 4, 2001

All work and no play can make any person stressed. A great thing to do to avoid being stressed all the time is to get out and do something. Don’t just sit around, come out for some good ol’ karaoke fun. Sometimes you might find some great talent, other times you might get a great laugh.

People often wonder where the word karaoke came from and what is karaoke. Karaoke is the Japanese abbreviated compound word “kara” comes from “karappo” meaning empty, and “oke” is the abbreviation of “okesutura,” or orchestra. Music tapes in which only the accompaniment is rerecorded were named “karaoke.” It actually started at a snack bar in Kobe City. Karaoke is a form of entertainment that was originally established for Japanese business people. Since everyone enjoyed singing popular songs to the accompaniment of music, karaoke has become known worldwide and has been entertaining people for the past 20 years.

Originally in the form of a tape, karaoke evolved to the CD. This great development made possible the enhancement of video scenes for each song on a TV monitor along with the lyrics to the song that is being played. Many people enjoy it not only because they take pleasure in singing, but also because they say it is a way that you can actually feel like a professional singer standing in front of an audience holding a microphone.

Family karaoke has also grown to be growing attraction in entertainment. Many people are buying home karaoke machines for get-togethers. Hearing your voice for the first time can be very strange. That is why some people are also buying home karaoke machines. This way they are able to prepare themselves with hearing their voice or sometimes even practicing before they go out in public. With this home form of karaoke becoming increasingly popular, there are now sites on the Internet that allow you to download karaoke players. Many of them even offer a music search engine in which to find songs that you can sing with. You can check out www.teleport.com, www.rythmica.com, or even www.vanbasco.com. Any of these will let you download a karaoke player on your very own computer.

There are also a number of karaoke contests in which people can win great prizes or a large sum of money. The number of karaoke contestants has risen in the past few years because this form of entertainment has become increasingly popular. To find out about contests there are many websites that can inform you what is going on in your area and places that you can go to join the karaoke craze.

There are many places that offer karaoke in our area like New City Tavern, Nickels’ Tavern, Blarney Stone, The Draught Horse on Wednesday nights and Casey’s on Tuesday nights. For a larger listing check out the web at www.phillyatnight.com. Remember, have fun and get out and sing karaoke. This is a sure way to ease those stressful nights, a great way to meet new people and sometimes be a good laugh, which is a great way to stay healthy.

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