Did you know that the last week of April is National Karaoke Week? Well now you do! So let’s talk a little about Karaoke.
Karaoke is a word formed from putting two Japanese words together. "Kara" that comes from Karappo and means empty and "Oke", shortened from Okesutura meaning "orchestra". So Karaoke means, "empty orchestra."
Over the last few decades Karaoke has become popular across the world. From Karaoke dedicated bars, to Karaoke nights at the local pub.
I personally can’t carry a tune in a bucket; it is a rare occasion for me to grace an audience with my complete and total lack of musical talent. My orchestra is empty because no one wants to listen to me sing!
My husband, however, has enough talent to cover me, so we let him sing and I play groupie in the audience.
Our area actually offers a good number of opportunities to test your singing chops every week.
These opportunities include (but probably aren’t limited to):
• Mondays at 9 p.m. at Kelley’s
• Tuesdays at 9 p.m. at Kimball’s.
• Wednesdays at 9 p.m. at the Whiskey Room or at Ozzie and Mae’s
• Thursdays at 8 p.m. at the Trout Run Hotel, 9 p.m. at Rivals, or my personal favorite 9 p.m. at the Son’s of Italy, however you do have to be a member or be with a member to get into the Son’s.
Keith Englert of Keith’s Karaoke is my personal favorite KJ, so if you get the chance to check him out, make sure you do!
So now that you know where to go to sing, be sure to follow some basic Karaoke etiquette!
• Be nice to the equipment. Sound equipment isn’t cheap, be easy with mics and cords!
• Don’t try to sing something someone has already done. Gotta be quicker than that!
• Stick to songs you know. This isn’t the time to figure out if you know all the words to R.E.M.s It’s the End of the World as We Know It (FYI, you don’t)
• Don’t ask to be moved up in line, don’t worry, you’ll get your turn.
• Don’t complain about song selection. Not only do songs take a minute to have Karaoke versions released, but fulfilling every song request would break KJs budgets.
• Don’t join someone unless you are asked. Yeah, yeah, I know – this is your jam, but it was theirs first so let them be.
• Don’t sign up someone else. You may think your BFF does an amazing rendition of Gin and Juice but maybe she doesn’t want to perform that in front of a group of strangers.
• Let’s talk about song length, try to keep it to 4 minutes or less. People have short attention spans. People drinking have shorter. Honestly, Don McLean himself could show up to Karaoke and people still wouldn’t want to listen to him sing all of American Pie. Same goes for Stairway to Heaven and Paradise by the Dashboard Light. Bohemian Rhapsody is about as long as you can before people start to get bored.
• Applaud! Even when some does a terrible job. They’ve put themselves out there; the least you can do is give ‘em props for that!
• Also – don’t be a jerk. Unless you are the second coming of Mariah, don’t heckle others. If you are the second coming of Mariah, we all saw that performance last Christmas – don’t judge.
• Finally – have FUN! It doesn’t matter if you are terrible – own the song! Shake your booty! Sing your little heart out! What’s the worst that can happen?