April 22, 2009


Karao Karaoke (カラオケ ?, a portmanteau of Japanese kara(空), “empty,” and ōkesutora (オーケストラ), “orchestra”) [1] (pronounced /kɑːrɑːˌoʊkɛ/; in JapaneseIPA: [karaoke]; ‘ alt=Karaoke.ogg border=0>  listen (help·info)) is a form of entertainment in which amateur singers sing along with recorded music (and/or a music video) using a microphone and public address system. The music is typically a well-known pop song which has no lead vocal.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.
–          Wikipedia.com
Karaoke gives everyone a chance to be the star, be it in a private box/room or on the floor; all involves singing to a soundtrack in front of a live audience, has become a part of the culture of youngsters nowadays or should I say as a global progression or ‘singing’ as a normal past-time; in much the same way as the “Urban Cowboy” phenomenon did in the 1980s.

A little background on what’s the “Urban Cowboy” phenomenon…
During the “Urban Cowboy” phenomenon, which was inspired by the movie of the same name, people dressed in western clothing and went to popular bars or night spots to ride mechanical bulls and dance the two-step. In doing so, these bars or night spots were transformed into distinct cultures with their own set of routines, their own roles, and their own rhetoric.

“Urban Cowboy” phenomenon also described as “participatory rhetoric” meaning that the audience was not separate from the source or message. But instead playing the part of a cowboy was a way for adults to escape and have a good time; Becoming a part of the entertainment by playing a part in the entertainment.
People who go to karaoke do so for much the same reason. They not only want to be entertained, they want to be part of the entertainment.

Back to Karaoke… or in our context that we may be more familiar with KTV or “K-sessions” or sometimes we simply say let’s go ‘K’… for now I’ll use ‘K’ for convenience.
It’s more like a ‘get-together’ session, where we can release our frustrations and untangle our emotions by elaborating it into the songs to ‘relieve’ ourselves from the overwhelming feelings that we have in our daily lives.
Also, through songs and the dynamics those groups produce by getting together and doing the same enjoyable obsession could hype up the atmosphere faster and more prominently versus what one person can create.
Being in the same location and with the similar expected experience that we have when we go for one such ‘K’ session, don’t you realize that once you found a comfortable group to go in, you’ll continue to go again and again with the same group so as to attain the same level of enjoyment that the previous sessions had provided?
Also, relationships between are more clearly defined and maintained, as there is a “common interest” and self-fulfillment after-effect to look forward to.

Not only so, many of us become more and more fun and bubbly when we go for more of such activities that allow us to build up our confidence in front of people as often there are only up to 2 singers per song (holding the mics) and so the rest of us will listen and definitely cheer for our friends.

For me, I kinda name this ‘trend’ or behavior as the ‘k-culture’.
If you’re thinking ‘k-culture’ only refers to those who goes to K-sessions with that equipment and stuffs as mentioned earlier. Well, I hope that my following can help you to identify if you’re in this culture as well.
Say out loud ‘YES!’ or ‘YES YES YES! ME ME!’ to the following questions …

* Do you sing in your bathroom?  Ans?
* Do you sing unknowingly to the advertisement jingles? Ans?
* Do you find yourselves uncontrollably using some stanzas of a certain song to reply your friends ‘jokingly’ when they say or ask something? Ans?
* Do you have a hum softly to yourself when you’re in an environment when you can’t sing out loud (e.g: in the library etc)? Ans?
And the list goes on… but I think that’s enough to determine if you’re adopting this very re-owned culture that most of us have.
If your answers are majority “YES! That’s ME!” or you’re even nodding harder after each question.  
You are member number (x+1) in this culture group. 😉 *winks*

I believe that most of us love to sing and are often affected very much by music and lyrics; don’t deny! It’s scientifically proven that our brains naturally react positively to good music and sounds. Listening and singing to the kind of music will determine the type of influence to the overall person on a whole.
That is also why many-a-times, why advertisements play really catchy jingles to make it ‘ring’ in our heads over and over again…

Think “Ba-ba-bap-pa-la.. I’m lovin it~” 

It’s absolutely more fun with singing around, I feel that currently in Singapore context ‘K-sessions’  are too held back and the more known places that people often go are like K-Box or Party-World etc, which only have that ‘restricted’ sit-down concept.

Look at the Koreans! They have so much more fun in their own box singing with some help of the tambourines, shakers or even sometimes with the ‘disco’ ball lightings.

It looks so fun and pretty much more enjoyable than just the ‘sit-down’ K-sessions; perhaps we could bring our own “props” the next time we go and see if its better! 😛
Take a look at the video clip below and try to have as much fun learning from the koreans! ANNYEONG!~

Enjoy Life. Enjoy Singing. Enjoy the K-Culture.




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