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Karaoke Origins The word karaoke comes from combining two Japanese words: karappo, meaning empty, and okesutura, which means orchestra. The craze started in Kobe City, Japan, and spread like zebra mussels around the world, infiltrating every musical market.
Auto Exec Wins Karaoke Marathon
After an all-night long karaoke marathon at its Times Square studio, Good Morning America showed you five finalists who managed to out-sing the rest. They sang all night long in Good Morning America's karaoke marathon in Times Square and viewers voted online for their favorite singer.
Loves To Sing Derek Leggins, a 48-year-old Philadelphia auto executive who wooed the Times Square crowd with his smooth delivery of "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" by Lou Rawls apparently dazzled the viewers at home too. He handily won the ABCNEWS.com vote, with votes pouring in from across the country all day Friday. The prize: a new karaoke machine, and a chance to sing the national anthem at a game of the Brooklyn Cyclones (new single-A farm team for the New York Mets). And, of course, he also was able to sing on Broadway during Monday's show, at the Good Morning America studio at 1500 Broadway in Times Square. "I've been a long time doing this, waiting on a break," said Leggins, who would love to sing professionally. He has been singing since he was a child, where he started in the church choir.
Taken from an article from ABC News .
Karaoke Relief One man's passion for music has been the driving force behind his very own...
One man's passion for music has been the driving force behind his very own karaoke taxi service in traffic-clogged Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok traffic is simply notorious.
Cab Driver Suwit Thongthim said I am providing much needed relief for stressed out passengers
while we all wait stranded in the never ending traffic jams." I like music very much and I drove past a karaoke bar one day and a brilliant thought came over me," says Suwit. "I had a very good feeling about this idea" Suwit figured it was a safe bet that installing a karaoke system in his cab would attract many more passengers.
Cost Me Plenty The karaoke gear inside the taxi consists of a five inch lcd mini television monitor installed on the ceiling, two wired microphones and a video cd karaoke player. "This sound system cost me plenty" as he opens his trunk to reveal power amplifiers and speakers. "I don't have room for luggage" he say's with a grin. In addition, to all of this there's a set of cool flashing disco lights and a mini mirror ball to create the right atmosphere even in the heaviest of traffic. His selection of karaoke songs range from classic Thai, Japanese, and English with Thai love songs being the most popular.
You won't pay more for a ride in this cab, the only charge the passenger pays is
on the meter. And the passengers are flocking to him. Suwit is never without a
fare, as would be passengers shout for "Suwit". "I feel very happy when I drive
my taxi". The karaoke taxi gives me a chance to forget about heavy traffic jams
and to relax while waiting. On a good day Suwit can make up to $40 u.s.,
excellent money in Thailand. Since starting up his karaoke taxi service, his
name has become a household word He has appeared on several local television
talk shows and in newspaper articles.
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Cheaper Than Therapy The unconverted may have a hard time referring to karaoke as entertainment, like terming paint-by numbers art or ketchup a vegetable. Those familiar with karaoke know the stereotypes and prejudices associated with their activity of choice. Frank says, there is more to it than singing off-key to a Sinatra standard.
But to serious devotees, karaoke offers a chance to make friends, kindle musical connections and take a shot at those 15 minutes of fame. OK, so it's more like four minutes of fame. Nevertheless, for the average singer, it is the opportunity to shine in a way they just cannot do in the office, on the bus or collecting dust in a tavern.
"Many people find karaoke a respite from their normal, tedious lives," observes Frank Falvo who does the karaoke for "eight years now" at Bourbon Street West
Wednesday nights 1866 Sources blvd, Pointe-Claire (514) 695-6545 "who says karaoke doesn't have longevity".
Thursday night Frank can be found at the Cajun Blues in Ste-Annes
60 Rue. Ste-Anne, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue (514) 457-0878.
"They leave their stress behind and use it as a way to be silly. It's an escape." As soon as Falvo sets up his gear a flock of singers fill out and hand in slips of paper and patiently wait their turn to get their 4 minutes of fame.
Five Types Of Singers For those who label karaoke as cheesy and kitsch, Frank defends it as cool. It takes guts, he says, to stand in front of a room full of strangers and pour your emotions into a song. In that respect, karaoke is no different than watching any band that cares about its performance. Frank adds his ideal audience consists of 70 percent people who do not sing and 30 percent that do.
According to Frank, five types of people show up at a karaoke show.
The first, believe it or not, he calls groupies people who regularly attend shows but never sing.
The second group consists of the actual singers who make the rounds at the numerous karaoke shows in area clubs. These people light up their lives through singing.
The third are cheating husbands with the rationale, since a karaoke bar is the last place any wife would look to find them, Frank says with a grin.
The fourth type are members of bands in search of a singer.
The fifth and final category are musicians who are simply looking for some entertainment without pretension.
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Written on 02/04/2002
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