In various forms and modes, karaoke has entered everyone’s lives and is one of the most sought-after pastimes when choosing the direction of an evening.
Karaoke is an entertainment method that uses a microphone, a musical base usually reproduced on DVD and a screen where the lyrics of more or less known english or foreign songs are projected, which are sung in turn by the participants.
We all spent at least one evening in a place where there was karaoke, whether it was on our own initiative or because we found ourselves following friends or because the restaurant where we had decided to have dinner had organized an evening with this kind of entertainment.
But why is karaoke so popular? How was it born? How many kinds exist? To these and to other questions we will try to give an answer in this article.
Let’s start with order: the karaoke is born in Japan (the name is in fact the contracted union of the words ‘kara’, empty and ‘ōkesutora’, orchestra) thanks to the musician Daisuke Inoue, who came up with the idea to sell devices that could reproduce musical bases to allow non-professional singers to sing with a background where there was no voice.
At the beginning these devices were rented and used by restaurants and hotels, and soon were created real karaoke venues, called karaoke box, divided into rooms of various sizes where groups of people could enjoy this entertainment with greater intimacy.
From Japan, crossing all of Asia, the phenomenon soon spread, arriving first in the United States of America, then in Europe and finally in Australia.
While Karaoke Box is common throughout Asia and the USA, in Europe this type of entertainment has developed more in bars and restaurants that organize, at least once a week, a karaoke evening.
The main difference between the two types of karaoke taken into consideration is visibility. While in a karaoke box inside the rented room there are small groups of people who usually know each other and perform in an environment of comfort, in the bars who sings does it in front of everyone becoming actively involved in the entertainment of the evening.
There are many variations on the subject, for example there are many who choose to have a karaoke system at home or use computer and mobile programs that simulate these devices. In this case, the goal is almost always to spend time in family evenings or house parties or to practice singing.
Another idea that appeared in Asia and then moved to Europe, especially in England, is the KaraokeCab or Kabeoke, which consists of taxis with karaoke equipment inside them, screens and microphones included, carrying people allowing them to entertain themself in singing extravagances during the journey and by doing so, most of the time, that the goal slips away from moving to leisure.
In Asia, especially in Japan, Karaoke Boxes have evolved so much to offer various services. Among the best known there is the possibility of eating and drinking, even with ‘all you can eat’ packages, inside the rooms; or you can rent costumes or cosplays to wear while singing and you can take pictures or shoot during the karaoke session. Most Karaoke Boxes offer the possibility to rent rooms overnight, thus becoming a place to rest and have fun at reasonable prices.
The restaurants and bars that offer karaoke use this tool to attract more customers in the evenings that are usually a bit sluggish, involving them in a game where the public becomes the protagonist.
This is perhaps a key to the success that karaoke has always had, since its inception. Being in front of an audience, whether of friends and acquaintances as in the case of karaoke boxes or of strangers regarding the bars, brings out our artistic side, what we all have but that in someone is more difficult to pull out, and allow us to express our creativity through singing and music.
And it doesn’t matter if you are tune-deaf or if you are ashamed, because always comes in a karaoke session the moment when any person lets go inhibition and relies on the glimmer of eccentricity and inspiration that only music can make you express. The important thing is to be able to ride the wave when you see it coming and live the experience with an attitude of fun and relaxation that will allow you to take all the best that this can give you.
Personally I love karaoke for various reasons: the first is that I love to sing, so the idea of being able to reserve a room and spend hours singing my favorite songs arouses me; then it attracts me to be able to see the reactions of people when they sing, what they have to express and the subtle ways in which they show their feelings and emotions through the voice. I could spend hours listening to someone singing, letting me be carried away by what he passed on to me.
Ultimately, today karaoke is one of the most used ways to share moments together and its use is not purely goliardic but it also extends into the artistic and emotional sphere to more directly reach those involved.
Flavia from Flavia’s MIND.
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